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

BEHIND THE SCENES
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, November 23, 30 and Saturdays, December 7 and 28 at 2 p.m. 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 - Saturdays, November 23, 30  at 11:15 a.m.; Sundays, November 24 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; Friday, November 29, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.; Saturdays, December 7, 14, 21, 28 at 11:15 a.m.; Sundays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 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 - Fridays, November  22, 29 at 2 p.m.; Wednesdays, November 20, 27 at 2 p.m.; Fridays, December 6, 20, 27 at 2 p.m.; Monday, December 30 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
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, November 23 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 up. Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. 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:  ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.  For more info 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.
AquaCamp Transportation! This year we are offering limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from Aquacamps! We can accommodate only 13 children per day. A fee and pre-registration is required.
DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS
HOLIDAY ELF CAMP
Saturday, December 7 at 9 a.m. –3:30 p.m. – Freshwater Animals
Saturday, December 14 at 9 a.m. –3:30 p.m. – Salt Marsh Animals
Saturday, December 21 at 9 a.m. –3:30 p.m. – Saltwater Animals
Looking for something fun this holiday season? The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers three Holiday Elf Camps. Our elves will create and wrap gifts, meet other elves and make extra special memories here at the Aquarium. This fun and educational program gives adult elves guilt-free time for holiday shopping or relaxation. The program fee of $50 includes a pizza lunch, snacks, instruction, crafts, holiday gift-wrap and countless wonderful memories. Register early to get the date you want. Ages 5-12. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Holiday Elf Camp Transportation!
We are offering limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from Elf Camp! We can accommodate only 13 children per day. FEE AND PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher will be closed Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25 and re-opens at 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 26.