Latest News from Roanoke Island

Endangered Species Day is May 16

News Article From: Roanoke Island,Uncategorized on Monday, April 21st, 2014

Join the Aquarium to recognize Endangered Species Day on May 16. The Aquarium highlights local endangered species through videos, live animal programs and games. Learn about the problems facing endangered and threatened species and how  simple changes in your daily life can help protect the environment and the animals that depend on it.


STAR Center to open soon

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

On Saturday, May 24, the new Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center opens to the public at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The 3,000 square-foot facility provides space for volunteers and staff to care for sick and injured sea turtles while exploring new techniques that support our knowledge of sea turtle health, anatomy and physiology.

Working side-by-side with the Aquarium’s partner, the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.), plans are to offer visitors an up-close experience with sea turtles. By providing a behind-the-scenes look at sea turtle care and rehabilitation, the Aquarium hopes to ensure a better understanding of the importance of sea turtles to the ocean’s ecosystem and support a successful recovery plan for marine reptiles worldwide.

The STAR facility features a viewing area, giving Aquarium visitors the opportunity to observe sea turtle rehabilitation in progress and learn about the processes and dedicated individuals that help heal and reintroduce these gentle animals into the sea.  A treatment room with a viewing window provides a glimpse into procedures, which focus on individual animals.

The STAR Center is designed to involve visitors in the efforts of sea turtle rehabilitation and reinforce the Aquarium’s mission to inspire, appreciate, and conserve our aquatic environment.


Dinosaurs for summer 2014!

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Animated life-size dinosaurs take up residence along the Aquarium’s nature trail this summer!  The outdoor exhibit, Tyrannosaurs Trek, featuring prehistoric tyrannosaurus rex, stegosaurus, triceratops, parasaurolophus and other ancient, fascinating creatures offer an educational and once-in-a-lifetime experience for the entire family. The exhibit is set to open Saturday, May 24, and run until Sept. 1. Don’t miss these amazing, action-motivated animals at the Aquarium this summer!  Aquarium admission required.









Earth Fair OBX III

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

 Celebrate this year’s Earth Day at the third annual OBX Earth Fair Saturday, April 26, at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, 850 NC 345, in Wanchese.

A number of local organizations team up to provide an afternoon of family fun, featuring lots of  hands-on activities throughout the facility and on surrounding grounds.

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island brings Enviroscape, an interactive model for demonstrating how water can become polluted when it travels over land, streets, yards and through storm drains. The model also points out how our personal actions can affect the health of our oceans, sounds and waterways.

Earth Day features an ongoing speaker series by local professionals and a student film festival by the Monitor’s National Marine Sanctuary Youth Working Group. New this year will be the incorporation of outdoor activities along the canal and wetlands at the institute’s facility.

Event participants receive a passport to complete during a journey through the Earth Fair, which can be used for a free entry into a raffle for the chance to win great prizes. Additional raffle tickets are available for $1.

Earth Day is free and open to the public and made possible by support from the N.C. Coastal Federation, UNC Coastal Studies Institute, N.C. Sea Grant, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Join us for Earth Fair OBX III to learn more about local organizations that are working to educate, protect, and promote sustainability. The event will be held rain or shine.

Bald Cypress Planted for Arbor Day

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Thursday, March 27th, 2014


Last Friday, Dunes of Dare Garden Club ladies helped NHES kindergartners and Rhana Paris, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island Outreach Coordinator, plant a bald cypress tree for Arbor Day. The garden club and the Aquarium often work as partners in our community. Pictured are the ladies of Dunes of Dare Garden Club.



Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

OSummer Camps at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island are where lasting friendships are made and fun and adventure go hand-in-hand. To sign up your youngster today  Click here.

For more details or further information, call 252-473-3494, ext. 232.


AmeriCorps member Brooke Wilson joins staff

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, March 24th, 2014

Brooke Wilson, a native North Carolinian, was born and reared in Greensboro. She attended NC State University and graduated last July with a degree in zoology.

Brooke has worked as a volunteer and intern for a variety of conservation groups over the last 9 years, beginning as a docent at the Natural Science Center in Greensboro. She also worked as an intern at the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham and the Manatee Rehab facility at the Tampa Florida Zoo.

Brooke is an AmeriCorps member and is working with the Aquarium’s education team to present daily educational programs for visitors. Her Aquarium stay will last for seven months, as she joins the staff in promoting the Aquarium’s mission of  inspiring appreciation and conservation of our environment and natural resources.


‘Enchanted Seas,’ The Papier Mâché Art of Carol Willett

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The “Gypsy Fish Wife,” “Musical Lute Fish,” “Jules the Giant Squid,”  “Carolina Card Shark” and a host of other fabulous creatures have taken up residence in the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island Nautilus Art Gallery through July 7, 2014.

Inspired by the ocean, literature and the lifelong interest in cross-cultural mythology, the art of Outer Banks artist Carol Willett is delighting guests with a romp through Enchanted Seas of visual puns and near-magical art. The 17 sea creatures are crafted from recycled materials, paint, glitter, seashells and love.

Surrounded by her creations on every wall of her home in Southern Shores, the artist is more multifaceted than her 17-sided house. After retiring from the U.S. Government, Willett began exploring her interest in cloth and papier mâché. She found sculpting in this medium is another way to do what she has always liked to do—uncover new possibilities and develop potential. An upstairs sunroom serves as a studio where her collection of beach finds and items normally bound for the recycling bin occupy a large closet and a mysterious antique Chinese medicine chest. Each piece of art is unique and requires 1 to 6 weeks to produce, depending on size and complexity.

Willett says, “The best years of my life have been spent by the sea . . . on travels around the world and now on Outer Banks. What the tides leave behind enchants me, and I regularly meld objects from the sea and shore into my creatures of imagination. This exhibit is a small sampling of the many mammals, myriad mythical creatures, perky personalities and sea life I’ve sculpted since moving to Southern Shores in 2010. My sculpture recycles newspaper, catalogs, cardboard, coat hangers, old bed sheets, plastic, glass and natural materials into new life forms. My creatures happily detour off the beaten path into the realm of imagination. I hope the creatures make viewers smile, if not laugh right out loud. Their mission, and mine, is to create joy in our world.”

Says exhibition curator Kitty Dough, “The Aquarium is delighted to host Carol’s creatures of Enchanted Seas where fish dream, Jazzy Jellies sport nautical bling and Social Morays take on a whole new meaning!”

Enchanted Seas: The Papier Mâché Art of Carol Willett is included with regular Aquarium admission until it swims away July 7, 2014.




Aquarium admission fees to increase March 1

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Admission fees at the three North Carolina Aquariums will increase by a little less than $3 starting March 1.

Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head, also under the Aquariums Division, will institute a walk-on fee of $2 for sightseers; $1 for ages 12 and under.

The fee increases are part of an effort to offset shrinking state funding for the state Aquarium facilities.

“These increases will allow the Aquariums and Jennette’s Pier to continue to fulfill our mission of conservation education, and meet our commitment of providing visitors with top-quality experiences,” said David Griffin, director of the Aquariums Division. “That includes everything from new animals, exhibits and activities to building maintenance.”

The Aquariums last increased admission fees eight years ago. Since then, state support has dropped by 30 percent.

Aquarium fees for each age category increase by $2.95, bringing the adult charge to $10.95; ages 62 and up to $9.95 and children, ages 3-12, to $8.95. The new fee structure also includes a military rate of $9.95. Children ages 2 and under and members of the North Carolina Aquarium Society will continue to enjoy free admission.

“Even with the increases, admission fees at the Aquariums are some of the lowest among Aquariums across the country,” Griffin added. “The Aquariums are great values for family outings.”


A day at the Aquarium

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Lots of school groups and children are planning trips to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The video link below shows the anticipation and excitement of one of the groups that visited recently. I think you will agree they had lots of fun!