Down to Earth
JOIN THE FESTIVITIES at the aquarium’s Earth Day Party for the Planet, April 22-24. This year’s theme focuses on migrations. Watch for displays and activities emphasizing the birds, sea turtles, and other animals that make their way to North Carolina.
On April 16, visit with aquarium educators and live animals as part of the Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival at Fort Macon State Park. The aquarium comes together with a number of other conservation–minded organizations for this annual event. The Coastal Education and Visitors Center at the park is the center of these activities. Check the festival’s website for times and details on other activities and displays.
Lend a Hand
We need you, your family and your friends! Make a huge impact by joining us for one of four of our new Volunteer Service Corps days. This new program allows individuals, families and groups to spend a bit of time volunteering together.
On Saturday, April 23, from 1:30-4pm, join us for our first project, planting native marsh grasses in Salter Path. There’s no training, specific time commitment or fee required. Simply sign up online, come out and get your hands dirty!
Marshes are a vital habitat for many different species and are important for humans and coastal protection as well. This is a great project for families or groups with children, and is appropriate for anyone ages five and up. Be prepared to get wet and muddy! This particular event has limited space, so be sure to register online or by calling 252-247-4003.
Celebrating 40 Years!
In 1976, all three NC Aquariums opened their doors and this year marks their 40th anniversary. To celebrate, the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores wants to see your old aquarium photos, taken between 1976-2003. Selected shots will be featured with credit once a month on the aquarium’s Facebook page. You can submit photos on the Facebook page or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camps and Family Fun
Registration for the aquarium’s popular summer camps opens at 6am on Friday, April 1. Registrations are accepted online only.
A camp for the small fry – Sea Squirts for kids entering kindergarten and first grade – runs in June. Two sessions of Sea Scholars for grades 6-8 are scheduled for July. Three sessions of two camps for the kids in between are scheduled between June through August – Aquatic Adventurers for grades 2-3 and Coastal Explorers for grades 4-5. All camps run 8:30am-2:30pm. The fee is $270 per camper. See the website for more information.
Summer brings lots of other opportunities for family fun on or near the water, including stand-up paddle-boarding classes and surfing. Check the website for more family-friendly activities such as behind-the-scenes tours, paddling trips and other adventures, indoors and out.
Meanwhile, the aquarium is open every day 9am-5pm, including all of Easter weekend. Enjoy a number of programs free with admission daily. Behind-the-scenes tours are offered almost every day for a small extra fee.
As May brings warmer weather, stand up paddleboarding and kayaking programs will be offered depending on demand – call to see what’s on the schedule.
The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. The aquarium is open 9am-5pm daily. Admission is $10.95 for ages 13-61; $9.95 for age 62 and up and military; $8.95 for ages 3-12; no charge for age 2 and under and NC Aquarium Society members. State taxes are additional to fees. For more information, see www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003.