Fort Fisher Teachers

Are you looking for new ways to inspire and engage curious minds? Allow the Aquarium to serve as an educational resource for you and your students. 

  • Explore science, technology, engineering and math through sea turtles.
  • Learn how to bring the beach within reach and into your classroom with Outreach
  • Plan an unforgettable field trip and dive into our educational exhibits and programs.
  • Discover a virtual program to enhance your students' experience.
  • Introduce students to the Aquarium’s animal collection using Encyclopedia of Life Field Guides.
  • Mini-grant opportunities through our Aquarium Scholars program are periodically available.

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Saturday, April 9, 2022
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $25*

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents Sea Turtle Exploration, a curriculum designed to help educators engage students in the fundamentals of STEAM through ready-to-use, standards-based lesson plans focused on sea turtles. Now you can join us from the comfort of your own home in a virtual edition of the workshop on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

Aligned with Common Core standards, your class will be able to “adopt” a turtle and learn about its care and growth. By adopting our sea turtle, you will receive updates several times a year with information including the turtle’s weight and length. Each class will also receive a certificate of participation.

By the end of the workshop, you will be familiar with the website and curriculum and how to implement the lessons in your own classroom or with your own audience. This workshop also includes virtual meet-and-greets with several animal ambassadors. The Sea Turtle Exploration workshop will count toward NC Environmental Education Certification (Criteria I) and consists of six contact hours (three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon) that may count toward CEUs for teachers.

*The $25 fee includes animal ambassador cameos, instruction, and access to curriculum. The Oak Island Beach Preservation Society will pay the registration fee for any formal or informal Brunswick County educators.

For additional workshop information, contact Gail LemiecFor assistance with registration, please contact the registrar at 910-772-0542.



Saturday May 7th, 2022

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Are you a: Classroom teacher looking to incorporate more Environmental Education into your lessons? Non-formal educator hoping to incorporate more grade level standards into your programs? K-5 pre-service teacher looking for more resources to implement Science Methods?

If you said “Yes!” to any of these questions, then an OWL Workshop is the place for you. OWL (Outdoor Wonders and Learning) is an Environmental Education-based curriculum guide written and designed to match North Carolina Essential Standards for elementary grades. It focuses on Science, but also meets Math, Social Studies, and English-Language Arts when applicable. During the workshop, participants will experience OWL activities and learn more about how they work on their own, or as part of a larger lesson.  Educators gain skills and resources to facilitate engaging, inquiry-based lessons that meet NC Essential Standards and develop comfort with science and nature.

OWL (Outdoor Wonders and Learning) is a NC Arboretum initiative.

Help keep our seas plastic-free! Please bring a waste free lunch, a reusable water container, and a coffee cup.

Participants must adhere to any COVID safety protocols required by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources including, but not limited to, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and the wearing of an approved face covering while in the Aquarium.

The cost of the OWL Workshop is $25. This fee includes access to curriculum and covers aquarium admission.

For additional workshop information, call 910-772-0546. For assistance with registration, call 910-772-0542.

To register online, visit:


Saturday, July 16, 2022
9:00am - 4:00pm

Join other K-8 classroom and nonformal educators as we explore activities in the newly released Project Learning Tree Explore Your Environment K-8 Activity Guide. Every participant will leave the workshop with a copy of this guide that includes 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities to connect children to nature and increase young people’s awareness and knowledge about their environment.  The activities in this resource are supported by a robust Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) correlation guide. 

This workshop counts toward NC Environmental Education Certification (Criteria I) and consists of six contact hours that may count toward CEUs for teachers.

The registration fee includes Aquarium admission, use of classroom space, and instruction. The PLT activity guides are provided free of charge to participants through support from the NC Forestry.

Help keep our seas plastic-free! Please bring a waste free lunch, a reusable water container, and a coffee cup. SharkBites will be open for on-site purchases. 

Registration Fee: $25

For additional workshop information, call 910-772-0546. For assistance with registration, call 910-772-0542.

To register online, visit:


July 27-29, 2022 

Explore the habitats that sea turtles use on the North Carolina coast. This course will offer opportunities for participants to learn about sea turtles while being immersed in a coastal ecosystem. Join beach patrols to monitor turtle nests, kayak through an estuary reserve, and help monitor coastal habitats. Explore sea turtle anatomy through a necropsy demonstration. Learn about Aquarium conservation projects with sea turtles and participate in hands-on activities. Return home with new experiences and field research skills to share with your classroom or organization. Earn continuing education credits while renewing your own love of learning! 

The daily schedule includes talks with local experts, field experiences, and activities designed to facilitate making connections to sea turtles and the coastal habitat they need to survive.  

Location: Participants meet for start of course at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The course will take place in various locations in and around the Aquarium and Fort Fisher Recreation Area. Lodging for participants will be apartment-style dorm rooms at UNCW and we will plan on eating dinners in the dining hall. Other meals will be provided by Shark Bites 

Who is Eligible: This course is open to formal and informal educators, including pre-service teachers and administrators. 

Activity Level: Moderate to rigorous. Activities include, but are not limited to kayaking, hiking on uneven terrain and in the sand, and planting trees. 

Cost: $200   

Cost of course includes lodging, meals, entrance fees, activities and equipment, instruction and related materials, and either transportation or gas and parking fees. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

For additional workshop information contact Gail Lemiec at [email protected]. For assistance with registration please contact the registrar at 910-772-0542.

To register online, visit:

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