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511 N Main Street

Hendersonville, NC 28792
Tel/Fax: 828-692-8386


Welcome to Team ECCO

     Team ECCO started in my kitchen in 2001 fueled by a desire to do more for the children and adults in our community who had not experienced the blue ocean.   I gathered 45 children and 8 adult chaperones and traveled to Florida to encounter endangered manatees.  In 2015, our Aquarium welcomed more than 7,000 visitors and provided programs to over 3,700 students and adults.  
     Today, we house 24 exhibits where visitors can view and learn about turtles, tortoises, lizards, and geckos.   They can also observe dozens of species of tropical coral reef fish and invertebrates.  Our on going shark study gives you the opportunity to witness shark embryos developing in eggs.  Charlotte, the Aquarium sting ray, is always eager to meet new faces. 
     All of our animals are hand fed and imprinted via operant conditioning.  They are housed and cared for with love and respect by a team of student volunteers and interns who work diligently to provide the best life possible for all. 
     The Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium is a 501 c 3 and is maintained and run without any full time paid staff, through the great hearts of our student volunteers and volunteer staff as a service to this community for education and enjoyment.  We thank you for your support.






  Dates to Know...

July 30
Aquarium to close at 3 pm to allow divers and interns to travel to Charlotte and ready to depart for Biosphere2!
The Aquarium will be open regular hours Aug 3-6.    From 1-5 pm
  July 31- Aug. 6
Team ECCO Divers and interns travel to Phoenix, AZ to spend a week at the Biosphere 2 science facility.   While there, we will do a service project to help rector the 72,000 gallon ocean exhibit, numerous display tanks, mangrove study, and more.   Our Team will work under direction from the University of Arizona.   Follow our week on FaceBook 




The mission of Team ECCO: To promote scientific discovery
through interactive learning encounters that develop
understanding and respect for water based ecosystems.
This mission is to foster stewardship, develop leadership,
and build friendship - life skills for a living world.


Team ECCO is a Team for Educating Children to Care for the Ocean

Michael Ramer, shark training with Cristina Zenato, UnExSo, Grand Bahama Island

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