Campers check out a salamander

Fort Fisher, North Carolina —Summer camps at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher are an odyssey into a world of discovery and adventure that keeps young campers at the edge of their seats and on the tips of their toes. Camps run June 19-Aug. 4, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Campers will encounter hissing cockroaches, and rat snakes, peek in on Asian small-clawed otters and gaze into underwater habitats filled with beautiful sea life.

“It’s exciting to welcome campers and share encounters with animals that elicit curiosity and create greater awareness about their role in our ecosystem. Our team of environmental educators and special activities instructors look forward to inspiring our next generation of conservationists,” said Andy Gould, education curator, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

There are several camp opportunities for different ages including Aquanauts for ages 5-6, Marine Detectives for ages 7-8, Ocean Explorers for ages 9-11, and Coastal Crusaders for ages 12-14. Summer day camps run July 3, 5, 6 and 7 with the opportunity to sign up for one or more days to enjoy adventures, animals, and activities. Themes offered include Woodland Wonders, Exploring Freshwater, Salt Marsh Inhabitants, and Amazing Ocean. These camps are for ages 5-12. For the younger campers, the Aquarium hosts Sea Sprouts camp. Four-year-old campers can dive into their first Aquarium camp experience from Aug. 14-18 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

To find out more or register for the camps, visit NCA Fort Fisher Camps . To become a member, visit NC Aquarium Society.