Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO

The Aquarium That

Inspires

Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO

Our Connection With Ocean Education

Our Mission

The Aquarium & Shark Lab is focused on education, enrichment, and exploration of the ocean world.

Science, history, math, and culture are integrated into our exhibits and programs. Like the tide, we are in a continuous motion saying "Why not" and "What if" as our students and interns research ideas, document, and defy existing standards.

Did you know that...
The Aquarium & Shark Lab by TeamECCO:

  • The first inland aquarium in NC

  • Member of: American Elasmobranch Society; NC Science Network; Marine Educators; American Meteorological Society; past Chair for Career & Technical Education Advisory Board HCPS; NC Environmental Education Site; Fish Education Site for REEF;

  • Networks with the GA Aquarium, River Banks Zoo, the FL State Aquarium, the Key West Aquarium, and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

  • Has done service work and training at the Biosphere2 in AZ.

  • Houses the only immersive marine science intern program for college and high school students in WNC

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Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO

What People Are saying... Testimonials

"Took my ten year old granddaughter one rainy afternoon. We so enjoyed the friendly staff eager to answer questions and share information! Would recommend this for anyone interested in having a wonderful up close view of the fish!"

"There are lots of aquariums, touch pool, and people to help in this Main Street store front aquarium. Every time I have families with children visit this is a place I take them, and have never been disappointed."

"Loved this place. Very friendly staff of volunteers. Clear rules and lots of touching for young minds. Kids can spend an hour in here if they are the curious sort."

Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO

Educational Program Requests

Use this link to inquire about scheduling a private class or program for your school, group, or facility.

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*a 501c3 non-profit organization

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