Team ECCO began, in 2001, to bring the ocean to the children of western NC by taking 40 kids and 10 adults on a voyage to discover manatees. In 2005 Team ECCO registers as a 501 c 3 and provides outreach to schools and ocean based travel adventures. Then, 2009, opens our first classroom and public tanks. The current Center & Aquarium took form in 2011. Team ECCO greets over 7,000 visitors and provides programs and classes for over 3,500 people annually. Where have you been? We have been waiting for you!
We have: been recognised as the first inland aquarium in NC; building a working relationship with the FL and GA State Aquariums; assisting in the redesign tof he salt infusion system for Biossphere2 in AZ; listed as a Field Station for fish education for REEF and as a NC Environmental Education Site; or serving as home to dozens of marine and reptile species... Actually it is giving young learners and budding scientists the chance to explore their dreams!
Our Aquarium and Center are totally focused on education and enrichment.
We integrate science, history, math, and cuture into our immersive exhibits and education programs. Like the tide, we are in continuous motion saying "Why not" and "what if" as our students and interns research ideas, document behaviors, and defy enhisting standards.
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The Team ECCO Aquarium is currently installing a 2,000 gallon shark research and exhibit tank. This means our fish are on hiatus until all renovations and installations are complete. Our target re-open date is Feb. 2018.
511 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792, US