Flights of Fancy
FLOCK TO THE aquarium to enjoy a glimpse of life on the wing with the Bird’s-Eye View program, free with admission twice a day. Three colorful sun conures join the cast of native raptors and water birds to deliver conservation messages along with loads of family enjoyment.
We’re going to help the Crystal Coast shine! Join us on July 5 in Pine Knoll Shores for a beach clean-up event, as part of the Aquarium’s Volunteer Service Corps. The Volunteer Service Corps offers an easy way for families and groups to volunteer together. For more details and to sign up, visit the aquarium’s website.
Fins Up for Shark Week
Sink your teeth into fun and facts all about sharks during Shark Week July 10-16 at the aquarium. Family-friendly programs, activities, crafts and displays portray the truth about these often misunderstood creatures, their essential role in the ocean ecosystem and the threats they face.
“The popularity of Shark Week and the immense interest the public has in these fascinating animals gives us an opportunity to tell the real story of what is happening to sharks,” said Education Curator Windy Arey Kent. “Finning, over-fishing, pollution and other factors have caused shark populations to plummet worldwide. That can indicate big problems for ocean ecosystems.”
Shark Week activities, free with admission, include information on solutions.
“We want to use this opportunity to let people know that while sharks face overwhelming obstacles, people have the power to help the ocean’s top predators each and every day,” she said.
The TREE-mendous Nature Play playground features a treehouse platform, climbing net, two slides, a swing and other opportunities for children to enjoy the outdoors. Use of the playground and activities are free with admission. TREE-mendous is on the Hoffman Nature Trail, just past the end of the Marsh Boardwalk.
Make a splash during your vacation with the aquarium’s stand-up paddle boarding adventures. The aquarium provides the boards, expert instruction and information on the flora and fauna surrounding you as you explore Bogue Sound. This experience is available five days a week, including sessions geared to kids.
If you’d rather sit down for the scenery, take a paddle trip along the shores of the Roosevelt Natural Area. Also enjoy sessions on catching crabs and clams, a marsh exploration and an evening beach expedition focused on sea turtles. For oceanside action, sign up for a surf fishing primer.
To get out of the sun or rain, choose from a number of behind-the-scenes tours. These include a tour focused on the river otters, one on feeding the fish and another on feeding sharks, in addition to big-picture views. See the website for the full selection and the schedule. These activities require fees in addition to admission and advance registration – sign up early, as they fill quickly. Online registration is fast and easy.
The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. Hours are 9am-5pm daily. For more information, see www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003.