Did you know that the Museum of Coastal Carolina is an ecoEXPLORE hotspot? ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is an incentive-based citizen science program for children in grades K-8 developed by the NC Arboretum. ecoEXPLORE combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment and encourages children to explore the outdoors and participate in citizen science. You can sign up for a free account at ecoexplore.net and collect data while you visit the museum. You do not have to have an ecoEXPLORE account prior to visiting, although it is recommended; you can collect data to upload at a later date. Relevant exhibits will be labeled with an ecoEXPLORE logo for guidance. To learn more, check out https://www.ecoexplore.net/
Entry to the museum is FREE for members and Brunswick County residents with valid IDs. The special Family Day admission to the museum for non-residents is only $3 per person.
Family Day activities include shark tooth necklaces, sea globes, coin toss, ring toss, and mystery egg decorating with the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization. Families have the option of completing craft projects on site or taking the crafts home to complete. Home Depot is providing kits that are take-home only. Tickets to participate in craft activities will be sold for fifty cents per ticket; most craft activities require 2 to 4 tickets to participate.
In addition to craft activities, Matthew Bookout will be on hand with live snakes and other reptiles. Ingram Planetarium’s booth will feature Cloud Burst – an activity about cloud formation. The OIB Fire & Rescue and Police Departments will be represented. The Volunteer Association plans to raise funds with a Boston Butt sale (pre-orders required), a Krispy Kreme fundraiser, and a used book sale. Food vendors include Nana’s Main Ingredient, Sunset Slush, and Dixieland Kettle Corn.
Judy Sobota will give you an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ look at our aquariums, facility operations, and Touch Tank animals. The tour will include the museum’s animal holding tank facilities that are normally closed to the public. Learn what it takes to keep our animals healthy and happy, discover the unique features of the variety of fish in our tanks, and see first hand how the aquariums are managed and operated. This program is part of our involvement with the annual NCSciFest events taking place around the state from April 1-30.
Judy was our past Volunteer Coordinator and is presently a volunteer trainer for Touch Tank responsibilities. She is an expert in many facets of the operation of our Touch Tank and aquariums as well as marine animal care. She is happy to share her knowledge about the many species of animals in the museum.
As World War II wound down, American and British teams scoured occupied Germany for as much military, scientific, and technological development research as they could uncover. Covert groups began confiscating war-related documents and materials and interrogating scientists. Finally, a list of scientists and engineers that had been put to work for the Third Reich was discovered. Roughly 1,600 German scientists and their families were brought to the United States to work on America’s behalf during the Cold War. The goal was to harness German intellectual resources to help develop superior American technology and weapons against the Soviet Union.
Brett Riggs is a native of Southeastern North Carolina, lives in Shallotte. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science. His historical specialty is the Colonial era and the early American republic.
This NC Sea Grant Coastal Landscape Initiative presentation — ‘Landscapes Inspired by Nature’ — is presented by Vicki Fuhrmann. The presentation focuses on elements that affect gardening in coastal Southeast North Carolina and landscaping with plants that perform well in coastal North Carolina, taking into account environmental conditions such as heat, severe storms and low nutrient soils.
Vicki has been a gardener her entire life, going back to when she was growing up on a dairy farm in Indiana. She is enthusiast about beneficial, sustainable habitat and very knowledgeable about native plants that support pollinators, birds, butterflies and local wildlife. She has been a Master Gardener Volunteer for over 10 years, first in Maryland, then in Brunswick County, NC. She is currently the President of the Brunswick County Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Association. She is very active in their Plant Sales, a presenter for the Day in the Yard class, and a speaker to community groups on gardening in Brunswick County.