Noth Carolina Estuarium
"Oh, The Sounds You'll See!"

223 E. Water Street
Washington, NC 27889

252-948-0000

The North Carolina Estuarium celebrates our sounds and coastal rivers with a unique mix of art and science. Exhibits, aquariums, and artworks help you explore the fascinating nature and culture of North Carolina's historic Inner Banks.

Location

Location

223 E. Water St., Washington, NC.
Partnership for the Sounds

Partnership for the Sounds

Formed in 1993, the Partnership for the Sounds is a network of environmental education centers located on North Carolina's ecologically rich Albermarle-Pamlico Peninsula. Each of these centers explores a different aspect of this region's remarkable natural heritage and maritime history.

The Partnership's main office is located in Columbia, NC, and may be reached by calling (252) 796-1000, or by email at pfsounds@embarqmail.com.

And visit us at each of these unique facilities:

 

North Carolina Estuarium, Washington

(252) 948-0000    estuarium@embarqmail.com

 

Roanoke/Cashie River, Windsor

(252) 794-2001    roanoke_cashierc@embarqmail.com

 

Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center, Columbia

(252) 766-0200    ctcrcenter@embarqmail.com

 

Tyrrell County Visitor's Center, Columbia

(252) 796-0723

Events, Programs, and Announcements

Events, Programs, and Announcements

UPCOMING EVENTS AT PFS FACILITIES

Mistletoe River Roving registration now open! Enjoy exploring for real mistletoe along the Pamlico-Tar on our River Rover. Trips are Dec. 10, 11, and 12 at 10:30am and 1:30pm each day (6 trips total, weather permitting). Call 252-948-0000 to reserve your seat.

Sat., Nov. 22 -- Windsor Super Farmers Market Annual Food and Craft Fair -- 9am-1pm -- Roanoke/Cashie River Center -- Find field-fresh fall produce, delicious pastries and breads, salsas, jams, locally-made sausages, plus handmade ornaments, jewelry, pens, artwork, and more great holiday gift items! A super spot to get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Call (252) 794-2001 for more information, or visit Facebook at Roanoke Cashie River Center.

Sat., Nov. 22 -- “Tellabration” -- NC Estuarium -- 1-2pm -- A Feast of Stories by the Inner Banks Story Tellers Group- Join the fun with stories, puppets and music.  Stories are suitable for families and school age children. $3.00 program fee. Call 252-948-0000 to register.

Sat., Dec. 6 -- Mistletoe River Rambling -- Roanoke/Cashie River Center -- 10:30am -- Hunt for natural mistletoe along the Cashie River and learn about this longtime holiday tradition on the RCRC pontoon boat. No charge but donations are appreciated. Seating is limited and pre-registration required -- call (252) 794-2001 for your reservation.

Sat., Dec. 13  -- “Childrens' Christmas Card Making” -- 10am-12pm -- Roanoke/Cashie River Center -- Bring the children to the River Center for a fun "make-your-own"  Christmas card program. There will be many different styles and figures they can use along with their own creativity to assemble a special card that will be treasured for years to come. This program is free but pre-registration is required. For more information and to sign up please call the RCRC at 252-794-2001. The program is free but donations are appreciated.

November/December Artist of the Month, Estuarium  -- "Day and Night in Eastern North Carolina" - Guy Livesay -- Award-winning photographer Guy Livesay of Martin County captures the wonders and beauty of nature, from a raging sea to mirror like waters, from a gorgeous sunrise to the stars at midnight. Come see some of his beautiful pictures on display from November through December. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Carolina Estuarium

North Carolina Estuarium

REGULAR HOURS - 10am - 4pm,  Tue-Sat

 Adults - $5.00   Children (5-17) - $2.00

Children under 4 - FREE

(252) 948-0000    estuarium@embarqmail.com

 

What is the Estuarium?

The Estuarium describes North Carolina's estuaries and how they have shaped the history and culture of this region. When we opened in 1998, we were the first "Estuarium" in the world.

Estuaries form where rivers meet the sea, blending fresh and salt waters into thriving ecosystems that are essential nurseries for thousands of species of fish and shellfish -- including over 90% of those we eat as seafood. North Carolina has more estuarine waters than any other state except Louisiana, and the Albermarle-Pamlico Sounds of northeastern NC form the second largest individual estuary in the US.

 

Schools and Groups

The Estuarium welcomes visits from schools and other groups. We can tailor our programs to meet your curriculum goals. To schedule a visit or get more information, call 252-948-0000 between 9am and 4pm.

PROGRAMS

Blue Crabs     Reptiles

Hurricanes    Wetlands

Climate Change

Banjo Nature Songs (for PreK-1)

and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roanoke/Cashie River Center

Roanoke/Cashie River Center

REGULAR HOURS - Tue-Fri, 10-4

Admission free. Donation of $2 per adult and $1 per child appreciated!

Group programs $2 per student/person

(252) 794-2001    roanoke_cashierc@embarqmail.com

 

What is the RCRC?

The Roanoke/Cashie River Center in Windsor explores the natural history and cultural heritage of the lower Roanoke River region.

The RCRC has exhibits about wildlife, migratory songbirds, and traditional fisheries like river herring and shad. Also explore our display about the Battle of Windsor -- one of few actual clashes between Union and Confederate troops in eastern NC during the latter years of the Civil War.

Call (252) 794-2001, or email roanoke_cashierc@embarqmail.com.

Check out our page on Facebook at Roanoke Cashie River Center.

Roanoke/Cashie FB Wall

Roanoke/Cashie FB Wall

Columbia Theater

Columbia Theater

THE COLUMBIA THEATER WILL REOPEN MARCH 27!

 

REGULAR HOURS - Wed-Fri, 12-5

(252) 766-0200    ctcrcenter@embarqmail.com

 

What is the Columbia Theater?

The Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center in Columbia, NC, explores man's close relationship with the natural resources of the southern Albemarle region. Housed in the historic Columbia Theater, this museum takes a special look at how fishing, farming, and forestry have affected the lives of families here for uncounted generations.

The CTCRC also remembers its past as a grand movie palace from the 1930s through the 1960s with regular screenings of old Hollywood classics and many newer films as well. The popcorn is waiting!

Located at 304 Main St. in Columbia.

Call (252) 766-0200 for more information.

 

 

PfS River Boat Tours

PfS River Boat Tours

Each PfS facility offers river boat tours from April through October.

 

Vineyard Voyages on the Scuppernong -- Columbia Theater/Tyrrell County Visitor's Center (Columbia) -- Enjoy this popular boat trip from the dock in Columbia to the nearby Vineyards on the Scuppernong where you will tour the vineyards and wine-making facilities of this award-winning local winery. Trips take place each Thursday at 11am beginning on July 10. The tour lasts around an hour, then you will return to Columbia where you can taste and purchase wines at the Vineyards shop downtown. Reservations required. Call the TCVC at (252) 796-0723 to register,

River Roving -- NC Estuarium (Washington) --  Enjoy the natural beauty and waterfront heritage of the Washington area. Trips at 10:30am and 1:30 pm, Wednesdays-Fridays. One trip on Saturdays at 10:30am. Reservations required; seating limited to 10 passengers per trip. Free, but donations appreciated. Passengers must be at least 6 years old. Call 252-948-0000 for reservations.

River Rambling -- Roanoke/Cashie River Center (Windsor) -- Melt into the tranquility of the forest-shrouded Cashie. One trip each Saturday at 10:30am. Reservations required; seating limited to 10 passengers per trip. Free, but donations appreciated. Passengers must be at least 6 years old. Call 252-794-2001 for reservation.

River Roaming -- Columbia Theater (Columbia)-- Cruise down one of North Carolina's most unspoiled waterways looking for osprey and other wildlife. One trip each Friday at 10:30am. Reservations required; seating limited to 10 passengers per trip. Free, but donations appreciated. Passengers must be at least 6 years old. Call 252-796-0723 for reservations.

 

 

PfS Gift Shops

PfS Gift Shops

Each PfS facility has a gift shop filled with great selections of coastal-themed decor, books on regional wildlife & history, children's books and toys, t-shirts, and more. Plus we carry famous Powell and Stokes Bertie County peanuts and other "Goodness Grows in NC" favorites.

CRAB POT GIFT SHOP - ESTUARIUM (252-948-0000)

FRONT PORCH GIFT SHOP - TYRRELL CO. VISITOR'S CENTER (252-796-0723)

BOX OFFICE GIFT SHOP - COLUMBIA THEATER (252-796-0723)

BEEHIVE GIFT SHOP - RCRC (252-794-2001)

Rent the Estuarium

Rent the Estuarium

The Estuarium can be rented for receptions, parties, and meetings. Enjoy our waterfront location along the beautiful Pamlico River in historic Little Washington.

Call 252-948-0000 for reservations.

Membership

Membership

Memberships support the Partnership and each of our facilities. Enjoy free admission and gift shop discounts at all Partnership facilities for a year.

Call 252-948-0000 or 252-796-1000 for more information.

Or email us at pfsounds@embarqmail.com.

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