Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

Dino Might Tour 2018

March - November 

This summer we are welcoming back dinosaurs to the Aquarium. To celebrate we're having a Design-A-Dino coloring contest and a Spot The Dino social media contest with chances to win prizes!

To find our more about the coloring contest and to learn about Spot our traveling teen tyrannosaurus rex, visit our Dino Might Tour 2018 info page.

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Suds for Sharks

Family-Friendly Fundraiser for Sand tiger shark conservation and research
March 19

Bring your love of sharks to Suds for Sharks! The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Crystal Coast Brewing Company are hosting a fundraiser for sand tiger shark research and conservation on March 19. The FREE kid-friendly event will be held at Crystal Coast Brewing Company at 702 Arendell Street Morehead City from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (just before trivia night). Dank Burrito food truck will be onsite for the event! 

There will be a silent auction for shark-themed swag and all donations will go toward sand tiger shark research and conservation. The brewery will be unveiling a new beer created for the event, and $1 from each pint of beer sold will go towards shark conservation.

The sand tiger shark population off the North Carolina coast is invaluable for research being conducted to better understand the species and to help with the conservation of the species world wide. Over fishing and one of the slowest reproductive rates among sharks, have caused sand tigers to be listed as a species of concern by National Marine Fisheries Service and listed as vulnerable by International Union for Conservation of Nature. Even though there may be an abundance of this species found off the North Carolina coast, more people need to be aware that northwest Atlantic and global populations may not be as healthy and the species is considered critically endangered in other parts of the world.

Get Hooked Fishing School

March 17

Fish on! Sign up now for the annual Get Hooked Fishing School hosted by the Aquarium. The popular one-day course on Saturday, March 17, features in-depth presentations by experienced anglers on many aspects of the sport, including topics such as inshore fishing for striper, drum, trout, mackerel and flounder, fly fishing, and offshore fishing. Additional demonstrations will feature fly-tying or instructions on helpful knots.

The school offers an opportunity to gather a lot of information in one day at one place. The action-packed event includes participation in up to six sessions of instruction, a catered lunch, giveaways and drawings for some great fishing gear. Agencies and businesses of interest to fishermen and boaters will be on hand.

Get Hooked is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and all sessions are at the Aquarium. Advance registration is required and space is limited. The fee is $60 per person; $54 for Aquarium members. See the website for more information or to sign up online. Registration also is accepted by phone and at visitor services at the Aquarium. Get Hooked is sponsored by the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.









Otter Birthday!

March 24

March 24 brings furry fun with the Otter Birthday Bash.  Watch North Carolina river otters Pungo, Neuse and Eno wrestle with a “cake” of ice. Enjoy otter-oriented crafts and wish the otters well on a giant birthday card. The celebration is a fun way to highlight the river otter conservation success story. Conservation has brought this species back after near-extinction in the state. Activities are free with admission or Aquarium membership.






Party For the Planet

April 21-23

Join the Party for the Planet April 21-23 at the Aquarium. Enjoy displays and activities all about our connection to the natural world, especially the ones found right in our own backyard. Enjoy crafts, bingo and a scavenger hunt throughout the weekend. Party for the Planet activities are free with admission or membership to the Aquarium.

Migratory Bird Day

May 12

Take a guided hike through the trails of Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area and learn about the different migratory birds found within the old growth maritime forest, May 12. Kayak along the shoreline of Bogue Sound to view natures aeronautical beauties. Participants will also have a chance to get up close and personal with the avian animal ambassadors that call the aquarium home during a special behind-the-scenes tour.  The day begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends at 3:30, with a catered lunch included; the cost is $60 per participant and $54 for members. Space is limited. Book yours today.

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World Oceans Day

Thursday, June 8

Dive into oceans of inspiration on World Oceans Day, an international observance to promote ocean conservation. Answer the annual call to celebrate ocean conservation with themed crafts and activities. This year the theme is “Turn The Tide.” We will celebrate the wonders of our beautiful blue planet and share easy ways we can all help make a difference. We will have hands on ocean themed activities and crafts for the whole family to enjoy.

We will be focusing on plastic pollution prevention, the impacts of marine debris on marine life and everday ways everyone can make a difference. Learn how long it takes plastics to degrade through an interactive activity, find out how baleen whales eat, pin the jellyfish dinner to the sea turtle, challenge your family to a bean bag toss, and make a cool craft to take home.

Click here to learn more about World Oceans Day

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