November 2, 2008

Outreach Program at the Fort Fisher Aquarium Is Thriving


Stars of the Sea and Swamp

Traveling exhibit brings marine critters to Carrboro

Chapel Hill News article
Deborah R. Meyer, Staff Writer
November 02, 2008

Hermit crabs, sea stars, sea urchins, and sea snails travel well in a van but are not the most charismatic creatures.

This posed a problem for Dee Rudolph, the new Outreach Coordinator for The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher at Kure Beach.

"I said, 'Oh, dear, they don't move much and are so small,'" Rudloph said. "They are not as exciting as bringing out a snake."

Her mission was to create a program that would bring out the exciting aspects of these marine invertebrates. That the program she came up with is one of the aquarium's most popular is powerful evidence that she succeeded... (click link above for complete article)

In April 2008, Community Foundation Executive Director Steve Dillon presented a check for $15,000 to Aquarium Director Donna Moffitt and Outreach Coordinator Dee Rudolph (who is holding the alligator) to help the Aquarium acquire a new outreach vehicle. It should also be noted that the NC Aquarium Society contributed $55,000 towards this effort.

-Gator photo from the Chapel Hill News article
-Van & check presentation photo credit
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