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See Sea Critters At Touch Tank Tuesdays

North Carolina Coastal Federation staff show sea creatures to a group of students during a past Touch Tank Tuesday. Photo: Allison Ballard

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH – Meet sea creatures that live along the estuarine shorelines during a free summer program offered weekly by the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

The Touch Tank Tuesdays program kicks off June 4 at the Fred and Alice Coastal Education Center and will be held every Tuesday in June, July and August.

Join staff from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to interact with and learn more about the range of coastal plants and animals collected for the Tuesday program and later released. Participants can also look at the organisms under a microscope and move through interactive stations, including crafts, coloring activities and board games related to local aquatic ecosystems.

“The touch tank program gives people the opportunity to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures residing here in our waters,” Bonnie Mitchell, coastal outreach specialist at the Wrightsville Beach office, said in a statement. “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 weekly event is free, but donations are appreciated and will be used support the Touch Tanks program and other federation education programs that promote and inspire coastal stewardship.

Touch Tank Tuesday is open to all ages but those under 15 should bring an adult.

There is metered parking on the Wrightsville Beach Historic Square, where the first two hours of parking are free. Organizers recommend visitors use Wrightsville Beach Park, 3 Bob Sawyer Drive, and walking to the center.

Summer camps and other large groups can contact Mitchell to possibly set-up a private Touch Tank Tuesday session. She can be reached at 910-508-2838 or bonniem@nccoast.org for more information.

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