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July 2013 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

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 preregistration and fees.

BEHIND THE SCENES
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, July 13, 20, 27 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 -  Mondays, July 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m.; Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 11:15 a.m.; Thursdays, July 4, 11, 18, 25 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.; Fridays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 at 11:15 a.m.; Saturdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m.; Sundays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 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.
• Extended BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Mondays, July 15, 22, 29 at 2 p.m.; Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 2 p.m.; Fridays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 at 2 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.
OUTDOORS & EXPLORATION
• CANOEING THE SALT MARSH - Saturdays, July 13, 20, 27 at 9 a.m. - A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Activities may include crabbing, seining, or birding. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. Ages 8 and up. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by two adults. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. Fee: $25 per participant. Admission to Aquarium is not included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Tuesdays, July 16, 23, 30 at 8 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 up. Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
SUMMER DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS - Aquarium summer camps provide fun and safe learning opportunities with knowledgeable and competent leadership. Camps run simultaneously for ages 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Ages 5-6, known as Aquanauts, become immersed in weekly topics through animal interaction, play, storytelling, crafts, and hands on outdoor activities. Ages 7-9, Marine Detectives, use their investigative skills during animal programs, outdoor excursions, and interactive games to better understand nature. Ages 10-12, Ocean Explorers, participate with staff in experiences outdoors, and behind the scenes at the Aquarium, to discover each weekly topic. Ages 13-14, Coastal Crusaders, venture farther to explore different coastal environments and learn about animal collection. These campers also interact more directly with staff behind the scenes to assist with animal care.
• ANIMAL KEEPERS - July 15 – 19, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 10-12; July 22 – 26, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 10-12 - How do we feed 2,000 animals? What does it take to keep a 235,000 gallon aquarium clean? Where do aquarium animals come from? Campers learn what it takes to be responsible for the daily care and maintenance of aquarium animals. By helping prepare food, clean exhibits, and create animal enrichment campers get a glimpse of the work required to provide proper animal care. Fee: $220 for non-members for ages 5-12, $198 for ages 5-12 for NC Aquarium Society Members. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
• WEIRD, WONDERFUL WILDLIFE - July 29 – August 2, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12 - Have you ever wondered how frogs survive the winter, or why some fish can glow in the dark? Sometimes animals are just plain weird, but in a good way of course! Campers will learn all about the strange and sometimes gross adaptations animals have to live in their environments. Exploration trips inside and outside of the aquarium will turn an animal encounter from an “eww” to an “aww” moment. Fee: $220 for non-members for ages 5-12, $198 for ages 5-12 for NC Aquarium Society Members. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $8 ages 13-61; $7 seniors; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information: www. ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher