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The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher hosts a day of discovery designed for children and adults living with autism on Sunday, February 21, 2016. 

Autism Friendly Day programs and activities are free with Aquarium admission. The dive program, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., will include an educator assisting guests in finding animals in the Cape Fear Shoals, the 235,000 gallon exhibit featuring sharks, rays and a green sea turtle. Visitors also can collect seven Aquarium passport stamps to guide them through the Aquarium and help identify animal-touching opportunities. A calm-space to help provide comfort, relaxation or a break will be available to families and their children. In addition, staff will offer three, hour-long programs throughout the day as a preview for upcoming autism friendly bi-monthly programs at the Aquarium.

The Aquarium hosts Autism Friendly Day with the assistance of the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program to better serve the needs and interests of children and adults living with autism. For more information about Autism Friendly Day call (910) 772-0500 or email [email protected]

Scheduled Aquarium programs and activities on Feb. 21 include: 
9:30 a.m. Program Preview
10 a.m. Film- “Reef Magic,” featuring the Cat and the Hat
10:30 a.m. Dive Show at Cape Fear Shoals exhibit
11 a.m. Animal Feeding
11:30 a.m. What We Love Most About the Coast
Noon Program Preview
1 p.m. Program Preview 
1:30 p.m. Live Animal Program-Reptiles 
2:30 p.m. Dive Show at Cape Fear Shoals exhibit
3 p.m. Animal Feeding
3:30 p.m. Jellyfish Animal Encounters
4 p.m. Film: “Eyewitness Sharks” 

Additional activities include:
A coastal waters touch tank, a bamboo shark touch tank, Adventure Reef outside playground,
Ry-Con Service Dogs and more.


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