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5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE THE AQUARIUM’S 40TH

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher began connecting people with animals and nature 40 years ago. The impactful mission and the physical building have evolved since it’s opening as a small marine resource center on Sept. 17, 1976. Yet, the wonder and excitement experienced by guests as they make new discoveries has remained consistent through the years.

The Aquarium invites the public to celebrate this anniversary milestone in several ways:

  1. Party Time! Guests of all ages will enjoy games, demonstrations and science discovery activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Craft a noisy party favor and join the party parade at 1:15 p.m. just before the cake cutting at 1:30 p.m.
  2. Beach Sweep! Community involvement has long been part of the Aquarium’s focus. Volunteers can join an Aquarium-led team to show the ocean some love and rid a local beach of trash and marine debris 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 17. The beach sweep is part of the 2017 Ocean Conservancy Clean Up, in cooperation with Cape Fear River Watch and Keep America Beautiful New Hanover County. Participants can meet at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (1000 Loggerhead Road) at 8:55 a.m. to collect trash. Bags and gloves will be provided. Please bring your own bug spray, water bottles and sunscreen.
  3. Look Back! View a new photographic retrospective currently in place in the Aquarium’s Spadefish N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher's Saltwater touch pool, prior to 2002.The photo is one featured in the 40th Anniversary Photo Retrospective in the Spadefish Gallery.Gallery. The installation features changes from building expansion to exhibits over four decades at the Aquarium. In addition, photos highlight the team’s commitment as an environmental steward caring for and protecting animals. The art installation is in place until Dec. 31, 2016.
  4. Your birthday, free! Are you celebrating your 40th birthday before Dec. 31, 2016? Visit the Aquarium on your special day and receive free admission. Official ID is required, of course. (You know you don’t look a day over 21.)
  5. Enjoy the savings! Beginning September 6, Aquarium admission will decrease by $2 in all categories.   

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