Monday, September 29, 2008

Young at Art

As a member of Coastal America, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher was delighted to accept submissions for Coastal America’s recent Ocean Art Contest. Some twelve other facilities collected entries, totaling approximately 1,500 pieces overall. The Aquarium at Fort Fisher alone accepted 121 pieces of students’ work.

Of the 1,500 entries, three North Carolina students were selected as national finalists. Winners were 14-year-old Jan Fahlbusch, age 14 of New Bern; 17-year-old Chelsea Finical, age 17 of Grimesland; and 8-year-old Ansley Nurkin, age 8 of Charlotte. Their work will be displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Open to students from kindergarten through university levels, the contest encouraged participants to use their creativity and artistic talent to express the importance of our oceans, both personally and globally. Guidelines required that artwork reflect one of seven established “essential principles of ocean literacy,” and include a narrative explaining the piece. Categories were defined by grade levels, and regional winners were sent to Washington, D.C., to compete nationally, where they also met President Bush, who applauded their efforts.

Ansley Nurkin, age 8

Jan Fahlbusch, age 14

Chelsea Finical, age 17

Friday, September 26, 2008

Quail, quail...everywhere!

This spring, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher's bobwhite quail laid eggs in the Conservatory. In late May, we had tiny quail chicks. They grew bigger behind the scenes and some were recently released back into the Aquarium. They were hesitant to get out of their cage...but after a few minutes, they tentatively walked out and began taking dirt baths!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Wilmington Trunk-n-Trade is a resale and recycling event, offering excellent buys and trade-ins on slightly used children and family items. The community comes together to sell or trade everything from clothes to toys, sports gear to furniture, all from the trunk of their cars!

It will be conveniently located in the parking lot of the Wilmington Arts Center and SunTrust Bank (3834 Oleander Drive in Wilmington) on October 11, 2008 from 11 am - 2 pm.

There will be free activities for the kids, including face painting, moonsand, science experiments and more. Bring your items, open your trunk, and put a few bucks in your wallet…while keeping these items out of the landfill!

For more information, call 910-794-9590.