The Sea, Sand and Stars Interactive Learning Center at Orange Beach Elementary School which is normally only open only to school groups will be open to the public this summer! The facility features a 5,800 gallon saltwater aquarium with a large variety of local fish, including redfish, speckled trout and cobia. It also features "touch tanks" so visitors can touch and hold certain marine life.
There is also a 38-seat planetarium with a projector that employs technology used in the best planetariums across the world. The facility is equipped to tap into the Hubble Space Telescope and allows visitors a real-time look through this window into space. There will also be special IMAX movies shown in the planetarium. One is on the Enchanted Reef and another one called Sea Monsters.
There will also be speakers with be live birds, snakes and other wildlife who will cover interesting topics each day. Those who attend can learn about the Raptor Road Show, boating safety, bald eagles, sea turtles, artificial reefs and Tim Reno of Reno's Reptiles.
The facility will be open June 10 through June 14 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Admission is free, but children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The program was made possible through ahe BP grant facilitated by the Coastal Baldwin Educational Enrichment Foundation.
If you would like more information about The Sea, Sand and Stars Interactive Learning Center, visit www.orangebeachelementary.com and click on Sea, Sand and Stars.
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