Find it, bring it, trade it and keep it at Nature Swap on Saturdays and Sundays. If you enjoy exploring nature and collecting treasures, come to the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher to share and trade.
Bring in your finds such as interesting shells, bones, fossils, egg cases, rocks, pine cones and much more. Acquire points for each item, known as biofacts, you bring to the swap. Learn about your found biofact from Aquarium staff or earn more points to use in a trade by researching your biofact. Use your earned points to trade for items already in the Aquarium’s collection. Then take your new treasure home to keep. If an unusual item in the Aquarium’s collection captures your interest, save your points until you earn enough to trade for it.
Nature Swap provides a great reason to explore outdoors. You are encouraged, however, to do no damage while collecting, and to follow a few guidelines established by the Aquarium:
- Earn points for each item you bring, for a maximum of 3 items per day.
- Earn extra points for doing some of your own research on the item you found.
- Your item must be cleaned and in good condition.
Acceptable items to bring to the Nature Swap include: clean bones, antlers, teeth, claws, skulls, snake sheds (found in nature), sand, interesting rocks, fossils, invertebrate molts, eggs cases, shells, casts of animal footprints, preserved plant parts, and pine cones.
Items that the Aquarium will not accept for the Nature Swap include: objects from the Aquarium grounds, bird parts, feathers, eggs, nests, alligator parts or mounts, live plants, sea turtle parts, or marine mammal parts.
Look for the Nature Swap table in the Hurricane exhibit 11a.m. to 3p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Aquarium members can participate in Nature Swap again and again with free Aquarium admission. Non-members must pay admission to access Nature Swap for each trade.