Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

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

May 26 at 11 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 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Dino Might Tour 2018

May 28- Sept. 4 

This May we are welcoming back dinosaurs to the Aquarium. To celebrate, we're having a dinosaur scavenger hunt around our community. It's will be a social media contest with chances to win prizes!

To enter, find Spot the juvenile Tyrannosaurs rex around the community (we'll post updates where to find it throughout the contest) and take a selfie with the dino. Post the picture to social media and tag us with #DinoMightTour2018. There are other ways you can enter to win - follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook to find out!

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Endangered Species Day

May 18

Learn about the different animals that need our help world wide. With activities and crafts chidlren can learn different ways that they can help.
Activities and crafts are included with admission and Aquarium membership. 






World Oceans Day

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.





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Advisory Committee Meeting

May 9

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Advisory Committee Meeting will be held May 9, 2018.
The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the conference room.


July 14-20

Sink your teeth into fun and facts all about sharks during Shark Week July 14-20 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.

“The popularity of Shark Week and the immense interest the public has in these fascinating animals gives us an opportunity to tell the real story of what is happening to sharks,” said Education Curator Windy Arey Kent. “Finning, over-fishing, pollution and other factors have caused shark populations to plummet worldwide. That can indicate big problems for ocean ecosystems.”

Shark Week activities, free with admission, include information on solutions. “We want to use this opportunity to let people know that while sharks face overwhelming obstacles, people have the power to help the ocean’s top predators each and every day,” she said. Family friendly crafts and activities will also be availalbe.

About 50 of the more than 400 shark species worldwide frequent North Carolina waters. Look for four species of sharks at the Aquarium. The fierce-looking sand tiger sharks, the fast-moving sandbar sharks and the curiously named 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.

All other Shark Week activities are free with admission or membership.

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