Sunday, June 26, 2022

N.C. Coastal Federation Tuesday touch tank program starts in Wrightsville Beach next week

Visitors can check out a variety of different sea creatures at the Tuesday Touch Tank in Wrightsville Beach (Port City Daily/File)
Visitors can check out a variety of different sea creatures at the Tuesday Touch Tank in Wrightsville Beach (Port City Daily/File)

Are you looking for something fun and educational to do this summer? Check out Touch Tank Tuesdays in Wrightsville Beach.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Do you want to learn more about the aquatic life that calls the Cape Fear Region home? Well, good news: the North Carolina Coastal Federation is starting its free, weekly Touch Tank program at the Alice Coastal Education Center.

The event takes place every Tuesday starting June 4 and runs through August. Visitors are invited to join from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. to learn more about the sea creatures that call the Cape Fear area home.

“Each week, a variety of coastal plants and animals are carefully collected for the Tuesday program and later released. From purple sea urchins and red and green algae to blue crabs and orange horse conchs, the rainbow of wildlife to view and hold varies each week,” according to a press release.

Guests can do more than just learn about animals; they can use microscopes to check out some of the smaller organisms as well as enjoy crafts, board games, and coloring activities.

“The touch tank program gives people the opportunity to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures residing here in our waters,” said Bonnie Mitchell, coastal outreach specialist at the Wrightsville Beach office. “We hope that when people leave, they feel inspired to protect and restore our coast and all the wildlife that depend on these habitats.”

The event is free but donations are accepted and appreciated. Full event details are available at nccoast.org/events.


 

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