â€¦ with Aquarium Scholars Grants🎓

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August 2021


The last year and a half was full of unknowns in the classroom, and the next year might hold some of the same. The North Carolina Aquariums are asking Title I teachers to take a few minutes to apply for this year’s Aquarium Scholars grant to help bring the beach within reach.

Applications are open for the 2021-2022 Aquarium Scholars grant program. Aquarium Scholars offers funding for Title I schools to help remove barriers to educational opportunities with the aquariums. More than $120,000 in mini grants will be awarded to help with trip costs, transportation fees and other needs.

If teachers are unsure of what they will be allowed to do next year, they are encouraged to apply for one of the many outreach programs.

Nearly 50,000 students from 77 counties have benefited from almost $320,000 in grants since the inception of Aquarium Scholars in 2018. Grants have funded nearly 300 field trips to the state’s three aquariums (Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island) and Jennette’s Pier in Nags

Head. In addition, aquarium educators have presented more than 120 live-animal programs in classrooms across the state.

Teachers receiving the grants may choose from a robust array of programs and topics for each grade level. Each includes a mix of science, technology, engineering and math activities, hands-on programs and field experiences at the aquariums and Jennette’s Pier. Students dissect cephalopods, explore remote-operated vehicles, and much more.

Aquarium Scholars is a partnership between the Aquariums, North Carolina public schools, and the nonprofit North Carolina Aquarium Society. Through this partnership, private donors help fund access to STEM-based Aquarium education programs for low-income students, with little or no cost to the schools or students. 

Applications for the 2021-2022 Aquarium Scholars may be submitted here until Sept. 8.

Make a colorful splash with creative fun under the sea. The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores hosts family-friendly Paint Night Aug 12 and an adult-only (21 and over) Sip and Paint Night Sept. 12. Paint-night supplies and instructions are included, and themes change each session. Space is limited, with preregistration required.  

Plan ahead for your aquarium visit. Online, in-advance ticket purchases or member reservations are encouraged, as sellouts happen at all three aquariums – Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island.


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