North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Programs for Schools and Groups

Anatomy of a Fish

Grades: 6-12                                        Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  60 min

What do fish and people have in common?  Find out in this wonderful program that explores the anatomy of fish.  You must supply dissection equipment and fish.

Animal Olympics

Grades: K-5                                         Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  45 min

Join us for this Olympic event and go for the gold against some of the animal kingdom’s finest athletes in events like Turtle Hurdles, Whack-a-Fish, and the Decapod-athalon.

Aquatic Food Webs

Grades: 6-12                                        Class Limit: 90                          Duration:  1 ½ hr

This program connects students from their dinner plates to primary producers and everywhere in-between.  Students will work together to identify key components of healthy fisheries habitat including submerged aquatic vegetation, macroinvertebrates, water quality testing, and sportfish fish of the Currituck Sound.  They will then see how all these pieces support our local aquatic food webs.

 

Archery for Beginners

Grades: 6-12                                        Class Limit: 20                          Duration:  2 hr

Archery is a skill with roots in our shooting and hunting heritage that has evolved into a sport that can be enjoyed by all. This program will discuss different applications of archery in today’s world and teach participants basic tournament-style archery techniques
 

Art of Fish Printing Workshop

Grades 9+                                            Class Limit:  25                         Duration:  1 ½ hr

Gyotaku: Japanese Fish Printing used to be a way of keeping records of fish caught.  This 1 ½ hour long workshop will allow you to explore this art form as you create your own fish prints on different mediums while learning the history of Gyotaku and what we can learn about fish from it.

 

Beach Exploration

Grades: K-12                                       Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  45 min

Walk with us on the shore. Shells, shore birds, sand and dolphins, we’ll talk about whatever we find along the way.

 

Bird Brains

Grades: 3-5                                          Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  60 min

Join us on an Outer Banks bird quest and increase your brain power!  Learn how to use binoculars to spy on birds and follow clues to solve the puzzle.

 

Crabbing

Grades: 3-12                                        Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  60 min

Did you know that North Carolina harvests around 30 million pounds of blue crab annually and is the most economically valuable fishery in the state? Join Wildlife staff and try different techniques for catching blue crabs while learning ways to insure a sustainable fishery for the future.

 

Exhibit Explorations

Grades: 3-12                                        Class Limit 25                                      Duration:  30 min

Tour the Wildlife Education Center’s exhibit gallery with a wildlife interpreter.  See the artifacts, hear the history, and learn the lore behind the exhibits.

 

Fish Printing

Grades: K-8                                         Class Limit:  25                         Duration:  45 min

Gyotaku: Japanese Fish Printing used to be a way of keeping records of fish caught.  Now, it is an art form.  You will create your own Gyotaku print as you learn the history of Gyotaku and what we can learn about fish from it.

 

Fish Scales & Crabby Tales

 Grades: Pre K-2                                   Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  45 min

Hear seaside stories told with a ‘wild’ twist, where characters come to life on the big screen.  Stick around after and create your own take-home creature or hike to see some of the real-life heroes.

Fish Stories

Grades: Pre-K-2                                  Class Limit:  25                         Duration:  30 min

Did you hear the one about the fish that got away? Bring your small fry and join us in the theater for a fishy-good story time and activity.

 

Fishing the Sound

Grades: 3-8                                          Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  1 ½ hr

Come fish with us! We have the bait, poles, and information on what fish you can catch in Currituck Sound. Learn how to bait a line, cast, and safely release fish.

 

Frogs

Grades: K-12                                       Class Limit: 25                                      Duration:  60 min

Tree frogs, chorus frogs, bullfrogs, leopard frogs… 30 species of frogs and toads call NC home.  Learn how to identify common calls heard at night in the Outer Banks and explore some of their habitat in our own backyard.

 

Life Cycles of the Fish and Famous

Grades:  6-12                                       Class Limit:  90                         Duration:  60 min

Find out what it means to survive as either a catadromous or an anadromous fish.  Become a fish and fight through your life cycle through this choose-your-own-adventure style team activity!  

 

Marine Mammals of NC

Grades: 9-12                                        Class Limit: 90                          Duration:  60 min

Come and learn about the marine mammals hanging off our coast.  Is it a dolphin or a porpoise?  If you've ever wondered, this lecture-style class is your chance to find out.

 

Maritime Forest Walk

Grades: K-12                                       Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  60 min

This class meets in the parking lot of the reserve.

Hike through the maritime forest at Currituck Banks National Estuarine Research Reserve and see the plants and wildlife that call the Outer Banks home.

 

Nature Photography

Grades: 3-12                                        Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  60 min         

Learn how to make your good pictures great!  Bring your camera and head outdoors to practice applying some of these techniques.

 

Nuts for Nature

Grades 1-12                                         Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  60 min

The outdoors is a busy place! Animals are moving, plants are growing, and weather is changing. Learn how to track these changes using writing, drawing, and collecting skills.

 

OutCast Tournament

Grades 3-12                                         Group Size:  25                                    Duration:  60 min

Put your fish casting skills to the test and join us in our first ever tournament where you compete to "out cast" the competition.  Sign up as a house full or as individuals and see who brings home the title as best OutCast of the week.  Cheerleading sections most welcome!

 

Owls

Grades: 3-5                                          Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  60 min

Join us on a discovery of Owls.  Learn about the food chain and some of the owls in the area.  We will even dissect owl pellets to learn what the owl has been eating!

 

Run For Your Life (Cycle)!

Grades: K-5                                         Class Limit:  25                         Duration:  45 min

“Run for Your Life!” dodging predators, diving into seagrass tents, and hunting for prey in this "field game" simulation activity.  Learn about the struggles of the Striped Bass life cycle and see if you can be quick enough to survive.

 

Sea Turtle Natural History

Grades: 9-12                                        Class Limit: 90                          Duration:  60 min

This program presents the precarious life strategies of sea turtles who visit North Carolina coastal waters. Discover what turtles nest on our beaches and the efforts by local volunteers to help conserve these threatened and endangered reptiles.

 

Sea Turtle Safari

Grades: 6-12                                        Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  1 ½ hr

Note:  We will start in the auditorium and then head out to the beach to explore.

Come on safari in search of pretend turtle nests on our beach and learn what you can do to help sea turtles survive.

Sea Turtles in Jeopardy!

Grades: 3-12                                        Class Limit: 90                          Duration:  60 min

Join us inside for this interactive theater program. Learn more about sea turtles of coastal North Carolina and learn how each of us can help in the conservation of these threatened and endangered species.

 

Sound Discoveries, Sound Decisions

Grades: 6-12                                        Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  1 ½ hr

Note: Please bring water shoes for wading.

Discover what makes the Currituck Sound such a unique ecological niche. We will use different techniques to sample the sound and learn how to make sound decisions for a healthier habitat for fish and other aquatic life.

 

Sound Sampler

Grades: K-5                                         Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  1 ¼ hr

Be sure to bring water shoes for wading.

Find out what lurks below the surface of the sound using different nets and traps.  Be prepared to get wet and dirty discovering the diversity of Currituck Sound.

 

Swish Like a Fish

Grades preK-2                                     Class Limit:  25                         Duration:  30 min

Swish like a fish as you explore the underwater habitat of fish.  Learn how fish find their homes and survive in different aquatic habitats.

 

Tracks & Traces

Grades: 3-5                                          Class Limit:  25                         Duration:  60 min

How many ways can you track an animal? Join our educators and learn the techniques used to track and identify local wildlife. Track animals around the center and learn to identify the common traces of our animals that often get overlooked.

 

Turtle Hurdles

Grades:  K-5                                        Class Limit:  25                         Duration:  30 min

Bring your little 'hatchlings' for an experience they won't soon forget. Join instructors on the beach and experience what sea turtles must hurdle to survive.

 

Whale Tales

Grades: Pre K-2                                   Class Limit: 25                          Duration:  45 min

Join us for a whale of a tale on our big screen.  Hear a children’s story about a humpback whale that got in a little trouble and learn about how biologists saved her life.  Then try your own hand at “saving a whale”!

 

Yuck!

Grades: K-8                                                                                         Duration:  60 min-1 ½ hr

Class Limit: 90 for auditorium session only; 50 including outdoor exploration

Vomiting vultures, spitting insects, burping frogs, and more stomach-churning fun will be uncovered during this hour-long adventure. For the optional outdoors part (an additional 1/2 hour), participants will discover the dirty truth about surviving in the wild, while joining staff on the “scat walk.”