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2014 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

BEHIND THE SCENES
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, March 15, 22, 29 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 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, March 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m. Sundays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., and Sundays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11:15 a.m., Sundays, April 13, 27 at 1:15 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at 11:15 a.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 - Wednesdays, March 19 at 2 p.m. and Fridays, March 14, 28 at 2 p.m., Wednesdays, April 2, 30 at 2 p.m. and Fridays, April 11, 25 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.
For Children
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Thursday, March 6 at 10 a.m. – Crabs and Thursday, March 20 at 10 a.m. – Sharks, Skates and Rays, Thursday, April 10 at 11 a.m. – Amphibians, Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. – Reptiles  - Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Aquarium admission included. Parents pay admission only. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Outdoors & Exploration
• SALT MARSH EXPLORATION - Sundays, April 6 and 20 at 1:00 p.m. - Hike the salt marsh trail and view first-hand the activities of marsh-dwelling animals and the variety of plants found in this rich environment. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to get wet and muddy. For ages 7 and older. Fee: $18 for ages 13 and older, $16 for ages 7-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturdays, April 5, 26 at 9 a.m. - This three 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). For ages 10 and older. Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Outdoors & Exploration
• ALLIGATOR EGG HUNT - Saturdays, April 12 and 19 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Friday, April 18 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - Come join the fun on our Alligator Egg Hunt. Kids will see a live baby alligator and learn about these fascinating animals. They create their own special alligator egg basket and then search for candy filled “alligator eggs.” Recommended for ages 3-10, however all ages are welcome. Limited space is available. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $20 per child. Aquarium admission included. Adults will need to pay admission to Aquarium. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED BY APRIL 9 FOR APRIL 12. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED BY APRIL 16 FOR APRIL 18 AND 19.
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:$10.95 ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 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