BIG SWEEP Saturday, October 18th

Come Sweep the Beach at Trinity!

During the month of October, communities of Carteret County are participating in the 28th Annual Big Sweep.  Although the kick-off statewide is the first weekend, we extend participation throughout the month.  Saturday, October 18th is the day Trinity Center and our Sound to Sea program contributes to the Pine Knoll Shores Big Sweep as part of our ongoing effort to keep our beloved beaches and waterways clean.

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If you love our beaches, please join us on the Beach at 10:00AM, Saturday, October 18, 2014.  Trinity Center will provide work gloves, trash bags and other tools.  You bring the sunscreen and water bottle.

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Volunteers will also log the amount and type of items collected, and how many animals suffered entanglements, to add to the statewide record tracking the types of trash ebb and flow over our waterways.

In 2013, 645 volunteers covered over 24 miles resulting in the removal of over 2500 pounds of trash from Carteret County waterways.

Some Big Sweep Tips for participation:

  • Take a hat or visor and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Wear old, comfortable clothes. You will get dirty.
  • Take a snack and a drink along. You’ll probably get thirsty.
  • Bring some insect repellent and a pair of gloves.
  • Make sure your shoes are sturdy and have closed toes. Your shoes may get wet. Do not go barefoot.
  • Stay with a partner or group, and be sure that children are supervised by an adult.
  • Wear a life jacket if you’ll be in a boat. Do not wade into the water to gather debris if the current is fast. Never enter the water unless you know its depth and are wearing a life jacket. Be safe and careful.
  • Watch for snakes and spiders. Be careful of poison oak and poison ivy.
  • Watch out for steep, slippery, and unstable banks. If you are unsure of conditions, find a safer place or ask for assistance.
  • Do not touch medical waste, chemical containers, barrels, pesticides, or other dangerous items. Note their location and tell your site coordinator.
  • Do not touch any animals, dead or alive. Trapped or injured animals may bite, and they can carry disease. Alert your site coordinator.
  • Have a safe, fun time!

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Aquarium’s Trick or Treat Under the Sea Oct. 29 & 30

NC Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores

w nca-pks TOTUS shark w bag 500pThe North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a bewitching evening of sweets and treats with the annual Trick or Treat Under the Sea, aka TOTUS, on the evenings of Wednesday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 30.

Trick-or-treating headlines each night, as little ghosts, goblins, creatures and characters load up on goodies at decorated booths sponsored by local businesses. Also on the fun agenda: underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, otters playing with jack o’ lanterns, face-painting and other Halloween hi-jinks with an aquatic twist. For the bolder bunch: See the dinosaurs after dark – if you dare.

Ticket sales at the door are 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each night; $11 per person; $9.90 for members; ages 2 and under are admitted free.

Daily admission tickets, receipts and passes do not apply for this special event. Regular admission ends at 1 p.m. each day of the event.

Enjoy big Dino Discount Nov. 1-7!

w nca-pks adult chasmosaurus 2The dinosaurs at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores have delayed their destiny – extinction – through Nov. 11! See them up close and hear them roar any day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Nov. 1 through Nov. 7, bring a little person with you for Dino Discount Days. Pay for one adult admission and an accompanying child ages 3-12 gets in free. Also watch for dino-mite deals on dinosaur gear in the Gift Shop through Nov. 11.

Dinosaur Adventure turns the Aquarium’s Marsh Boardwalk into a time machine. Step outside and travel back millions of years to meet these strange creatures that roamed the Earth during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

The fierce allosaurus, the long-necked apatosaurus, the fast and agile coelophysis, the ostrich-like citipati and other bygone beasts seemingly come to life among the trees and plants surrounding them. Watch out for the dilophosauruses –they spit.Dinosaur Adventure features 11 realistic, large-scale animatronic creatures representing seven species that move and call. Don’t miss the photo ops: a Tyrannosaurus rex out front, a baby T. rex near the waterfall and a dinosaur nest with eggs just before you enter Dinosaur Adventure.

nca-pks dino after dark scarierThe dinosaur exhibit has been enormously popular with summer visitors at the Aquarium. The fall extension gives more local and regional residents a chance to enjoy the experience. The dinosaurs also will add a new element to the Aquarium’s Halloween event for kids, Trick Or Treat Under the Sea, this year on Oct. 29 and 30.

Dinosaur Adventure is open the same hours as the Aquarium – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.Dinosaur Adventure features creations by Billings Productions. The exhibit is sponsored in part by Mary Katherine Lawrence.

Trinity Center Needs Help on MLK Day!

Please come help us save Sanders Point!

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Trinity Center’s Sound to Sea Environmental Education program is partnering up with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to restore the salt marsh.

SP1When: MONDAY  January 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm  

Where: TRINITY CENTER

 618 Salter Path Road (Hwy 58) Pine Knoll Shores

What to Bring:

Work clothes and closed-toe shoes, water bottle,

work gloves, galoshes or rain boots if you have them.

Please call if you have questions:

Call 252-247-5600 ext 16

On Sound to Sea’s Facebook page

Email:  mdinneen@trinityctr.com

Trinity Center plans to558034_10151601612978304_898826670_n restore the salt marsh at Sanders Point,

a part of the conference center near and dear to the hearts of many who come here.  Human and natural activities have eroded away the marsh that acts as a natural barrier in front of Sanders Point.   Sound to Sea staff and volunteers have been bagging oyster shells  in preparation for an oyster sill that will be installed at Sanders Point. The sill will slow down waves that have been pulling soil away from the marsh.  As those waves slow, they will drop sediment suspended in the water,  building the marsh back up.  The oyster sill will also be habitat for new oysters to grow on and hopefully provide shelter for many other small sound inhabitants.

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