Museum of Coastal Carolina September Programs
Bring the family for entertaining scientific education on September 11, 14, 18 and 25.
Museum of Coastal Carolina has a fantastic lineup of events in September.
Saturday, September 11, 11 am
This family friendly program uses different science demonstrations and activities to explore the characteristics of water such as capillary action, surface tension and cohesion. Participants will complete different challenges to learn all about the properties of water.
Water Olympics is hosted by Jamie Justice, the education coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.
Justice received her BS in Marine Biology from Bowling Green State University and her MS in Environmental Science with concentrations in Marine and Coastal Education and Coastal Management from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, and moved to Wilmington, North Carolina for graduate school in 2017. Before coming to the museum, she worked in a variety of educational positions at summer camps and schools.
Carolina Bays: Easily Seen, Not Easily Understood
Tuesday, September 14, 6 pm
Modern technology provides us with many opportunities to explore the natural history of our surroundings. Satellite images of the East Coast from New Jersey to Georgia clearly show circular or elliptical areas in undeveloped land. The coastal areas of North Carolina and South Carolina have perhaps the highest density of these areas – the Carolina Bays. In this program, Ed Ovsenik will explain how to spot them and what is known about them, as well as the leading hypotheses regarding their formation. Perhaps you live on what was once a Carolina Bay.
Ovsenik received a BA in Biology, worked towards an MS in Marine Botany and has a Juris Doctorate in Law. His career was centered on Environmental, Health and Safety compliance in government and industry, including technology driven companies in the chemical and computer software sectors. He currently advises clients on Governance, Risk and Compliance issues impacting their for-profit and nonprofit organizations. During his career, he worked closely with students on technical and scientific matters. His current interests include researching the genesis of Carolina Bays, photographing the Green Swamp ecosystem and researching the timber and lumber industry of the Green Swamp and the marine stores industry in Brunswick County during the 18th and 19th centuries.
We All Live in a Watershed
Saturday, September 18, 11 am
What is a watershed? It’s an area of land where rainfall runoff collects and drains to a common point, such as a river, stream, lake, and – eventually – the ocean. Do you ever wonder where that litter you saw by the side of the road goes when it rains? Marybeth Watkins and Elliot Swain will show you by using their Coastal Enviroscape, a watershed model. Individuals interact with the Coastal Enviroscape by using different colored sprinkles to illustrate different pollutants (soil, oil, fertilizer, litter, pesticides, etc.). Once pollutants are identified, rainfall is simulated. The model helps illustrate what happens to pollutants in our watersheds and how they affect our water quality.
Watkins is the Educational Coordinator at Brunswick Soil and Water Conservation District. She started with the district in 2016 and enjoys teaching individuals about the importance of conserving our natural resources.
Swain is the Director at Brunswick Soil and Water Conservation District. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies. He worked with environmental consulting firms for several years as an Environmental Technician and Staff Scientist before deciding to return to his passion for agriculture and conservation. He operates a row-crop farm with his father, growing corn, soybeans and small grain.
Incredible Inflating Fish
Saturday, September 25, 11 am
Learn about one of the most popular fish species in this family-friendly program. The museum has two species of pufferfish in its aquariums: burrfish and balloonfish. Ever wonder how pufferfish inflate or who their natural predators are? This program explores fun facts about pufferfish with a focus on the ones in the museum’s aquariums and includes a fun pufferfish craft for kids. This program is presented by Jamie Justice, the education coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.
Want to go?
Museum of Coastal Carolina
21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach
Admission is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3 to 12), and free for age 2 and younger. For more information, call or visit