Dare Education Foundation award to further N.C. Aquarium virtual classrooms

(Left to Right) DEF Executive Director Barbara Davidson, NCARI Outreach Coordinator Rhana Paris, Sherry Thorp, DEF Board of Directors, Programming Committee Chair. [photo courtesy N.C. Aquarium]

A $1,000 grant award from the Dare Education Foundation will allow the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island to provide virtual programs to Dare County students.  

“Bringing the Aquarium to the Classroom through Virtual Programming” provides opportunities for Dare County students to participate in a virtual lesson from the Aquarium. The grant will fund 10 such lessons for K through 8th graders. 


“We are so pleased to receive this award,” said Rhana Paris, the Aquarium’s Outreach Coordinator. “As we continue to highlight our ability to share education through remote and virtual learning, this funding will open new opportunities to bring the amazing world of the Aquarium to new eyes and ears.” 


The Dare Education Foundation was established in 2002 by a group of committed community organizers, and has grown into a significant organization that supports the students, teachers, and schools in Dare County by funding innovative learning opportunities. DEF works together with Dare County Schools to provide grants to schools and classrooms, funding for teacher professional development, college scholarships, and affordable teacher housing.  


The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is dedicated to the mission of “Inspiring appreciation and conservation of our aquatic environments.” The aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Pre-reserved tickets and cloth face coverings are required. Info at ncaquariums.com/roanoke-island.