COME ON IN, the water’s fine. The aquarium is open its usual, year-round, daily hours – 9am-5pm – on Labor Day, Sept. 7, and throughout the holiday weekend. See the website for the fall and winter line-up of programs and activities.
Virtues of Vultures
The aquarium wants to help vultures out with their image problem, and also wants to spread the word about the dangers threatening these big birds worldwide.
Join the International Vulture Awareness celebration Sept. 5- 6. The effort is aimed at illuminating vultures’ essential role in the ecosystem as part of nature’s clean-up crew. Their consumption of carrion may sound unappealing, but it helps prevent the spread of many diseases.
As with other wildlife, a range of threats imperil these intelligent animals around the globe. Some of their woes include lead poisoning from bullets in carcasses left by hunters, toxicity from drugs used in livestock in some countries, being killed as pests, and the lingering effects of the pesticide DDT on eggshell strength.
At the aquarium, find out how you can help vultures while you experience close-up encounters with live vultures, make a craft vulture to take home and participate in interactive activities in the Discovery Classroom, get a feel for vulture anatomy by touching wings, feet and other biofacts, and enjoy other programs about vultures.
Native black vultures and turkey vultures are popular stars of Bird’s-Eye View. The 10am and 2pm show featuring these birds and other native raptors and shorebirds is free with admission.
Aquarium Homeschool Day
The aquarium invites home school families to enjoy a day of educational programs and activities on Homeschool Day, Sept. 10. Registration begins at 9am.
This year’s theme is “The Ocean and You!” Participants complete activities related to that theme in each gallery. Creature Connection programs, crafts and other activities also feature how visitors can have a positive impact on marine life.
Behind-the-scenes tours are discounted to $4 per person for homeschool families and are scheduled for 11am and 2:30pm. Advance registration earlier in the day is required, tours are limited to 15 people and children must be at least five years old to participate.
The Shark Survivor Lab program is offered at 10am and 1pm free of charge for homeschoolers, but registration is required earlier in the day. Participants must be at least 5 years old, and tours are limited to a maximum of 30 people.
Aquarium admission and Homeschool Day activities, except the behind-the-scenes tours, are free for homeschool families – please bring your identification. The aquarium’s annual Homeschool Day is a special event in addition to the one free admission per year allowed for homeschool families.
The aquarium is open to the public normal operating hours and will conduct daily programs as usual for all visitors on Sept. 10.
Surf Fishing Workshop
Make your fishing wishes come true with the annual Surf Fishing Workshop Oct. 16-18.
Expert instruction and hands-on experience are the trademarks of this popular seminar, now in its 25th year. Instruction covers rods, reels, weights, line, tackle, knots, bait, fish identification, catch and release, cast netting, reading the surf, locating fish from the beach and caring for your catch.
The course gets beginners off to a great start and is an excellent refresher for all skill levels. The action culminates with a fishing trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore, or another location if the Cape is inaccessible.
The cost is $150 per person, discounted 10 percent for aquarium members. Advance registration is required and can be accomplished by phone or online. See the website for more.
The aquarium is open 9am-5pm daily. Admission is $10.95 for ages 13-61, $9.95 for military and age 62 and over; $8.95 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under and NC Aquarium Society members are admitted free. State taxes are additional to admission. The aquarium is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach; the address is 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. See www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003 for more information.