BY megan soult
The N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is gearing up for spring by hosting a series of educational programs in the upcoming months.
Those who visit the aquarium can learn more about the animals that call the aquarium home with special behind-the-scenes events.
Aquarium at a Glance is from noon to 12:45 p.m. every Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday until May.
Those who participate in this event will be able to visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs and get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck exhibit.
The program is for those ages 5 and older and costs $12 per person.
Aquarium Close Encounters is from 2-3:30 p.m. every Saturday until May.
Those who participate in this behind-the-scenes event will visit labs and holding areas, as well as have the opportunity to feed the animals. This program also offers an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck exhibit.
The program is suitable for those ages 6 and older and costs $25 per person.
The behind-the-scene program Shark Snack is from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays until May.
Starting Saturday, April 1, registration for the aquarium’s summer camp opens. Registration opens at 6 a.m. and can be completed online at www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores.
Those who can’t wait for summer camp can sign up for the aquarium’s spring break camp.
The sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, April 18-20.
These camps combine fun and learning into adventures during the holiday break. Participants will enjoy outdoor activities, animal interactions, discovery labs and behind-the-scenes action.
The camps are open for children in first through fifth grade. Advanced registration is required. The cost for the camp is $40 per day for nonmembers and $36 per day for aquarium members.
On Friday-Sunday, April 21-23, the aquarium plans to celebrate Earth Day with the special event Party for the Planet.
Special programs and activities will focus on conservation connection. Aquarium visitors will learn what they can do to help animals and their habitats.
This program is free with aquarium admission.
Another conservation program is set for Tuesday, May 16.
The Shoreline Restoration Project is a group effort between the aquarium and the N.C. Coastal Federation.
The event is held at the Trinity Center in Salter Path, and it is part of a living shoreline project.
The event is free, but registration is required.
Endangered Species Day is set for Saturday, May 20.
During this special event, aquarium visitors will become more aware of conservation efforts and lean how they can help animals and their habitats.
The aquarium will highlight and bring awareness to endangered species through activities and crafts. The program is free with aquarium admission.
For more information about the aquarium programs, call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com.pine-knoll-shores.
Participants will visit the food preparation areas, as well as the animal holding area and labs. During an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck, participants will be able to witness the aquarium’s aquarists feed the sharks.
This program is for those over the age of 5 and costs $20 per person.
Starting Saturday, May 27, the aquarium will host a free flight bird show entitled “A Bird’s-Eye View.”
This program is set for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily in the Big Rock Theater. During this program, participants can get a closer look at some of the birds that live at the aquarium.
The show highlights the unique features of various owls, hawks, pelicans, vultures and other species.
This program is free with admission price.
In addition to the daily programs, the aquarium has scheduled special events to help educate the public on conservation, the ocean and the marine animals.