Latest News from Roanoke Island

Donate to Santa Paws!

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Friday, November 6th, 2015

Help spread holiday cheer to our four-legged friends at the Outer Banks SPCA! This year, the Aquarium is again accepting donations to go under our Santa Paws tree, beginning Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, December 23.

Your generous donation will benefit animals in need, and any individual bringing in 7+ pounds of dry pet food will receive FREE admission!

Other items needed at the SPCA include:

  • Dog and cat toys
  • Blankets, sheets, and towels
  • Flea bath shampoo
  • Peroxide and cotton balls
  • Small baby bottles

Each person making a donation will be entered into a drawing for a painting created by one of our river otters. Painting is an enrichment activity for our otters and no two canvases are the same. Donate today for a chance to win one of these unique pieces of art!

For more information call (252) 475-2300.

Enjoy the Holidays with Santa and Sharky

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Friday, November 6th, 2015
On Dec. 19, meet Santa and Sharky!

On Dec. 19, meet Santa and Sharky!

Celebrate the season at the Aquarium during Sharky’s Winter Workshop on Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sharky has invited Santa to set up his workshop for the day to spread some holiday cheer. Children can meet Santa and participate in various crafts and activities during this fun-filled holiday event. It’s free with regular admission, so stop by for some winter fun.



Advisory Committee Meeting Notice

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island Advisory Committee is holding its quarterly meeting at the aquarium on Tuesday, November 10 at 1:00 pm.  The aquarium is located at 374 Airport Road in Manteo, NC.  The meeting will be held in the Conference Room and is open to the public.

Aqua Tots: Lots of Learning for Little Ones

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Sunday, November 1st, 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, crafts, and hands-on learning.

  • November 17 at 11 am: Fish, Fish, Fish
  • November 17 at 1 pm: Fish, Fish, Fish
  • December 1 at 11 am: Winter Wonders
  • December 15 at 11 am: Frozen Waters

All “Aqua Tots” programs last for approximately one hour. There is no program fee for adults, but regular admission rates apply. Spaces are limited, so reserve a spot for your child today!

Aquarium Welcomes New Art Exhibition

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Thursday, October 15th, 2015

“Sharing a Joke”, Great horned owl chicks, photograph by Jeff Lewis

Nature Photography: Wildlife through the Lens of Jeff Lewis

October 8–December 31, 2015

Fascinated with nature since early childhood, Jeff first picked up a camera 10 years ago in order to be able to document rare bird sightings. After several years his photography became something more; a tool with which to share the wonders and beauty of the natural world and an educational process to increase awareness and conservation of our natural environment. Jeff’s work has been displayed in various galleries and museums, has been used for educational signage and kiosks, and has been published in numerous books, magazines and newspapers.

The N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, adjacent to the Manteo Regional Airport, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission: ages 3–12, $8.95; ages 13–61, $10.95; ages 62+, $9.95. Children 2 and under and North Carolina Aquarium Society members are admitted free of charge. Nature Photography: Wildlife through the Lens of Jeff Lewis is included with regular Aquarium admission.

Free Admission and Food Drive on Veterans Day!

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Thursday, October 1st, 2015

food pantryVisit the Aquarium free on Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day! The Aquarium is also hosting a food drive for the Roanoke Island Food Pantry. Your non-perishable food donation would be greatly appreciated, but it is not required for admission.

Current food requests from the pantry include:

  • Canned chicken, ham, beef stew
  • Boxed cereal
  • Cans of fruits, carrots, lima beans, mixed vegetables, greens and condensed soups

Mark your calendars now to enjoy your free Veterans Day with river otters, sea turtles, sharks, alligators and more critters at the Aquarium on Roanoke Island!

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island’s STAR Center receives AZA Top Honors Exhibit Award

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, September 21st, 2015

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recognized the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center care facility and visitor experience with a prestigious 2015 Exhibit Award in the category of Top Honors for institutions under a 5-million annual operating budget.

Presented at the AZA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Sunday, September 20, the award was accepted by five attending staff members, including Director Maylon White, from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island before an audience of more than 2,000 zoo and aquarium peers from across the country.

The STAR Center, a project conceived more than four years ago, opened to the public in June of 2014 to immediate popular acclaim. With assistance from donations, state funds, and the Aquarium’s partnership with the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.), a regional non-profit organization supporting sea turtle, rescue, rehabilitation, and protection, the STAR Center achieved a tremendously successful first year of turtle care. Collaborations with the NC State School of Engineering and Marine Sciences Technology brought about groundbreaking approaches to sea turtle recovery, and the center itself successfully served more than  40 sea turtles and educated visitors with one-on-one contact between staff and volunteers.

The award proposal, submitted to AZA in April of 2015, was reviewed by a panel of national exhibit experts and the facility was visited by a panel representative during this past summer season. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is honored to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the hard work put forth by all of the staff at the North Carolina Aquarium, N.E.S.T., and the Aquarium’s science and research partners to create a facility supporting the conservation of sea trtles on the northeastern coast of North Carolina.

Help us make a Big Sweep!

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, September 21st, 2015

Help clean our beaches during the 2015 NC Big Sweep! On October 3 from 9am–12pm, we’ll be in Downtown Manteo next to Poor Richard’s and at the College of the Albemarle giving out cleanup gear, data cards, and directions where to clean. After the cleanup, hold on to your completed data card because it’s your ticket to the TrashFest After Party at the Outer Banks Brewing Station from 12–4pm. Free food, drinks and live music!

We are also holding a FREE kayak trip on September 26 and October 2 from 10am–12:30pm (weather dependent) to clean along the shore of the Croatan Sound. Register here.

Thanks to the Surfrider Foundation, Outer Banks Chapter for organizing Big Sweep along the Outer Banks.

Big Blue Live

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Aquarium Hosting Blood Drive

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Sign up for a donation time here.

Giving the “Gift of Life” is more important than ever. Critically needed now, blood is the one thing we can give knowing we are saving a life!

Wednesday, September 30, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.,  join the Aquarium staff and the community for our annual Red Cross Blood Drive. Donors receive free admission!

Help us meet our goal. Refreshments provided. Remember you can give the “Gift of Life” every 56 days!