Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Volunteers are vital to the operation of all of the Aquarium's programs. From helping to teach the public to assisting with plant or animal care to diving in to clean an exhibit, we simply could not do it without them.
We look for people who are reliable, enthusiastic, and eager to learn and teach others about marine habitats. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. A junior volunteer program is available for teens age 15-17; a great way to spend the summer!
Opportunities are available in Education, Horticulture, Certified Diving, and Aquariology. For more information, please click here.
Monday, April 28, 2008
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher received a grant from the Community Foundation of Southeastern North Carolina in the amount of $15,000 to help the aquarium acquire a new outreach vehicle. This is in addition to $55,000 raised by the N.C. Aquarium Society.
The Outreach program currently brings marine invertebrates, like sea stars and hermit crabs, in addition to reptiles and amphibians to schools, libraries, camps, and community groups. By outfitting a large truck, educators will now be able to bring a bit of North Carolina’s coastal environment to students who live in the mountains or the piedmont and may never get a chance to visit the beach.
Features of the van will include a life support system, heating and air to maintain proper temperatures, biodiesel fuel and a lift to allow easy and safe access for the animals and their caretakers.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Entries must be original paintings, drawings, photographs or other visual art work created by the contestant. Only two dimensional works are accepted and cannot exceed 24"x36". Art work should reflect one of the seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy outlined below. A narrative (not exceeding 150 words) explaining the art work must accompany the work.
The Seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy:
Art work must reflect one of the Seven Essential Principles:
1. The Earth has one big ocean with many features.
2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth.
3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
4. The ocean makes Earth habitable.
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
7. The ocean is largely unexplored.
Contest age groups are as follows:
Group 1: Grades K-2
Group 2: Grades 3-5
Group 3: Grades 6-8
Group 4: Grades 9-12
Group 5: College and University Students
As a member of Coastal America, the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is accepting art submissions. All works must be received by May 30. Participating schools are asked to select the top 10 works for each group. For more information, please visit the Coastal America site here and/or contact Stefanie Misner at 910.458.8257 ext. 234 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Select students at Anderson Elementary, Carolina Beach Elementary, Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, Freeman Elementary, Myrtle Grove Middle School, St. Mary’s Parrish and Wrightsville Beach Elementary will be raising Southern toads from toad eggs. Toad eggs were delivered to the classrooms in late March and hatched into tadpoles right away. With their teacher’s assistance and an extensive fact sheet from the aquarium, students will learn more about amphibians and their growth. In late May, students will release their Southern toads back into the habitat from which the toad eggs were collected.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
- With rising fuel costs and still prevalent pollution problems, consider carpooling to work. For errands nearby, ride your bike or walk. The exercise will do you good!
- NC is experiencing a significant drought. Reduce your water consumption by turning off the water while washing dishing, shaving and brushing your teeth. And fix any leaks right away.
- Start a garden. Food that you grow yourself does not have to be "processed" or "packaged", and no fossil fuels are needed to get it to the store and then to your house. Saves money too!
- Plastic grocery bags account for a lot of unnecessary trash in landfills. Buy a reusable shopping bag to take with you. Next time you're asked, "Paper or plastic?", you can say, "No thanks, I have my own." NBC is selling a green grocery bag kit, containing one large and two small bag. Plus, they're 100% organic and machine washable. During Earth Week, April 21st – April 27th, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this bag will go to the Nature Conservancy. To order, visit: click here.
- If you forget your reusable grocery bag, reuse the plastic ones for picking up after Fido - this keeps our water cleaner too!
- Print something in error? Flip the page over, put it back in your printer and use that sheet again.
- Glass, aluminum, paper and plastic are all recyclable. Better yet, buy a reusable, refillable water bottle instead of wasting plastic.
- Buy "precycled" products such as toilet tissue made out of recycled products.
- Can't wear those favorite jeans anymore? Don't toss 'em - donate them to your favorite charity.
These tips are easy to fit into your lifestyle, while decreasing your "footprint" on this planet. Be sure to practice them every day, not just Earth Day!