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SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION OPEN

Explore, play, laugh, learn—children enrolled in summer camp at the North Carolina. Aquarium at Fort Fisher will do all this and more. Campers, ages 5 to 14, experience outdoor adventure, eco-education and make new friends. Trained marine educators lead the activities and introduce campers to live animals in a safe and fun atmosphere. In addition, each camp will include activities involving the Aquarium’s new “DINOSAURS!” exhibit. 

 Aquarium Camp runs 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday throughout the summer. Session details are below. 

Limited transportation to and from summer camp is offered, with pick-up points at a Monkey Junction and Ft. Fisher Ferry locations (This service requires an additional fee and registration). 

Camp cost for children 5 to 11 is $240 per week, $290 for children 12-14. NC Aquarium Society members receive a discount. For more information and to register visit ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher. 

: We only have one planet to call home, so what can you do to protect it? Discover how your actions can have a positive impact on the Earth. By learning more about the wonderful animals that we have at the aquarium and around the world, campers will be inspired to appreciate and protect the environment. Dates: June 20-24, June 27-July 1; Ages: 5-6, 7-8, 9-11 

Carolina Creatures: Campers learn about our state's unique ecosystems and the creatures that live in them. Did you know that the Venus fly trap and Neuse River waterdog are found only in North Carolina? We explore coastal habitats to find and identify local species and learn how to protect them.  Dates: July 5-8, July 11-15; Ages: 5-6, 7-8, 9-11 

Animal Keepers: How do we feed 2,000 animals? What does it take to keep a 235,000-gallon aquarium clean? Where do aquarium animals come from? Campers learn about the daily care and maintenance of aquarium animals. By helping prepare food, clean exhibits, and create animal enrichment, campers get a glimpse of the work required to provide proper animal care. Dates: July 18-22, July 25-29; Ages: 5-6, 7-8, 9-11 

Senses and Defenses: How can a shark find food in the open ocean? Why do stinkbugs stink? This week campers use all five senses to discover a whole new world around them. By meeting and observing animals at the aquarium and surrounding habitats, campers learn how animals use their senses and defenses to help them survive and defend themselves. Dates: August 1-5, August 8-12; Ages: 5-6, 7-8, 9-11   

Coastal Crusaders: How can North Carolina's aquatic environments be recreated and maintained in an Aquarium setting? Campers gain a better understanding of how to investigate and preserve the environment we all share by exploring natural habitats. Campers enjoy this week of canoeing on the Cape Fear River, surf fishing, visiting the sea turtle hospital, and snorkeling. Dates: June 27-July 1, July 11-15, August 1-5; Ages: 12-14   

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