North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher Hosting Autism Friendly Day February 21st

By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 16 February 2016 05:00

KURE BEACH, N.C. — The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher hosts a day of discovery designed for children and adults living with autism on Sunday, February 21, 2016.
Autism Friendly Day programs and activities are free with Aquarium admission. The dive program, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., will include an educator assisting guests in finding animals in the Cape Fear Shoals, the 235,000 gallon exhibit featuring sharks, rays and a green sea turtle. Visitors also can collect seven Aquarium passport stamps to guide them through the Aquarium and help identify animal-touching opportunities. A calm-space to help provide comfort, relaxation or a break will be available to families and their children. In addition, staff will offer three, hour-long programs throughout the day as a preview for upcoming autism friendly bi-monthly programs at the Aquarium.
The Aquarium hosts Autism Friendly Day with the assistance of the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program to better serve the needs and interests of children and adults living with autism. For more information about Autism Friendly Day call (910) 772-0500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Scheduled Aquarium programs and activities on Feb. 21 include:
9:30 a.m. Program Preview
10 a.m. Film: “Reef Magic,” featuring the Cat and the Hat
10:30 a.m. Dive Show at Cape Fear Shoals exhibit
11 a.m. Animal Feeding
11:30 a.m. What We Love Most About the Coast
Noon Program Preview
1 p.m. Program Preview
1:30 p.m. Live Animal Program-Reptiles
2:30 p.m. Dive Show at Cape Fear Shoals exhibit
3 p.m. Animal Feeding
3:30 p.m. Jellyfish Animal Encounters
4 p.m. Film: “Eyewitness Sharks”
Additional activities include: A coastal waters touch tank, a bamboo shark touch tank, Adventure Reef outside playground, Paws for People and more.
About the Aquarium - The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Kure Beach, a short drive south 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. Taxes not included. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children and N.C. Aquarium Society members. The Aquarium is one of three state aquariums in North Carolina administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). General information:
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 230 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction. More on AZA:
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources - The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit


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