- Published on Sunday, 20 May 2012 21:20
- Written by Super User
Hap Fatzinger, Aquarium curator, instructs Wrightsville Beach Elementary school students how to release toads at James E. L. Wade Park.
Kure Beach, NC - More than 1,000 toads are sounding their call today, happy to be back in their natural habitat after being released by New Hanover County students over the last few weeks.
For the fifth year, the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher offered “Amphibians in the Classroom” to foster a sense of environmental stewardship among students, while creating a better understanding of amphibians and the environment we share.
Five area New Hanover County Elementary schools started with tadpoles collected locally by Aquarium staff. With the help of Aquarium educators, students raised the tadpoles from eggs, watching as they grew to tiny Southern toads. In the past two weeks, students from Carolina Beach Elementary, Anderson Elementary, Wrightsville Beach Elementary, Mary C. Williams Elementary and the Cape Fear Center for Inquiry released the toads in area parks and ponds. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s “Amphibians in the Classroom” program received a grant from The Walmart Foundation and the Walmart Supercenter on Carolina Beach Road. The $1,000 award helped fund outreach learning in local second-grade classrooms with the assistance of the Southern toad.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on US 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $8 adults ages 13-62; $7 seniors; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children under 2; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information: www.ncaquariums.com.