10 ways your zoo or aquarium can reduce plastic use

There is growing public awareness about the troubling accumulation of plastics in the environment, particularly in the oceans. Luckily, we are in a unique position to turn the tides on plastic use and disposal. Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited institutions are trusted conservation organizations with millions of visitors annually. We can lead by example […]

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 […]

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: NEAq ClimaTEENS creating a city-wide dialog for youth in Boston

This guest post by Heather Deschenes of New England Aquarium is the first in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, which investigates how teen ambassadors can make a difference for their city’s green future. With support from The Ocean Project’s Innovative Solutions Grants and  Program, ClimaTEENS is a gathering of 15-18 year-olds that […]

Young women are Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Ocean Guardians”

In part 3 of our blog series on past Small Grants projects at zoos and aquariums, Dolores Toledo of Monterey Bay Aquarium shares what they’ve learned about helping young women from diverse backgrounds become confident, science-capable, and personally active in conservation.   Background Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Young Women in Science (YWS) program began in 1999. […]

Seas the Day January- Resolve to do Great

The Seas the Day initiative encourages and empowers people to take ocean conservation personally. Each month, we feature a new conservation theme with ways to help so come back regularly for more ocean-friendly ideas and tips! Created mainly to support our partner ZAMs (Zoos, Aquariums, and Museums and other visitor-serving organizations involved in our growing network) in their efforts […]

Aquarium of the Bay: reframing climate change for action

In part 2 of our blog series on past Small Grants projects at zoos and aquariums, Quinn White of Aquarium of the Bay shares what they’ve learned about making climate change personal, and asking visitors to take action.   Background and summary of project Aquarium of the Bay strives to improve the future of San […]

Insights from Brevard Zoo’s youth-led environmental summit

In part 1 of our blog series on past Small Grants projects at zoos and aquariums, Meg Lieth, Children’s Play and Zoo Teen Coordinator at Brevard Zoo , shares lessons for staff and teens learned from Brevard Zoo’s youth-led environmental summit. Click here to see their tips.   On Saturday July 20, 2013, the Zoo Teen […]