Special Outdoor Activities

These programs offer a great way to explore the Outer Banks with our local educators.

Wetlands Walk
Join an Aquarium instructor for a fun-filled learning experience in this catch- and-release program in a nearby salt marsh. Travel to Oregon Inlet with nets and buckets in search of some of the many animals that inhabit this fascinating environment. Learn about an estuary, the sound, tides and the dynamic marsh ecosystem. All animals collected are identified and released.Program Length: 3 hours
Closed-toe water shoes required.
Ages: 8 and up (ages under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Fee: $15 per person
Preregistration required. 252-475-2314
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Catch a CrabCome to this program prepared to test your luck crabbing! Participants will learn some basic biology of the blue crab, experience line crabbing first hand from a nearby dock, cook the legal catch, and sample the finished fare. Program Length: up to 4 hours
Closed toe shoes must be worn.
Ages: 6 and Up (ages under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Fee: $16.00 per person
Preregistration is required. 252-475-2314
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Surf Fishing for BeginnersJoin us for a day-long introductory session on surf fishing. The program begins with classroom instruction on fish identification, knot tying, tackle, and reading the beach. Then we will spend the afternoon fishing on the beach to practice casting techniques and, with a little luck, land the catch for the day. All fishing gear is provided, but participants should bring a bag lunch, sunscreen, and a cooler for your catch. Program Length: 6 – 7 Hours
Ages: 12 and up
Fee: $32.00 per person
Preregistration is required. 252-475-2314
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Nocturnal Beach CreaturesWhat animals are most active on the Outer Banks beaches when the sun goes down? The sea turtle is the animal of focus, but nocturnal behaviors of other marine animals will also be discussed. The class will then travel to the beach to take a walk in hopes of witnessing some animal activity during the evening hours. Program Length: 3 Hours
Ages: 6 and Up (ages under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Fee: $15.00 per person
Preregistration is required. 252-475-2314
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Night HikesEnjoy an evening hike through the Nature Conservancy’s Nags Head Woods Preserve after we meet inside the pavilion to talk about a night animal or astronomy. Different months have different themes such as, the moon, bats, owls, moths, and spiders. Held rain or shine – if the weather is bad we’ll have other games & activities planned. Closed toe shoes must be worn, flashlights are optional. All Night Hikes take place at Nags head Woods. Program Length: 2 ½ Hours
Ages: Open to all (ages under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Fee: $7.00 per person (2 and under free)
Preregistration is required. 252-473-3494, ext. 232
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ADVANCE REGISTRATION & FEES
Preregistration is required with a credit card number by calling 252-473-3494 ext 232 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. All program participants receive free admission to the Aquarium on the day of their paid program. Aquarium Society Members receive a 10% discount on all fee programs. Programs require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or low enrollment.
Please be on time for reserved programs, cancellation is required 24 hours before the program.
Participants are charged full program fees, regardless of attendance, if they do not call and cancel 24 hours in advance. For more information, please call the aquarium during office hours (Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm).
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