At the big tank

The N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores will host plenty of activities this summer. Those who visit the site can see the animals that call the aquarium home and participate in different educational and fun programs. (File photo)

Spend the summer at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores learning about the environment and the animals that call the Crystal Coast home.

Throughout the summer, the aquarium will host weekly programs.

Mondays

•    Stand-up Paddleboarding for Kids is from 9 to 11 a.m. Designed especially for youth, participants in this program will explore Bogue Sound on a stand-up paddleboard with an instructor to guide them. During this adventure, participants will learn about the plants and animals that call the Roosevelt Natural Area their home. It is for those over the age of 6 and is $40 per person.

•    Behind the Scenes: The Aquarium at a Glance is from noon to 12:45 p.m. Participants will visit food preparation and animal holding areas to get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. It is for those over the age of 5 and costs $15 per person.

•    Behind the Scenes: Otter Antics is from 1-2 p.m. Participants will meet the otter keeper and help prepare special enrichment items the aquarium’s otters, Eno, Neuse and Pungo, will enjoy during their feeding. Participants will spend time behind the scenes with aquarium staff and discover how much fun it is to care for the furry ambassadors. The program is for those over the age of 12 and is $20 per person.

•    Behind the Scenes: Feeding Frenzy is from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Participants will visit food preparation and animal holding areas then help feed the fish in Living Shipwreck. The program is appropriate for those over the age of 5 and is $20 per person.

•    Kids Night Out is from 6-10 p.m. During this program, parents can drop their little ones off at the aquarium for a fun night filled with animal interactions. Snacks and pizza dinner are included. The program is for children between the ages of 4 and 12. It costs $40 per child.

Tuesdays

•    Roosevelt Natural Area Paddle Trip is from 9-11 a.m. Participants will explore tidal flats and quiet backwaters as they become aware of the intricate web of life thriving in this natural environment. The aquarium provides the canoe or kayak. The program is for ages 8 and older and costs $30 per person.

•    Behind the Scenes: The Aquarium at a Glance is from noon to 12:45 p.m.

•    Behind the Scenes: Birds is from 1-2 pm. Participants will meet a few of the aquarium’s avian ambassadors while learning what it takes to be a bird trainer. They will see how enrichment is prepared for the birds and spend time behind the scenes with aquarium staff learning what it’s like to care for feathered friends. The program is for those over the age of 5 and costs $20 per person.

•    Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack is from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Participants will visit food preparation and animal holding areas then help feed the fish in the Living Shipwreck while viewing shark feedings by the aquarium’s animal care staff. This program is for those over the age of 5 and costs $20 per person.

•    Sea Turtle Trek is from 7-9 p.m. Participants will visit the aquarium after hours to learn about sea turtle conservation efforts. They will explore behind-the-scenes areas while getting up close and personal with the aquarium’s sea turtle ambassadors before strolling the nighttime beach looking for sea turtle nests in the sand. The program is for those over the age of 5 and costs $20 per person.

Wednesdays

•    Behind the Scenes: The Aquarium at a Glance is from noon to 12:45 p.m.

•    Behind the Scenes: Feeding Frenzy is from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

•    Sleep with the Fishes is from 6-9 p.m. Roll out your sleeping bag by the Living Shipwreck as sharks, eels and fishes swim just inches away. Snacks, pizza dinner, breakfast, programs and an aquarium tour are included. The cost is $50 per person.

Thursdays

•    Fishing Fanatics is from 8-11 a.m. Participants will learn to catch the big ones from the surf with hands-on instruction. Equipment, bait and licensing requirements are covered. The program is for those over the age of 10 and is $25 per person.

•    Behind the Scenes: The Aquarium at a Glance is from noon to 12:45 p.m.

•    Sound Seafood: Catching Crabs and Clams is from 1-3 p.m. Participants will learn the art of harvesting crabs and clams and the importance of conserving coastal habitats. The program is for those over the age of 8 and is $20 per person.

•    Behind the Scenes: Feeding Frenzy is from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Fridays

•    Stand-up Paddleboarding is from 9-11 a.m.

•    Behind the Scenes: The Aquarium at a Glance is from noon to 12:45 p.m.

•    Aquarist Apprentice is from 1:30-4 p.m. Participants will join aquarium staff on a behind-the-scenes tour, help prepare animal meals and participate in some daily care and maintenance tasks. They will learn about the animals as they assist aquarists with their caretaking responsibilities. The program is for those over the age of 13 and is $30 per person.

•    Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack is from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Saturdays

•    Roosevelt Natural Area Paddle Trip is from 9-11 a.m.

•    Behind the Scenes: The Aquarium at a Glance is from noon to 12:45 p.m.

•    Behind the Scenes: Feeding Frenzy is from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Sundays

•    Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters is from 2-2:30 p.m. Participants will visit labs and holding areas and feed the animals in this through behind-the-scenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. It is for those over the age of 5 and is $25 per person.

•    Sea Turtle Trek is from 7-9 p.m.

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