Roanoke Island What's New

Fall into fur during Proper Pet Awareness Day at the NC Aquarium

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is partnering with the Outer Banks SPCA to host Proper Pet Awareness Day on Thursday, September 21st from 11-3 p.m. Visitors can meet and visit with adoptable dogs from the SPCA, and learn about animals that should be left to live in their natural environment, including various species of turtles, snakes and frogs. “We want to show people that if they’re looking for a pet, it’s best to let wild animals remain in their... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Tickets on sale October 1st for Trick or Treat Under the Sea!

It’s baaaaack! Join the ghoulish giggles and frightful fun at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island at the 13th incarnation of Trick or Treat Under the Sea, Thursday, Oct. 26th and Friday, Oct. 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Tickets to this popular Roanoke Island Halloween haunt go on sale October 1st online and at the aquarium’s admissions windows. The 13th Trick or Treat Under the Sea promises to dig up some old favorites and conjure new creations. Watch... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Monday, September 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Aquarium guests “Round Up” $56,346.20 for conservation

Guests at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island contributed more than $56,000 toward conservation in fiscal year 2016/2017 by rounding up their admission and gift shop purchases to the nearest dollar. The “Round Up for Conservation” program, operated at all three NC Aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, raises funding for important wildlife research and assistance. “Whether it’s five cents or 95 cents, these donations add up to real money that have a real impact,”... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Monday, August 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Biologists in Training Test the Waters

Testing the Waters – Local teens participating in the Biologists in Training program this summer have been learning about all aspects of animal care at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Their most recent task was water chemistry monitoring, a process where water samples from each aquatic exhibit are tested for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels. With help from aquarist Emily Waldron, program leaders Kate Davison (second from left) and Leslie Vegas guided participants... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 0 comments

Join the Aquarium for an Eclipse Party!

Don’t get left in the dark! The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will host an Eclipse Party on August 21 st  , with games, fun activities and a viewing of this astronomical phenomenon. “All across the country, people are going to be joining in to watch the solar eclipse, and we are excited to be a part of the occasion,” said NCARI Education Curator Dia Hitt. Activities kick off at 11:30 a.m. with eclipse themed fun and games along with programs led by the... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | 0 comments

“Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes” honors Coast Guard Legacy with message of diversity

A third presentation of “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes: The Unique Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers,” will take place on Wednesday, August 2 at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. This engaging presentation conveys the history of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station and the historic role surfmen played in saving lives along the coast of the Outer Banks. It also carries an important message of diversity, cooperation and equal opportunity. “A big takeaway from the Pea... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Instagram campaign champions five-minute beach cleanups

All it takes is five minutes and a hashtag. That’s the message behind the Instagram campaign launched by NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island staffer Leslie Vegas to rally fellow beachgoers into helping pick up trash and keep it out of the ocean. Vegas, who works as the aquarium's Education Animal Aquarist, is also an avid outdoorswoman and her frequent forays around the OBX often become impromptu litter cleanups. “Everywhere we would go, we’d come back... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 0 comments

Fly by for the 3rd Annual Moth Party

What goes bump in the night? It may be moths, but that shouldn’t be cause for fright. These insects play an important role in ecosystems around the world. On Friday, July 21, The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is “shining a light” on these nocturnal pollinators with an after-hours Moth Party from 8-9:30 p.m. This program is held as part of National Moth Week and offers everyone a chance to collect scientific data and learn more about these interesting insects.  ... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 0 comments

NCARI STAR Center releases ten rehabilitated turtles

Ten sea turtles treated at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island were returned to the ocean during a July 7 release at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  The rel ease was held on Coquina Beach, south of Nags Head, and a large crowd turned out for the enthusiastic send-off.  A Kemp’s ridley, a loggerhead, and eight green sea turtles were released with the help of NCARI staff and interns, volunteers fro m the Network for Endangered Sea... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 0 comments

Awarded for Excellence

Gift Shop Manager Shelly Nunnally (left) and Special Activities Lead Instructor Dana Thomason (right) were presented awards for excellence by Director Maylon White (center) on July 6 at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Nunnally was awarded the “Sea Star Award” for Excellence in Customer Service, and Thomason was given the “Award of Excellence” for Excellence in Job Performance. Both were nominated by their coworkers for their outstanding work at the... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 0 comments

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