Latest News from Roanoke Island

Seafood Series kicks off with Chef Nate Bean, Black Pelican Restaurant

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, March 9th, 2015

Tantalize your taste buds with new recipes from the sea presented by a local restaurant chef. Different seafoods are featured at each session with an emphasis on local Outer Banks seafood. Class participants receive biological information, copies of all recipes and a savory sample of each dish prepared.  Our first presenter is Chef Nate Bean from the Black Pelican Restaurant in Kitty Hawk.

Chef Bean prepares scallops and sald for our Seafood Series partiicipants.

Chef Bean prepares scallops and salad for our Seafood Series participants.

Tuesday, March 31, noon

Tuesday, April 21, noon

Ages: 12 and up

$23 per person; $18 for NC Aquarium Members

Duration 2 Hours

Chefs Justin and Johanna Lachine of Cafe Lachine in Nags Head are the featured presenters in May.

Four Stars for efficiency, effectiveness and transparency!

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, February 23rd, 2015

 

North Carolina Aquarium Society gives $4.5 million to North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island for gallery, exhibits and entrance renovations.  Construction to begin October 2015.

North Carolina Aquarium Society gives $4.5 million to North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island for gallery, exhibits and entrance renovations. Construction to begin October 2015.

Great news! Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-trusted evaluator of charities, recently awarded the NC Aquarium Society four stars for efficiency, effectiveness and transparency.

This marks the third year in a row the Aquarium Society has received the group’s highest rating. Learn more about how this impacts the Aquariums at:

http://www.ncaquariums.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Charity-Navigator-Four-Star-Press-Release-2014.pdf

 
 
 

Water Education for Teachers, NC Project WET

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an interdisciplinary water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of K–12 students to implement in their own curriculum. The Project WET Curriculum & Activity Guide provides hands-on, supplemental activities that are correlated to the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science, Social Studies and Health Education for Grades K–8 and for High School WET logoEarth/Environmental Science and Biology.

This workshop will count 6 hours towards Criteria I for the NC Environmental Education Certification.

Bring a check for $19.75 made payable to the Division of Water Resources. This fee covers your take-home curriculum guide.

To register, visit reservations.ncaquariums.com/roanokeisland and click on Teacher Workshops along the left side of the page. Registration is required 4 days in advance. This class is limited to 24 participants so sign up soon!

Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 9am–4pm

Location:

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

374 Airport Road

Manteo, NC 27954

$19.75 per person, paid at the workshop.

For additional information, call Kat Fourhman at 252-475-2309.

Duration: 6 hours for workshop, 1 hour for lunch

 

Sea Turtle Exploration Teacher Workshop

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents Sea Turtle Exploration: a curriculum to help educators engage students in the fundamentals of STEAM through ready-to-use, standards based lesson plans and sea turtles. Join us for a hands-on teacher workshop guiding you through our new curriculum and website.sea turtle

In addition to the curriculum, you will learn about additional resources such as weekly blog posts will be made during the school year. Topics will include: species profiles, aquarium staff spotlights, behind the scenes videos, new lesson plans and more. Even follow the growth of Aquarium hatchling sea turtles by visiting the blog each week!

Aligned with the new Common Core and Essential Standards, your class will be able to “adopt” a turtle and learn about its care and growth. By adopting our sea turtle you will receive weekly updates with information including the turtle’s current weight and length. Each class will also receive a certificate of participation.

By the end of the workshop, you will be familiar with the website and curriculum and how to implement the lessons in your own classroom. These three hour workshops qualify for NC EE Certification Criteria III. Workshops will be taking place across the state.

When: Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1:00–4:00 PM

Location: North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC

Cost: $10

Registration: http://reservations.ncaquariums.com/roanokeisland/Info.aspx?EventID=29

 

Pea Island Life Savers are topic of NC Aquarium this winter

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, January 26th, 2015

Warm up this winter with harrowing tales of courage and battles against the odds from Life-Saving Station #17.  The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will feature showings of “Rescue Men,” a documentary chronicling the story of the all black crew of surf men stationed on the Outer Banks from the late 1800s up to 1947. Led by local Richard Etheridge, the Pea Island crew was the first entirely black crew and one of the most courageous of the Life-Saving Service,  which was the precursor of today’s U.S. Coast Guard. Join the Aquarium in celebrating Black History Month with free viewings each Sunday in February at 1:30 p.m.

Richard Etheridge and his crew of all black life savers, historic rescues and challenges during their time.

Richard Etheridge and his crew of all black life savers, historic rescues and challenges during their time.

Afterwards, view the in-house exhibit dedicated to the Pea Island Life Savers and visit the on-site memorial and gravesite of Richard Etheridge and his family. “Rescue Men” will be available for purchase in the Aquarium gift shop.

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is at 374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC. For more information, please call 252-475-2300, or visit ncaquariums.com.

 

Aqua Tots Program Free with Admission

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Aqua TotsThe Aquarium is offering ”Aqua Tots” programs for toddlers (ages 2–5), and each is free with regular admission! Parents can sit back and relax as the little ones play and learn while accompanied by our education staff. Children will be introduced to an animal topic or a nature theme through stories and hands-on learning.

March 10 — Snakes
March 24 — Amphibians
March 31 — Hedgehog

All “Aqua Tots” programs begin at 11 a.m. and last for approximately one hour. Spaces are limited, so reserve a spot for your child today!

Free admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

News Article From: Roanoke Island,Uncategorized on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked this question: “What did you do to help others?”

In honor of Dr. King, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is offering free admission on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19. Bring family and friends and enjoy exhibits, live animals and educational programs. A live dive presentation is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Although admission is free, visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to contribute to the local food pantry.

‘Wildlife of the Outer Banks’ – Nature Photography by Jeff Lewis

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, January 5th, 2015
Heron in the Grass, photograph by Jeff Lewis

Heron in the Grass, photograph by Jeff Lewis

Spectacular and flamboyant, subdued and revealing, tiny or tremendous – nature through the lens of photographer Jeff Lewis takes the viewer into another world where we meet an amazing variety of birds, mammals and reptiles that make Dare County their home.

Jeff is a prolific photographer and attributes his success to his love and respect for nature. His lifelong passion for wildlife is reflected in the quality of his work. He has been widely published in numerous books and magazines, including The Illustrated Birds of North Carolina, The North Carolina Birding Trail regional guides, “Wildlife in North Carolina,” “Audubon” and “Garden and Gun” magazines, as well as in newspapers throughout North Carolina, in US Fish and Wildlife and National Park Service publications.

“Wildlife on the Outer Banks”  is on display at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island January through mid-April.

 

A Ton of Love Food Drive!

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Volunteer Divers of the Year

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, December 15th, 2014
Jan Morgan, Co-Volunteeer Diver of the Year, Lerin' Pierce, Jason Shermeta and Shannon Brooks.

Left to right, Jan Morgan, Co-Volunteeer Diver of the Year, Lerin’ Pierce, Jason Shermeta and Shannon Brooks.

Eric Almarode, Co-volunteer Diver of the Year, Lerin' Pierce, Jason Shermeta and Shannon Brooks.

Left to right, Eric Almarode, Co-volunteer Diver of the Year, Lerin’ Pierce, Jason Shermeta and Shannon Brooks.

The North Carolina Aquarium Volunteer 2014 Divers of the Year are Eric Almarode and Jan Morgan.

Eric began his volunteer service in October 2013. He contributes to dive operations by diving each week with his regularly scheduled dive team, substituting when other divers are absent, and lending a hand with special event activities. In just over a year, Eric has given 190 hours of service and logged 105 dives for the Aquarium.

Jan Morgan began her volunteer service at the Aquarium in July 2008 and has been a weekly diver ever since. She also contributes by diving during special events. She keeps up with changing times, too, by maintaining her certifications and training for this year’s increased physical standards for divers. In her six years of  volunteering, Jan has given 540 hours of service and logged 262 dives for the Aquarium. Congratulations Jan and Eric. Well done!