The S.C. Aquarium has scheduled programs and events. Call 577-FISH (3474) or visit

Extended Summer Hours: Through Aug. 31. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sustainable Seafood Initiative Dinner: 6-10 p.m. April 22 at Sea Island Grill at Wild Dunes. Join the aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative and the Sea Island Grill at Wild Dunes, a sustainable restaurant partner, for a dinner featuring sustainable seafood. Ten percent of the proceeds from the dinner will benefit the aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call Wild Dunes at 886-2214.

S.C. Aquarium Gala: An Evening in Madagascar: 6-11 p.m. April 28. An event dedicated to conservation that will highlight the importance of maintaining biodiversity in South Carolina, and in places such as Madagascar, as well as worldwide. The evening will allow guests to feel they have traveled to the island and back in one night with themed cocktails, seated dinner, an Environmental Stewardship Awards presentation, theatrical performances, and an After Affair inside the aquarium. The gala is black-tie. Call 579-8541 or visit

Madagascar Journey Grand Opening: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 5. Starting this spring, the aquarium will give guests the opportunity to embark on their own Madagascar Journey. Visitors will travel through the planet’s richest landscape, exploring Madagascar’s sundry environment, wild species, vibrant flora and natural secrets. Guests of all ages will come face to face with lemurs, chameleons and some of the world’s most colorful fish.

Madagascar Lecture: 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 8. Join the aquarium for a first-hand discussion about the rich biodiversity of the world’s fourth largest island, Madagascar. Learn about the challenges of this developing country, sample traditional fare, and get a chance to explore the new Madagascar Journey exhibit without the daytime crowds. To reserve a space, call 577-3474.

Mother’s Day at the Aquarium: Presented by Moms in the Know. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 13. All mothers are invited to join Moms in the Know and the aquarium. Mothers enjoy complimentary admission with a paying guest or child. Mothers will be recognized during daily programs, including the popular interactive dive shows. Offer valid only on May 13.

World Turtle Day Celebration: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 20. Celebrate this special day for turtles at the aquarium. Take one of the four tours of the Sea Turtle Hospital. Tour tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids in addition to ticket cost.

World Oceans Day: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. June 8. Explore the aquatic exhibits of the aquarium, inclu- ding the Great Ocean Tank. Holding more than 385,000 gallons of water, watch as sharks, amberjacks, a loggerhead sea turtle and more swim around in an ocean home. Learn more about our oceans, ocean diversity and ecology during daily dive shows.