Free Event April 2
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Learning about climate change, how to mitigate its impacts, and ways to help the environment, shouldn't be scary. Youth leaders at the Aquarium wanted to host an event that allowed teens, young adults, and other youth to discuss climate and environmental issues in an educational but fun way. Carnival to Combat Climate Change brings together young people and community leaders for conservation and science.
The FREE EVENT will be held outside in the Aquarium parking lot 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. April 2. Leaders in science and conservation will be stationed at booths and ready to talk about climate change. Educators will be hosting fun activities throughout the day.
This event was created by one of the Aquarium's teen volunteers, Kaylee, as a project assignment for a youth summit she attended in 2021. Kaylee received a grant from NOAA, in conjunction with Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center (CELC) Network, to help implement the event. Kaylee is passionate about conservation and realized many people may not know ways to mitigate climate change or understand how coastal communities can come together to create solutions.
"There are ways to educate about climate change that don't come across as 'doom-and-gloom' or scary, even though climate change can be both," Kaylee said. Her goal is to talk with youth about climate change in a fun and educational way.
Brant Island Strings of Arapahoe will play live music from noon to 2 p.m.
Activities and educational resources provided by:
North Carolina Zoo
North Carolina Conservation Network
Bald Head Island Conservancy
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
Carolina Wetlands Association
North Carolina Aquarium Green Team
Aurora Fossil Museum
Master Gardeners of Carteret County
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
North Carolina Coastal Federation
North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter (OWLS).