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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...

      3/11 - community Celebrate the Sea day!   Was HUGE success with 171 visitors coming to see the newly renovated aquarium and Learning Lab.  
 3/17 & 18 - Paint with turtles!  2-3 pm  We supply the canvas and paint - and the turtles!   A great animal friendly activity for all ages!   Free canvas with paid admission while supplies last
3/22.  Kids Who Write Books!   Have you written a story for made a picture book?   Bring it to share at the Aquarium 330-430pm.  Or come and write a new book!  FREE activity with paid admission Aquarium will supply paper, markers, pencils and live animals!
What are you waiting for?  See you at the sea! 
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Our calendar is currently showing open dates for private programs, classes, and events as "available" up to 9/1/17


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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