The Aquarium’s maritime forest nature trails have long been a popular part of every visit. In 2015, the Aquarium added Tree-mendous, a fun new outdoor play area near the Alice Hoffman Nature Trail. Its major features include a swinging bridge, a spiral tube slide, an open slide, a cargo climbing net and a tire swing.
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Owl & Raptor Partner

Among the Aquarium’s most popular programs are educational encounters with live birds like owls and hawks. The Aquarium maintains a small number of these protected animals who serve as ambassadors to teach visitors about predation, food webs, and human threats to their species and habitat. Our Partners help support housing, feeding and veterinarian care for these birds.
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Entry Gardens

Visitors to the Aquarium always marvel at the lush garden landscapes that surround the facility. In particular, the entry gardens receive special attention from full-time horticulturist Gwendy Womble, who does a great job of planting and caring for a wide variety of native and non-native species. These gardens enrich the visitor experience and are part of what makes PKS so attractive.
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Other Available Projects:

Pine Knoll Shores

Named Internships

Exhibit sponsors ($5,000 level and above) are recognized with naming plaques adjacent to their sponsored feature, along with permanent recognition on the Aquariums’ Donor Exhibits — displayed at all three Aquariums.

Jay Barnes

Director of Development
North Carolina Aquarium Society
3125 Poplarwood Court, Suite 160
Raleigh, NC 27604


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.