Preschool & Daycare

Programs are designed for three- and four-year-olds, and are ideal for preschools, daycares and Head Start centers. These programs include exciting hands-on activities, costumes and live animals that will get your little ones excited about our oceans! (30 minutes – 1 hour)

Hermit Crab and Friends

Join a hermit crab on its journey to turn its plain shell into a beautiful home. Students enjoy a lively, interactive reading of Eric Carle’s book, A House for Hermit Crab. Through the pages of the book, participants learn about friendship and a variety of undersea invertebrates, before getting hands-on, up-close encounters with the same creatures. The program, perfect for children ages 3 to 8, encourages plenty of imagination and participation. (30-45 minutes. Ages: 3-8) Request more information.

Sea Turtles Trail tales

Sea turtles are some of the oldest, most intriguing and fascinating reptiles on the planet. Explore the life history and adaptations of these threatened and endangered species. Find out where hatchlings go during their time at sea, and what brings turtles back to the same North Carolina beaches where they hatched. See a live sea turtle as well as examine sea turtle shells, skulls, and other bones. (1 – 1.5 hours.  Ages: ALL) Request more information.

Scaly Skin, No Fins

Have a close encounter with the native reptiles of North Carolina’s land and sea! Learn about the characteristics of this amazing group of slithering, sliding, swimming and crawling creatures. Discover where they live, what they eat and which ones may be hiding in your own backyard. You’ll even be able to see and touch the scales and scutes of our live alligator, turtles and snakes! (1 – 1.5 hours. Ages: ALL) Request more information.

Journey through North Carolina

Take a virtual journey through the great state of North Carolina. Starting with the mountains, participants explore the different habitats and ecosystems of the state, eventually ending at the sea. Program typically includes a live animal and educational props from these habitats. (45 minutes – 1.5 hours. Ages: 5 and up)

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Invertebrate Encounters

Experience life as a spineless oceanic invertebrate! Participants learn about our local marine invertebrates during a hands-on experience with mollusks, arthropods and echinoderms. Participants observe live whelks, crabs, sea stars and other boneless sea creatures. (1 – 1.5 hours.  Ages: 8 and up)

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Please note: A majority of our programs incorporate live animal encounters. Please understand that working with live animals can be unpredictable. On the rare occasion that we are unable to provide your group with a live animal encounter, we will do our best to inform you ahead of time and discuss other program options.

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