ISG+ New Project: Florida Aquarium investigates a co-designed ‘ask’ for engagement

This guest post, by VP of Education Debbi Stone at Florida Aquarium is the first in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project. The Aquarium’s project asks “Can we gain valuable insights about how to engage an underrepresented audience by working together to design the approach?” The Ask As a mission-based institution committed […]

ISG+ New Project: Teens at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden take action “all the way to the ocean”

This guest post, by Director of Education Elizabeth Clemens and Coordinator of ZooTeens and Scout Programs Syndi Castelluccio, from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is the first in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, which investigates how engaging with teens and receiving incentives can impact zoo guest behavior. Teen S.O.S. The Riverbanks Zoo and […]

ISG+ Final Report: What we learned at the New England Aquarium

This guest post by Heather Deschenes of New England Aquarium, the final in a 3-part series on the aquarium’s Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, is a look at what the aquarium learned from their efforts. Thank you to Heather and everyone who helped at the aquarium for your hard work! The Ocean Project’s Innovative Solutions grant enabled […]

Seas the Day in February – Community Connections

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead “So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson Seas the days of February […]

New 2015 research reveals an ocean of opportunities

This is a guest post by Jim Hekkers of Monterey Bay Aquarium and Kathy Sher of National Aquarium Collectively, the two of us have been working in the aquarium world for over 50 years and have watched aquariums work to raise awareness regarding the threats facing our ocean. While we wish we could say that […]

ISG+ New Project: Philadelphia Zoo asks, “Can an exhibit change visitor behavior at home?”

This guest post by Wei Ying Wong of Philadelphia Zoo is the first in a 3-part series on Philadelphia Zoo’s Innovative Solutions Grants+ project. They’re exploring a new way of evaluating long-term conservation behavior change, specifically home energy use, in visitors to the zoo’s KidZooU exhibit. As a conservation institution, the Philadelphia Zoo is committed […]

ISG+ Final Report: What we learned at the NC Aquariums

This guest post by Windy Arey-Kent of NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is the final in a 3-part series on NC Aquariums’ Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, aimed at testing different approaches to engaging guests for conservation action at aquariums. This blog post is a look at what NC Aquariums learned as a result of […]

Seas the Day in January – Get Inspired

“The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.” – Blaise Pascal “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea” -e.e. cummings With a new year beginning it’s a perfect time to get inspired by something. The […]