Mission Month

During August, we will host fun, educational programs about coastal care and awareness each Monday at 2PM.  

On Saturday, August 24th, join us for a Beach Clean-up from 8 to 10AM at Oceanic on Wrightsville Beach. 


You're invited to

Mission Month!

Monday, August 5th

Beach Box Exploration: Debris or Not Debris? 


Explore the beach in a box! Dig through sand, sort contents into "natural" and "man-made" groups, and learn ways debris harms wildlife.  

Monday, August 12th

Trash Traits


Perform experiments to examine whether or not trash can float, sink, blow around, or wash away and discuss negative effects on the ocean and wildlife.  

Monday, August 19th

Food or Foe? 


Come see how food and trash can be easily mistaken by marine life in a fun snack-based sorting activity.  

Saturday, August 24th

Beach Clean-up


Join us on August 24th for a beach clean-up day at Oceanic on Wrightsville Beach. If you are interested in joining our beach clean-up efforts, please send RSVPs to jgoodwin@playwilmington.org with your name and total number of members in your group. Details to be sent via email.  

Monday, August 26th

How Long 'Til It's Gone?


Learn about the many decomposition rates for different types of marine debris in a fun timeline matching activity.  

Dates & Times



August 5th - 2PM

August 12th - 2PM

August 19th - 2PM

August 24th - 8-10AM

August 26th - 2PM

Anytime/ACM Members:


Weekday Members:


Non-Members: $9.75/person

*Children under 12 months FREE

8/5 Beach Box Exploration: Debris or Not Debris?

8/12 Trash Traits

8/19 Food or Foe?

8/24 Beach Clean-up

8/26 How Long "Til It's Gone? 

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