Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

Crystal Skipper & Seaside Little Bluestem

A Match made in Bogue Banks
Aug. 1 at Noon

The crystal skipper is a unique butterfly found only along a 30-mile stretch of North Carolina’s barrier islands, including the Crystal Coast. Crystal skippers rely on a common dune grass, seaside little bluestem, as this host plant provides a place for female skippers to lay eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the caterpillars exclusively use this grass as their food source. Small patches of bluestem can support crystal skippers and are important for maintaining connectivity between protected areas, such as local state parks. The crystal skipper was recently described and named in the formal scientific literature as Atrytonopsis quinteri.

Dr. Allison Leidner has extensive experience researching the crystal skipper and will be sharing information with the public, local researchers, and land managers about how to enhance and restore crystal skipper habitat, including your own backyard!  She will be giving a free presentation on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at noon at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores).

This event is free and open to the public - no registration required. If youcome for the talk and want to visit the Aquarium afterwards - general admission or memberhsip will apply. 


Internation Owl Awareness Celebration

August 4-6

Find out whooooo’s who during our International Owl Awareness Celebration, Aug. 4-6. 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.

Aditional activiteis 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.

New Summer Program: Kids' Night Out

6-10 pm Aug. 16, 23, 30 

Kids can have a fun night at the Aquarium after hours while parents have a fun night out on the town! The new program, Kids’ Night Out, will be held most Wednesdays 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. 

Available Dates for August: 16, 23, 30 

Register Here

Bird's-Eye View: Free-Flight Bird Show

Daily 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. Event s held daily at 11:30 a.m.

New Art Show: "Pulse - Water and our World"

(now through June)


The Spadefish Gallery features a new art exhibit of  black and white photography by Mike Basher. Delicate, tranquil, simplicity have all been used describe Basher's photography collection of outdoor scenes. 

Basher's collection of large format, black and white photogaphs, is titled PULSE and focuses on how water shapes the world. You can get more information about the artist by visiting the artist's website

The Aquarium regularly exhibits unique art, and shows change quarterly.  "PULSE" will be on display until the end of June and is free with admission or membership. 

Click Here to Visit the Artist's Website

Advisory Committee Meeting

Aug. 1

The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Advisory Committee Meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1.
The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.

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