Aquarium education programs are not easily accessible for schools whose limited budgets or distance from the coast hinder their ability to participate. Additionally, many schools are unaware of Aquarium program opportunities, especially those in the western portions of North Carolina. Aquarium programs will bring fascinating aquatic animals, important conservation messages and other unique educational opportunities to tens of thousands of students who might otherwise never experience a visit to the Aquariums along the coast.
“The North Carolina Aquariums offer one of the largest informal science education programs in the state. The new Aquarium Scholars initiative will expand access to these offerings for at-risk students in Title I schools—an effort that can help close achievement gaps in both science and life skills for thousands of students across the state.”Brenda Berg, President & CEO, BEST-NC
“ Your target to reach tens of thousands of low-income school students is admirable and represents a priority to the NCDPI as we seek to close the gap for students who are under-represented in STEM fields. ”Beverly Vance, NC Department of Public Instruction
The NC Aquarium Society is a 501c3 charitable organization (Tax ID# 56-1512990) and receives all gifts on behalf of the NC Aquariums and Jennette’s Pier.
The NC Aquariums are a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.