World Turtle Day 🐢

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May 2022

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) established Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE), which includes the SAFE American Turtle and SAFE Sea Turtle programs, to mobilize the collective resources of the 240+ member zoos and aquariums to save wildlife.

As members of SAFE, the NC Aquariums actively engage in sea turtle conservation. This past winter, the three Aquariums collectively took in over 60 cold-stunned sea turtles, caring for them until they were ready to be released back to the ocean.

Saving Turtles Together

Here are three actions you can take to make a difference for sea turtles:

  1. Never release balloons or sky lanterns, which can end up in the ocean and be confused for food by hungry sea turtles.
  2. Organize a beach cleanup or trash pickup in your neighborhood.
  3. Encourage friends and family to take action to reduce harmful marine pollution.

World Turtle Day:

Join a World Turtle Day scavenger hunt May 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Remember to reserve your tickets

Frog Watch 

We are now accepting volunteers for the final spring FrogWatch USA training workshop. Discover the unique calls of these talkative amphibians and their special role in local ecosystems on Saturday, May 14, 1-4 p.m.

Toddler Storytime

Every Tuesday morning, creatures come alive during Toddler Storytime — admission included with reservation. Choose between 10 and 10:15 a.m. Register online.

Recycle Together Workshop 

Recycle More North Carolina will host a workshop Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. Learn why and how to recycle in North Carolina with hands-on learning about food waste and composting, waste reduction, and recycling in Carteret County. 

Suds 4 Sharks Fundraiser

Raise a glass at Suds 4 Sharks, a shark conservation fundraiser May 20, 6-8 p.m. at Crystal Coast Brewing Company in Atlantic Beach. Highlights include a shark-themed silent auction, Meraki Mediterranean Kafe food truck, and NC Aquariums speakers Dr. Carol Price and Dr. Emily Christiansen.

Habitat Restoration

Help restore the shore during Party for the Planet! Plant marsh grass June 4, 8:30 a.m. and dune grass at 1:30 p.m. Register for one or both planting events online.

Kayaking and Beachcombing

On Mondays this summer, visit the beach across the street from the Aquarium for a beachcombing adventure. On Tuesdays, explore the marsh behind the Aquarium during a guided kayak tour. Your expert tour guide will help identify local wildlife, shells and other treasures.

Summer Camp and Day Camp

Registration is underway! With discovery and adventure for different ages around every turn, these camps are experiences that your child will remember for a lifetime. 


Join the Aquarium at KidFest at Festival Park in Nags Head on May 6 with fun sea turtle information and activities.

Beach Yoga

Visitors and residents alike can enjoy free yoga on the beach every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. beginning May 17. Instructor Amy Lichtensteiger Klauser will lead the one-hour long sessions again this season thanks to our partners at The Outer Banks Hospital.

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