For Teachers

Welcome to the North Carolina Aquarium classroom!  Plan an unforgettable field trip to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Your students will dive into the world of wonder and water, with a wide array of educational exhibits and programs.

Take your class on a journey “from North Carolina’s mountains to the sea.” The Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals from across the state. In our galleries, explore a mountain waterfall and trout pool, a cypress swamp, river otters, jellyfish and our Living Shipwreck, holding more than 300,000 gallons of water, big sharks and an ocean of fishes. Enjoy two hands-on touch pools with your students. Our auditorium seats 150 for live animal presentations and other programs.

Register your group in advance for free admission

Children and teachers/staff in registered North Carolina school groups are admitted at no charge at the time of the visit to the North Carolina Aquarium if registered in advance.  Advance registration is required for free admission. Register early – the Aquarium is a popular destination and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The admission fee for registered parent chaperones is $6 per person.

Aquarium Outreach — Let the Aquarium Come to You!

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers traveling programs designed to bring fun, hands-on, educational activities to your event or classroom.

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For Students

College: A limited number of college internships in Education and Husbandry are available each year at the Aquarium. The deadline for summer 2015 positions is in early March. Check the Pine Knoll Shores section of the employment listings page for application guidelines.

The North Carolina Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office (NCYAIO) also sometimes offers internships at the Aquarium. The deadline each year is in mid-January. Interested students –  visit the NCYAIO website for qualifications, requirements and application information.

Students at area community colleges and university marine laboratories are welcome to explore volunteer opportunities to augment your studies and fit your schedule.

High School: The Aquarium’s Volunteer Program coordinates several hands-on opportunities for high school students, including a summer junior volunteer program, senior project mentoring and job shadowing for high school students.

All students: Students of all ages can find a variety of information and resources on aquatic animals and environments. Whether you use the information in the classroom or to impress your friends and family, the Aquarium can help you gain a better understanding of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.

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Research Projects at the Aquariums