Aquarium summer camps provide fun and safe learning opportunities with knowledgeable and experienced leadership. Camps run simultaneously for ages 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Ages 5-6, known as Aquanauts, become immersed in weekly topics through animal interaction, play, storytelling, crafts, and hands on outdoor activities. Ages 7-9, Marine Detectives, use their investigative skills in animal programs, outdoor excursions, and interactive games to better understand new concepts. Ages 10-12, Ocean Explorers, participate with staff in experiences outdoors, and behind the scenes at the Aquarium, to discover each weekly topic. Ages 13-14, Coastal Crusaders, venture farther to explore different coastal environments, such as black water swamps. These campers also interact more directly with staff behind the scenes to assist with animal care.
Summer camp dates are: Circle of Life- June 21-25 and June 28-July 2. Junior Naturalist- July 5-9 and July 12-16. Sensational Senses- July 19-23 and July 26-30. Animal Keepers- August 2-6 and August 9-13. Coastal Crusaders- June 28- July 2, July 19-23 and August 2-6.
The summer camp fee for Aquanauts, Marine Detectives, and Ocean Explorers are $200 for individual campers and $180 for NCA Society members or multiple-siblings. The fee for Coastal Crusaders is $250 for individual campers and $225 for NCA Society members or multiple-siblings. Registration forms available online at www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher. For more information please contact the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher at 910-458-7468.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days). Admission: $8 Ages 13-61, $7 Ages 62 and up, $6 Ages 3-12, Free for children 2 and under, NC Aquarium Society members and pre-registered North Carolina school groups. General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.