Get the latest news on ocean conservation when you visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. With the new Coastal America Ocean Today kiosk, visitors use a touch screen to choose the subjects they want to see on the 50-inch video monitor. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides a wide array of action-packed videos – how climate change affects penguins, what it’s like to live in an underwater research center, the medical treatment of dolphin and dozens more topics. NOAA regularly adds to the family-friendly selections with current productions on global and national conservation issues and efforts.
“The Ocean Today kiosk brings the Aquarium an additional dimension to engage our visitors about our coastal environment and what they can do to help protect it,” said Aquarium Director Allen Monroe. “The interactive, touch-screen technology lets our visitors select the topics that interest them. With Internet connectivity, the news stories and research information can be continuously updated with the most relevant conservation stories.”
The Aquarium is one of 24 Coastal America Learning Centers in the United States. Coastal America, an interagency federal partnership, established the Learning Center network in 1996 to promote education and conservation of the nation’s coastal ecosystems. The Ocean Today kiosk is in the Piedmont Gallery, near the River Otters exhibit.