Visitors can catch best practices and tips from local fishing experts and discover the lure of cast netting at hourly demonstrations. Little anglers casting about for games and activities won’t be disappointed when they learn to tie helpful nautical knots and create take-home crafts. Guests explore more during hands-on programs including surf fishing classes, crabbing expeditions and the opportunity to be an Aquarist Apprentice.
In addition, the Aquarium will host a volunteer group as part of the North Carolina Big Sweep to rid local beaches and fishing spots of trash and marine debris. Volunteers who register with the Aquarium group will meet at 9 a.m. and travel to the nearby boat basin and beach to collect trash. Bags and gloves will be provided.
“Reel Fun Fishing Day” is free with Aquarium admission. Classes and tours are an additional fee. Preregister for classes required. Big Sweep volunteers may sign-up by emailing NCAFF.firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
This 3-hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion and surf fishing on the beach. All equipment and bait provided. Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g. throwing a cast net). For ages 10 and older; children ages 8 to 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. $15 per person. Aquarium admission not included. Pre-registration is required.
10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
A hands-on program introducing the challenge of catching blue crabs. Lessons in crab biology and crabbing equipment prepare participants for an exciting expedition through the salt marsh to catch (and release) crabs. All bait and equipment is provided. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 7 and older; ages 7-14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. $14 for ages 7 to 12; $16 for ages 13 and up. Aquarium admission not included. Pre-registration is required.
2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
Join Aquarium staff on a behind-the-scenes tour, help prepare animal diets, and participate in some daily care and maintenance tasks. This program is a hands-on, up-close experience. Learn more about how an aquarium works. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and up; children ages 10-14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Aquarium admission is included. Pre-registration is required. $23 for ages 10-12; $25 for ages 13 and older.