I would like to share some information about the North Carolina Center for Wildlife Education – Corolla’s best attraction. There are three of these centers across the state – one in the mountains, one in the central Piedmont, and we are lucky enough to have one in Corolla. The center offers 5,000 square feet of displays and artifacts that interpret the rich natural and cultural history associated with the area.
Exhibits include an 8,000 gallon aquarium stocked with native fish of Currituck Sound, a special decoy gallery with more than 250 antique waterfowl decoys, and a life-size diorama of a duck blind in a salt marsh. A 20-minute feature presentation, “Life by Water’s Rhythms”, screens daily in the auditorium. The documentary explores the role of Currituck Sound in the natural and cultural history of the region.
The best part about it is that it is Free!!
The second best kept secret are the programs offered six days a week by the center. Weekly programs are designed for participants of all ages. Programs last 30 minutes to 2 hours. Oh, and did I mention they are FREE??
Here’s a sampling of September’s offerings:
Crabbing – North Carolina harvests around 30 million pounds of blue crab annually. Join Wildlife staff and try different techniques for catching blue crabs while learning ways to insure a sustainable fishery for the future.
Sound Sampler – Find out what lurks below the surface of the sound using different nets and traps. Discover the diversity of Currituck Sound from sportfish to insects.
Sea Turtles in Jeopardy – Join the wildlife staff for a game show-style program and learn about sea turtles of coastal North Carolina while discovering how each of us can help in the conservation of these threatened and endangered species. Fun for all ages!
To sign up for any of these programs, go to www.ncpaws.org/reservations/corolla/info.aspx