Partners at Roanoke Island

Examples of Aquarium partners:

Each Aquarium partners within the system with each other as well as with the satellite facility, Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.

All three Aquariums are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The AZA accredits only those institutions that have achieved rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science.

The Aquarium is a division of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and works closely with sister agencies North Carolina Zoo, North Carolina Museum of Natural SciencesNorth Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, and the North Carolina Office of Environmental Education.

Roanoke Island Partnerships include:

Florida Aquarium — 2009 shark spine study

AZA Wildlife Contraception Center — investigation of the efficacy of contraceptive implants in North American River Otters

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC — contract monthly veterinary care

Roanoke Island Animal Clinic, Manteo, NC — contract veterinary care

U.S. Coast Guard — release rehabilitated sea turtles

College of the Albemarle — assist with marine studies program, projects, career fairs

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries — work in conjunction with biologists, accept confiscated items, surplus goods used for educational programming

UNC Institute for the Environment Albemarle Ecological Field Site community advisory board member/host a fall semester intern each year

Dare County Schools — aquarium  provides senior project mentors/job shadowing opportunitites
– consultation and design for rain garden and wildlife habitat garden projects
– organize annual Arbor Day events to plant native trees at Dare elementary schools with NCARI Outreach Coordinator

Currituck County Schools — aquarium provides senior project mentors/job shadowing opportunities

Towns of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk — identification and disposal of aquatic organisms

Dare County non-profit animal leagues: Friends of Pooh Foundation, Coastal Humane Society, Outer Banks SPCA, Feline Hope, Animal Lovers Assistance League — aquarium hosts a yearly fund-raiser called “Wags and Whiskers”

UNC Coastal Studies Institute — buoy data for Jennette’s Pier
– assist with native plant identification and rescue at CSI new campus site
– consultation and design for demonstration stormwater rain gardens and wetlands
– assistance with Oceans Revealed: Power of the Planet exhibit

Sea Grant — partnership with NOAA, Oceans Revealed: Power of the Planet grant

NOAAOceans Revealed: Power of the Planet exhibit

US Fish & Wildlife — participate in their Wildfest celebration in conjunction with Wings over Water/assist with annual pelican banding project/animal collection on property

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Duck Research Pier — display sea water temperature and tidal data at the aquarium

NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary — video and educational exhibit at aquarium

Nature Conservancy’s Nags Head Woods Preserve — aquarium conducts programming at their preserve/ they provide a maritime forest and classroom

North Carolina Coastal Federation
– aquarium’s summer campers work with Coastal Federation‘s oyster restoration program on Jockey’s Ridge State Park property
– partner to create and maintain stormwater rain gardens at local schools
– conduct vegetation surveys for shoreline restoration project at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Outer Banks YMCA — aquarium provides free programming in exchange for pool use for snorkeling instruction

Restaurants/chefs from Dare and surrounding counties — Aquarium Seafood Series — chefs offer free cooking programs and tastings at the aquarium in exchange for free advertising

Carolinas Beach Vitex Task Force
– identify populations of invasive beach vitex in the Outer Banks, coordinate eradication efforts and help promote public awareness of the threat posed by beach vitex to coastal ecosystems and wildlife, in partnership with US Fish & Wildlife Service, NCSU Cooperative Extension Service, and  the Towns of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Duck, and Currituck County.

North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service
– present educational programs on coastal native plants and stormwater management landscaping for Master Gardeners and residents of Dare, Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Chowan County.

North Carolina Native Plant Society
– coordinate activities for the Northeast Coast Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society.

NC Coastal Reserve
– design and create public demonstration rain gardens
– participate in public stormwater management forum in partnership with the Town of Kitty Hawk

Dare County Soil and Water Conservation District
– advise on plant selection and design for demonstration rain gardens and stormwater wetlands.

Sea Turtles — respond to live and dead sea turtle strandings, education efforts associated with nesting/necropsies in conjunction with NEST (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles), NC Wildlife Resources Commission and National Park Service

Marine Mammal Stranding Network — respond to live and dead strandings, education efforts focused on public awareness, necropsies — in conjunction with NOAA, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, National Park Service, and Virginia Aquarium Stranding Center

Cultural and Historical Associations and Partnerships:

Dare County Arts Council: Exhibit’s Dept. Kitty Dough, served on Board of Directors, VP, President, Gallery, Facilities and Finance committees. Connections with local and regional artists for art shows in Aquarium’s Art Gallery. Aquarium Conservation Horticulturalist help guide green practices with renovation of historic Dare County Courthouse, now DCAC Gallery.

College of the Albemarle: Exhibit’s Dept. Kitty Dough serves on advisory committee to Professional Arts Program

Colored Pencil Society of America: Annual juried art show in Aquarium’s Art Gallery

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators: Juried art shows in Aquarium’s Art Gallery

Town of Bideford, England: Photography show in Aquarium’s Art Gallery, “Graveyard of the Atlantic” from coast of England as ongoing cultural exchange between twinned towns of Manteo, NC and Bideford, England.

Outer Banks History Center: (History and Art) Ongoing research assistance with multiple projects and past art show in Aquarium’s Art Gallery of significant turn of the century American artist, Frank Stick, from works in collection of OBHC

Chicamacomico Life Saving Station Historic Site: Ongoing research assistance for era of Richard Etheridge and Pea Island Lifesavers exhibits at Aquarium

Pea Island Cookhouse Museum: Ongoing research assistance for era of Richard Etheridge and Pea Island Lifesavers exhibits at Aquarium

National Park Service: Outer Banks Historic Sites and National Seashores: Collaboration for historic research on multiple projects
Island Farm, Manteo, NC: Ongoing research assistance for era of Richard Etheridge and Pea Island Lifesavers exhibits at Aquarium

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum: Ongoing research assistance for era of Richard Etheridge and Pea Island Lifesavers exhibits and Outer Banks ship wrecks

Dare County Regional Airport Museum: Ongoing research assistance for era of Richard Etheridge gravesite exhibit at Aquarium