Bird's-Eye View: Free-Flight Bird Program
Daily During the SUmmer at 11:30 a.m.
Flock to the Big Rock Theater to get a close look at some impressive birds. The show highlights the unique features of owls, pelicans, vultures and other species. The audience enjoys extraordinary close encounters with these engaging creatures. Event is free with admission or membership. Events will be held daily at 11:30 a.m.
Sink your teeth into fun and facts all about sharks during Shark Week July 13-19 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Family-friendly programs, activities, crafts and displays portray the truth about these often misunderstood creatures, their essential role in the ocean ecosystem and the threats they face.
Shark Week activities, free with admission, include information on way to help these endangered animals.
About 50 of the more than 450 shark species worldwide frequent North Carolina waters. Look for four species of sharks at the Aquarium: sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks and nurse sharks all inhabit the Living Shipwreck. Watch for the unmistakable profiles of the bonnethead sharks in the Queen Anne’s Revenge. For an overhead look at a shark feeding, sign up for the Shark Snack Behind the Scenes Tour on Tuesday and Friday — advance registration and additional fees are required for this special program.
Kids' Night Out
Mondays 6-10 pm
Kids can have a fun night at the Aquarium after hours while parents have a fun night out on the town! The popular program, Kids’ Night Out, will be held most Mondays from 6-10 p.m. this the summer. Parents can drop their children off at the Aquarium for a fun filled night with live animal interactions, a pizza dinner and snacks, a mini behind-the-scenes tour, and other activities. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Ages 4-13. $40 for nonmembers; $36 for members. Duration: 4 hours.
International Owl Awareness Celebration
Find out whooooo’s who during our International Owl Awareness Celebration, Aug. 4. The Aquarium joins other organizations and facilities worldwide to reveal fascinating facts about these birds, the troubles some species face and how everyone can help.
Participate in owl-oriented programs, crafts and activities. Meet a screech owl, a great horned owl and a barn owl. The birds star in the Aquarium’s daily Bird’s-eye View bird show or other educational presentations. All have injuries or conditions that give them little chance of surviving on their own in the wild.
Additional activities will be held throughout the day and include owl-themed games and family-friendly crafts.
Owl Awareness Day activities are free with admission. Bird’s-Eye View is presented daily, free of charge with admission or membership.
International Vulture Awareness Celebration
The Aquarium joins the worldwide effort to help the much-maligned vulture with its image problem on International Vulture Awareness Day Celebration, Sept. 7. The global vulture defense movement is aimed at heightening awareness of the big birds, their importance to their ecosystems and the troubles they face.
Aquarium activities include crafts and programs about vultures, displays about vulture species around the world and encounters with the vultures that live at the Aquarium. Black vultures and turkey vultures are popular stars of the free-flight program, Bird’s-Eye View. The show also features other native raptors and shorebirds.
Vulture Awareness activities are free with admission or Aquarium membership.
Homeschool families are invited to the eighth annual Homeschool Day Sept. 19. Crafts, activities and live animal programs relate to this year’s theme, "Investigation Discovery."
Behind-the-scenes tours will be held for homeschool families and registration is required the day of the event at the Aquarium (for ages 5 and up. $5 per person in the homeschool family). Barrier Island Exploration required registration the day of the event at the Aquarium, is free for homeschool families, with a 30-person limit.
Aquarium admission and other Homeschool Day activities are free for homeschool families. Please bring identification. The day is a special event in addition to the one free admission per year allowed for homeschool families.
International Sawfish Day
Join the Aquarium and other AZA accredited zoos and aquariums across the nation as we celebrate the mighty yet endangered sawfish! Learn about sawfish with activities and crafts. Children can learn different ways that they can help not only sawfish but other animals found in North Carolina and across the globe.
Activities and crafts are included with admission and Aquarium membership.
29th Annual Surf Fishing Workshop Weekend
This hands-on workshop weekend is designed for novice fishermen, but it's a great refresher course for all skill levels. Instruction covers rods, reels, weights, line, tackle, knots, bait, fish identification, catch and release, cast netting, reading the surf, locating fish from the beach and caring for your catch. The weekend culminates with a fishing expedition to Cape Lookout National Seashore. Ages 12 and up. $150 for non-members and $135 for members. Must cancel 7 days prior to program to receive a refund.
Spadefish Gallery Artist
Tanya Houppermans: North Carolina Sand Tiger Sharks
THrough Sept 2019
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is hosting world-renowned shark photographer Tanya Houppermans' exhibit, North Carolina Sand Tiger Sharks. This show features stunning images of sand tiger sharks swimming our local wrecks. Each large photo is printed on aluminum and is on exhibit in the Spadefish Gallery. Houppermans left the corporate world behind in 2015 to become a full-time underwater photographer and ocean conservationist. She is best known for her images depicting the grace and beauty of sharks. Houppermans, is an aquarium partner for Spot A Shark USA, a citizen science program and has won numerous awards for her photography.
She has been the recipient of numerous international photography awards including three First Place awards in the World Shootout, First Place in the Portrait category in the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition, and the Grand Prize in the California Academy of Sciences Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition. In 2016 Tanya was inducted into the prestigious Ocean Artists Society for her efforts in using her images to promote marine conservation. Her articles and images have appeared in digital and print publications in over 20 countries.
Tanya began diving the waters off of North Carolina shortly after earning her scuba certification in 2009 and quickly fell in love with the Graveyard of the Atlantic. While she always enjoyed seeing the many shipwrecks lining the Carolina coast, it was the resident sand tiger sharks that changed her life.
“Diving with the sand tigers piqued my interest in sharks, which then led to my becoming involved in shark conservation after learning that humans kill over 70 million sharks worldwide every year. I still felt that I could do more, so I decided to start photographing sharks in the hopes that my images might inspire the public to care about them,” Tanya said.
Her show will be at the aquarium now through September 2019.