By Ted Wilgis

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH The N.C. Coastal Federation today started its Touch Tank Tuesdays, a fun, interactive series that takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from May to October at its recently opened Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach.

People of all ages are encouraged to attend the one-hour program and discover what a live shrimp, crab or whelk looks like. These marine animals will be carefully collected from local tidal creeks and salt marshes and released each day, spending a short time in the federation’s touch tank for each session.

This is an exciting opportunity for children and even adults to see and feel first-hand some of the amazing and interesting critters that call our local waters home.

You can find more information about the program by going by the education center, 309 W. Salisbury St. in the Historic Square at Wrightsville Beach; calling the federation at 910-509-2838; emailing us; or visiting the Events Calendar on our web site. The event is $3 for federation members and $5 for nonmembers. Fees can be paid on the day of the event or in advance. Space is limited, and pre-registration is recommended. An adult should accompany children under the age of 15.

Other programs that will be offered at the education center this summer include:

  • A Coastal Adventures series that features special guests who will provide hands-on, engaging opportunities to learn about the coast, critters and hands-on instruction with simple “do-it-yourself” coastal restoration and water quality protection projects.
  • A variety of special events with local artists, writers and coastal experts.