Aquarium to host informational session for 2016 teen trip to Costa Rica

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Teen students learn how to measure leatherback sea turtles in preparation for nightly data collecting hikes in Costa Rica during a trip with the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Courtesy photo.
Teen students learn how to measure leatherback sea turtles in preparation for nightly data collecting hikes in Costa Rica during a trip with the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Courtesy photo.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host a teen trip next summer for the Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program.

This immersive, hands-on experience includes nightly sea turtle patrols to find nesting female leatherbacks, rafting in the rain forest and a cultural exchange day with local students, according to a news release from the aquarium.

During the nine-day trip, slated for June 20-28, 2016, participants will be supporting conservation by assisting with a leatherback sea turtle monitoring project and exploring the rainforest. Students will experience international travel and culture, practice Spanish language skills and create friendships to last a lifetime.

An informational session about the 2016 trip will be held at the aquarium at 10 a.m. Aug. 15. Staff will share details of the program and trip. The trip is open to all high school students ages 14 to 18. For more information call (910) 772-0505.

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.