Visiting the aquarium with your school is a great way to bring education alive. We offer many interactive opportunities for your students to learn more about marine environments.
If your are interested in bringing a school group to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, please submit a REQUEST FORM.
Welcome to the North Carolina Aquarium classroom! Plan an unforgettable field trip to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Your students will dive into the world of wonder and water, with a wide array of educational exhibits and programs.All groups must pre-register.
Creatures come alive in this story telling and critter creating program. A special craft is included with each program, and some programs include live animals.
Spiny-skinned animals, Whales and Dolphins, Crabs and other Crustaceans, Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Sharks, Skates and Rays.
Grades K - First.
$5 per student
Minimum of 10 students
Maximum of 25 students
Uncover the hidden world of clams, snails, crabs, sea urchins, sea stars, and other invertebrates. Learn what makes a coral an animal, where the eyes of a star fish are located, how an urchin gets around, and much more!Grades 1 - University.$4 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 150 students
Learn the characteristics of sharks in this interactive presentation on shark anatomy and behavior. Discover how sharks swim, how they get along without bones, and how they replace their teeth!Grades 1 - University.$4 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 150 students
How do we compare to some of the largest animals on earth? What is the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this fun, interactive program highlighting the whales and dolphins that frequent North Carolina's coast.Grades 2 - University.$4 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 150 students
Join staff on a behind the scenes tour and see what it is like to be responsible for the aquarium's critters. This tour will take you places that many guests never have a chance to see.Grades 6 - University.$7 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 15 students
Learn about the habits and habitats of various reptiles in the Cape Fear Region. Alligators, turtles, and snakes will be highlighted.Grades 1 - University.$4 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 150 students
A changing climate is affecting our oceans and the animals that call it home. Join aquarium staff to experience the Geodome; an immersive, inflatable theater with footage showcasing local scientists’ work about effects of climate change on marine mammals. Learn about what we can do to make a difference to ensure a healthy ocean for all living things.
Grades 6 - 12.$100 per session$75 for each additional sessionMaximum of 25 students
Available April 1st to September 30thJoin us for a hands-on program that introduces students to the fun of catching blue crabs.Activities include: Lessons in the biology of crustaceans, the making of a crab lure, bait, exploring a shrub thicket, pulling a seine or dip net through the salt marsh, and the importance of dunes, marsh grasses, and food webs.Grades 2 - University.$8 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 60 students
1 1/2 Hours
Available March 1st to November 30thNorth Carolina has over 3,000 acres of salt marsh. Students hike the marsh and discover plants and animals found in this rich environment.Activities include: Exploring a shrub thicket, pulling a seine or dip net through the marsh, and discovering the importance of dunes, marsh grasses, and food webs.Grades 2 - University.$7 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 60 students
Available April 1st to November 30th
Learn the art and practice of saltwater fishing.
hands-on program includes knowledge of surf fishing equipment, baits
commonly used and how to identify local fish in our waters. All
equipment and bait is provided.
Grades 6 - University.
$15 per student
Minimum of 10 students
Maximum of 20 students
2 1/2 Hours
Available March 1st to November 30thHave you ever heard about the Fort Fisher Hermit? Maybe you were lucky enough to meet him. Join aquarium staff to watch an award winning documentary entitled, "The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life and Death of Robert E. Harrill." Then take a walk in the Hermit's footsteps out through the marsh to the bunker where he lived. Learn how the hermit lived in the marsh, surviving largely on plants and animals. Test your own skills catching and releasing food from the marsh.Activities include:Watching the documentary, crabbing, seining, and hiking.Grades 10 - University.$10 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 60 students*Photo by Fred Pickler
Available June 1st to October 31stExplore Zeke's Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion.Activities include: Canoeing, crabbing, seining, or birding.Grades 7 - University.$25 per studentMaximum of 15 students
THIS PROGRAM MUST BE SCHEDULED AT LOW TIDE. TIMES AND DATES WILL VARY.Explore the only natural rock outcrop on the North Carolina coast and discover the marvelous marine invertebrates that live in this dynamic habitat.Grades 4 - University.$10 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 20 students
For New Hanover County Fifth Grade Students Only.
Learn the ancient art of Japanese fish painting, Gyotaku. Discover the history behind this craft and make a Gyotaku T-shirt to take home.All supplies, smocks, and shirts are providedGrades K - University.$12 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 25 students
Create your very own incredible, wearable T-shirt with easy to use stamps in fun Marine-life shapes.All supplies, smocks, and shirts are providedGrades K - First.$12 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 25 students
Students will learn the history behind this craft and create their own masterpiece using sand.All materials are providedGrades 1 - University.$6 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 25 students
Paper can be natural...learn how to make it: It's fun, easy, and saves some trees! Education staff guides you through the process of recycling used paper to create new Nature Paper. With a bit of creativity and some help from nature, participants make their own beautiful pages. Your paper can be used for journaling, stationary, scrapbooking, or any other project.Materials are provided.Grades 5th - University.$5 per studentMinimum of 10 studentsMaximum of 15 students