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Conservation classes offered at Aquarium of Niagara

NIAGARA FALLS – New education and conservation classes for every age group will be offered in the spring and summer at the Aquarium of Niagara.

Education Curator Sarah Courtney said since December the aquarium has added 15 classes and seminars to its roster.

“Conservation is a vital part of what we do here at the aquarium,” Courtney said.

Courtney, a former school teacher, said the challenge is to make the experience both informative and fun. A lot of hands-on learning is part of the classes, she said.

Here is the schedule:

• Friday, 4 to 5 p.m., “Live Green, Protect Blue,” a class about conservation geared towards 6- to 12-year-olds; cost is $5 per person, free for members.

• May 9, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., “Mothers and Babies in the Wild,” for 5- to 12-year-olds; cost is $5, free for members.

• June 15 and every Wednesday through the end of August, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., feed the animals in the touch tank; cost is $5, free for members.

• June 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., junior vet class, for kids 12 to 16; $20 per person for nonmembers and $5 for members.

• July 29, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., “Sharks in Depth,” for all ages, $5 per person for nonmembers and free for members.

• Aug. 22 to 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, “Aquatic All-Star Camp,” for children ages 8 to 12, $225 for nonmembers and $210 for members.

To sign up, call the guest services desk at 285-3575 or contact Ilene Strober at 285-3575, Ext. 203 or