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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Teacher Workshops

Sea Turtle Exploration

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents Sea Turtle Exploration: a curriculum to help educators engage students in the fundamentals of STEAM through ready-to-use, standards-based lesson plans and sea turtles. 

Aligned with the new 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 quarterly updates with information including the turtle’s current 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. The workshop will include a behind the scenes tour to meet one of our sea turtles. Please bring a reusable water bottle and you may choose to also pack a waste-free lunch.  Our snack shop, Shark Bites will be opened and there are lunch options off-site. This workshop will count towards NC Environmental Education Certification (Criteria I) and consists of 6 contact hours that may count toward CEUs for teachers.

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

Cost: $25. Fee includes a behind-the-scenes tour and access to curriculum.  

Workshop information: 910-772-0546.

Registration Assistance: 910-772-0542

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Project WET

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Project WET is an interdisciplinary water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of K-12 students. The keystone of the Project WET program is the Project WET Curriculum & Activity Guide. The hands-on, supplemental activities are meaningful and relevant to children and are correlated to the 2013 North Carolina Essential Standards for Science, Social Studies and Health Education for Grades K-8 and for High School Earth/Environmental Science and Biology.

The Project WET Guide is only available through a 6-hour Project WET workshop. WET is a Criteria I workshop for the NC Environmental Education Certification and consists of 6 contact hours that may count towards CEUs for teachers.

Participants should dress in comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for physical activity that can get wet and dirty.

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

Cost:  $25.

Workshop Information: 910-772-0546
Registration Assistance: 910-772-0542

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Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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 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.

Cost: $25—Fee includes access to curriculum and covers aquarium admission.
Workshop contact:
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Explore the ecology of Costa Rica, earn continuing education credits, and help save sea turtles! Study sea turtles and collect data on them, hike through rainforests, restore mangroves, learn how to make chocolate, and so much more!

JULY 11-19, 2023

COST: $1,995*
  • Immerse yourself in the diverse ecosystems in Costa Rica from both the water and on land.

  • Hike on the highest point on the Pan-American Highway and search for endemic bird species.

  • Spend time with the Indigenous Boruca people and learn about their history and traditions.
  • Visit the Osa Peninsula and discover why this area is one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots of the world.


The course runs July 11-19, 2023 and begins in San José, Costa Rica. Participants will make their own way to San José and meet the group in-person that evening.

Early the next morning, we will meet our in-country partners from EcoTeach and drive to Cerro de la Muerte, or Mountain of Death, in the Talamanca Mountain range. We will explore this area of Costa Rica from both a natural and cultural lens, looking for endemic species and meeting local residents to learn how they use the land. We leave the mountains and head to the coast to work with sea turtles.
Ecologists working with turtle
We will meet and be trained by staff members of Latin American Sea Turtle (LAST) Association to help with sea turtle data collection. This course has a heavy focus on conservation and we will be collecting data on sea turtles and connecting work done in Costa Rica with sea turtle conservation work being done in North Carolina. We will also work to restore habitats while in this area. A stop at Manuel Antonio National Park to search for iconic Costa Rican species is a must-do activity before heading back home!

Additionally, we will spend some time doing inquiry and talking about how to bring Costa Rica back to your home, organization or classroom.

Participants earn 100 CEU credit hours through this course.



The cost of the course covers ground transportation in Costa Rica, lodging in all areas of focus, including San Jose, Cerro de la Muerte and Osa Peninsula, all meals, activity and entrance fees, course instruction and materials, field instruction, and a dedicated local naturalist guide.*

*Note: The course cost does not cover airfare to San José, Costa Rica.


To see what past participants did during the 2022 Baja Ecological Edventures Course, search #BajaEcoEd on NC Aquarium Facebook and Instagram.


The NC Aquariums offer educator professional development opportunities through several different experiences, all hosted under the Ecological Edventures program. These experiences are intended to inspire educators to incorporate aquatic resources and conservation into their classrooms, organizations, or communities and improve their self-efficacy in sharing these concepts with their audiences.


Gail Lemiec, Unique Experiences Coordinator


December 1, 2022

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