FREE Day and Food Drive at Aquarium

By / Local Events / Monday, 07 November 2016 05:00

KURE BEACH, N.C. –The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites friends and supporters to experience a day at the Aquarium for free on the Veterans Day holiday, Friday, November 11, 2016.
“This is an annual opportunity to say thank you to all of our friends and supporters, especially our veterans,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “We also so know so many people of eastern North Carolina have faced tremendous challenges with recent flooding. Here is a chance for them to briefly step away and enjoy a fun day at the Aquarium at no charge.” Veterans Day is one of two holidays each year the N.C. Aquariums offer visitors free entry. The other is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January. All N.C. Aquariums also offer a discount throughout the year to active duty military and retired military (with identification). In addition, to help those affected by hurricane flooding and others in need, the Aquarium will be accepting non-perishable food, household and paper product donations on Nov. 11 to benefit those served by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Appropriate items include canned fruits, vegetables, meats, beans soups; peanut butter, infant formula, diapers, wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, sponges, toilet paper, paper towels. No glass please.  
Don’t forget most schools are closed for the holiday, too. Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to spend a fun-filled day at AquaCamp. Space is limited and a fee is required.
 AQUACAMP – INCREDIBLE INVERTEBRATES Friday, November 11 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Of the million or more animal species in the world, more than 98% are invertebrates. During this session campers meet a few of these including clams, snails, crabs, sea urchins, and sea stars. Live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Come and join the fun! Snacks are provided. Children will need to bring a bag lunch. Ages 5-12.  
Fee: $40 per participant. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
 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.
 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. 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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