Cape Hatteras Elementary School (CHES) third graders arrived at the Aquarium on Roanoke Island full of excitement and well prepared. These students can walk to the beach from their school and hear the ocean…so sea life and the turtles are on their door step. Following a briefing in the auditorium the classes, one at a time, proceeded to the STAR (Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation)┬áCenter.

There were 11 turtles in STAR that day so they saw the three most common sea turtle species on the Outer Banks. Louise gave them a full briefing and answered many questions. The teachers and sea turtle curriculum lessons had really prepared the students…producing a rigorous yet fun learning experience.

N.E.S.T. volunteer Louise V gives a turtle talk!

The students then went into the hands-on sea turtle hospital and their visit with Finn, a long term STAR resident. Princess Finn was swimming, flipping and putting on a “show.” The students loved her!!

Young turtle doctors do their magic

The third graders from CHES were well-behaved, enthusiastic and very interested… we can add them to our growing Dare County student supporters.