Aquarium holiday camps offer cold-weather fun


children holiday campPINE KNOLL SHORES, NC December 19, 2013 – Holiday camps at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores combine fun and learning into wintertime adventures for children in grades 2-5 during the December holiday break.

Participants enjoy outdoor activities, discovery labs, crafts, behind-the-scenes action and more. Holiday camps meet Dec. 26 and Dec. 27.  from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. The fee is $35 per camper, per day; $31.50 for members. Register for one or both days.  Space is limited and advance registration and payment are required.

School holidays in early 2014 also offer opportunities for young campers. Animal Enrichment Camp for Grades 3-6 meets 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20. Participants learn about the science of animal enrichment as they help aquarists prepare enrichment items and see how the animals react. Other behind-the-scenes action, crafts and animal encounters add to the excitement.

Sea Turtle Rescue Camp for Grades 3-6 on Feb. 17  gives campers hands-on opportunities to work with the Aquarium’s sea turtle rescue team. Campers learn how the Aquarium cares for weak and injured baby sea turtles that hatch along the coast every summer and fall, and also for cold-stunned sea turtles that strand in winter. Camp meets 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Animal Enrichment and Sea Turtle Rescue Camps are $35 per camper, $31.50 for members. Space is limited. Advance registration and payment are required.