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

Waterfowl and Friends -- Tue,, Aug. 5 -- 1-2pm -- Estuarium -- Come learn about waterfowl around the world from staff of the renowned Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck. A few of the more exotic species from the Park will make the trip, so bring the kids for an entertaining and interesting program. $3 per person. Pre-registration requested -- call (252) 948-0000 to reserve your seat. For adults and children.

A Day with a Beekeeper -- Tue., Aug. 12 -- 1-2pm -- Estuarium -- Find out about the complex life of a beehive and how you can get involved in beekeeping for fun and (maybe a little) profit. It is amazing how much of our food supply depends on these fascinating insects. Pre-registration requested -- call (252) 948-0000 to reserve your seat. For adults and children.

July Artist of the Month, Estuarium  -- Photography by Neil Jernigan -- Though only in his early 20s, Neil Jernigan has the eye and dedication of a much more experienced photographer. He has captured amazing wildlife and nature scenes from the woods, fields, and waterways of this region. Come check out the work of this exceptional young talent. 

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. 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)--  The Estuarium's popular River Roving tours of the Pamlico-Tar River take place Wednesdays-Saturdays. 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 River. 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.

Windsor Super Farmers Market -- Roanoke/Cashie River Center -- The WSFM is held every Saturday from 9-12 at the Farmers Market Pavilion next to the Roanoke/Cashie River Center in Windsor. Check out Windsor Super Market on Facebook to see what will be on sale each week!

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.

 

 

 

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.

Columbia Theater

Columbia Theater

THE COLUMBIA THEATER WILL REOPEN MARCH 27!

 

REGULAR HOURS - Thu-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 of at least $2 per person requested and 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 requested and 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 requested and 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.

Other Locations

Other Locations