Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Outreach Truck Unveiling

Yesterday, the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher unveiled its new outreach vehicle at Halyburton Park. Public and media learned more about outreach programs, toured the vehicle, as well as saw and touched a variety of marine invertebrates that are commonly found along the North Carolina coast, including sea stars, whelks, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, and other marine invertebrates.

The Outreach program currently brings marine invertebrates, 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 include a life support system, heating and air to maintain proper temperatures, biodiesel fuel capacity and a ramp to allow easy and safe access for the animals and their caretakers.

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.

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