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NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher Upcoming Events

The Aquarium is located at US 421, 15 Miles South of Wilmington For more information or to register for a program, please call (910)458-7468 Monday - Friday from 9-5PM or Check the website for program details at www.ncaquariums.com
*Pre-Registration for all events REQUIRED. Meeting place for all events is at the North Carolina Aquarium’s Front Desk (unless otherwise listed).

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR A PROGRAM, please call (910) 458.7468 or visit ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher. For all programs, children ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, except for camps. ALL programs require pre-registration and fees.
BEHIND THE SCENES
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2 p.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. - Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an Aquarium? Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. If you have ever cared for a home aquarium, you may have some idea of what it takes to operate a collection of salt and freshwater exhibits, with hundreds of animals. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. This unique opportunity is limited to 10 participants. Children under 8 are not permitted. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fee: $15.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 17 and under. Aquarium admission included. NC Aquarium Society Members pay $9.00 per participant.
• EXTENDED BEHIND THE SCENES - Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 2 p.m., Friday, August 31, 2012 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 2 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2012 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 2 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2012 at 2 p.m., Monday, September 17, 2012 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 2 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2012 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 2 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. - It’s feeding time, and you’re invited to watch. Visit the top of our largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals, during an expanded tour behind the scenes. Get a birds-eye view of this 235,000 gallon tank as sharks, stingrays, moray eels, and other fish swim below! Aquarists feed the animals during the tour, offering a unique opportunity for close-up viewing. Children under 8 are not permitted. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fee: $20.00 for ages 13 and up, $18.00 for ages 8-12. Aquarium admission included.
FOR CHILDREN/PARENTS
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 10 a.m. – Turtles, Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10 a.m. – Sharks - Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For children ages 3 through 5. Fee: $11 per child. Aquarium admission included. Parents pay admission only. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• MOMMY AND ME - Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 9 a.m. - Moms and their children interact and learn together about aquarium animals. Afterwards, you can enjoy free playtime in our Freshwater Wonders Room, which will be reserved just for program participants. Different animal topics will be offered each date. For adults and children ages 1 - 2. Fee: $13 for one adult and one child ($1 for each additional child). Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Outdoors & Exploration
• CANOEING THE SALT MARSH - Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9 a.m., Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 9 a.m., Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9 a.m., Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 9 a.m., Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. - A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe.  Activities may include crabbing, seining, or birding. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. Ages 8 and older. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by two adults.  Fee: $25 per participant. Admission to Aquarium is not included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 9 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9 a.m., Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 9 a.m. - This 3-hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and older. Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.