Trails, Nature & Carnivals, Oh My! 🎆 🥾

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April 2022

Plan to enjoy one of the North Carolina Aquariums’ many nature trails this month and join the City Nature Challenge, April 29-May 2.

Did you know, the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is situated in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, which is mostly maritime forest?

Alice Hoffman bequeathed the land that is now the Roosevelt Natural Area to her niece, who was married to Theodore Roosevelt Jr. They donated 298 acres of maritime forest to the state in 1971 and stipulated the

acreage be maintained as a nature preserve and used for nature and wildlife education and estuarine studies.

Two nature trails at the Aquarium take you through the maritime forest. The Roosevelt Nature Trail is accessible from the parking lot, and the Alice Hoffman Trail is accessible from the Saltmarsh Boardwalk.

Behind the Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the Basin Trail follows 2.2 miles of incredible vistas, flora and fauna. Another out-and-back trail is the Fort Fisher to Bald Head Island Beach Walk. The

17.6-mile route is great for fishing, hiking and trail running. 

The Aquarium on Roanoke Island invites you to the Bird Trail on its grounds. This trail delivers educational information and includes hands-on activities focused on indigenous birds. Also at Roanoke Island, the Pollinator Garden trail journeys through regional wildflower environments.

Want more? Step up to the City Nature Challenge and celebrate nature, April 29-May 2. It’s a snap to join Team Coastal NC!

  1. Download the iNaturalist app & Create Account 
  2. Snap photos of wild plants & animals
  3. Upload & share your observations 
  4. Discover the identity of your nature finds

The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores hosts Carnival to Combat Climate Change, April 2. The free event will feature science and conservation

leaders from across the state. Enjoy activities, carnival games, and music. No Aquarium admission needed to attend this event. 

Join the Aquarium on Roanoke Island for their annual Egg Hunt! The popular springtime tradition returns April 9 and 16 at 11 a.m. Children ages 3-7 will learn about egg-laying animals and hunt for eggs hidden on the grounds. Registration required.

Celebrate Earth Day at Pine Knoll Shores during Party for the Planet, April 22-29. This weeklong fest features in-house activities, crafts and discovery. Educators will provide information on native plants, recycling, ocean conservation and more.

Now accepting volunteers for FrogWatch USA training workshops at the Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Discover the unique calls of these loquacious amphibians and learn about their special role in our ecosystem, 1-4 p.m on Saturdays, April 9 or May 14.

Registration for Spring Camps and Summer Camps is underway for all three Aquariums!

Sign up and lace up for Race for the Planet, Sunday, April 24, 8 a.m., at the Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Can’t make it in person? Join us virtually. Proceeds support the Aquarium’s sustainability and conservation work. 


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