• Americans Are Heartwired to Love the Ocean

    In a deeply divided country, here’s how advocates can put that to work to protect the ocean for future generations By Robert Pérez & Amy Simon   “The ocean does something to your spirit,” an African-American woman from Charlotte, North Carolina volunteered during a focus group. “You are stressed out when you are driving. You […]

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  • World Oceans Day 2017 Annual Report

    Thanks to your participation, and that of hundreds of organizations, schools, businesses, and governments, World Oceans Day reached new heights for global ocean awareness and involvement. With 1,000+ events in 100+ countries and a huge social media presence, this annual celebration of our shared ocean continues expanding in many exciting ways, creating more impact around […]

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  • Pilot project shows that engaging visitors in conservation efforts can inspire commitments and enhance experience!

    During the week surrounding World Oceans Day, 12 zoos, aquariums and museums (ZAMs) participated in a pilot project that had them asking their visitors about helping to address the problem of plastic pollution in our ocean. The response from visitors to the initial ask was positive, generating more than 1,300 (and counting!) commitments. But it […]

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  • The World Unites On June 8 For World Oceans Day

    World Oceans Day 2017 will be the biggest and best yet! For 2017, hundreds of celebrations are planned in over 100 countries – from the United Nations Oceans Conference being centered around World Oceans Day in New York, to the Bahria University in Pakistan holding events across their campus, to the Council of the Haida Nation and Gwaii Haanas […]

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  • Get Ready for World Oceans Day 2017!

    The Ocean Project promotes and coordinates World Oceans Day as a unique opportunity to celebrate our ocean and its life, and engage people in positive and empowering ways. The theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” with a conservation action focus on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter […]

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  • Youth Taking the Lead for Conservation Action

    Teens with Bags: The ZooALIVE teen volunteers from the Saint Louis Zoo pose with their #byetobags reusable bags! They are ready to go and spread the reusable bag message! In the summer of 2016, Phillipe Cousteau, grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, recognized youth as “the hope for our oceans.” Across the globe, there is […]

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  • Youth Making Waves for Ocean Conservation

    2016 brought a variety of challenges and triumphs for our oceans. While the world faced the hottest year on record and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffered from its largest coral bleaching event, we were still able to celebrate the establishment of the largest marine protected areas on earth in Hawaii and Antarctica, and cities and […]

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  • ISG+ Final Report: Philadelphia Zoo visitors say an overwhelming yes to “Saving Energy to Save Wildlife!”

    After almost a year of testing and active recruitment for our study, we’ve been learning a lot about how to engage visitors on the issue of Saving Energy to Save Wildlife! We have been humbled by our visitor’s trust in us and wowed by their willingness to pledge to reduce their household energy use. Last […]

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  • Advice from the Innovators:  A summary of lessons learned in public engagement from year three of the Innovative Solutions Grants + Program (ISG+)

    Our grantees from year three have completed their projects and submitted their final reports, which are filled with tips and lessons for other aquariums and zoos that share their interest in engaging visitors and advancing conservation.  Many thanks to NOAA for making these grants possible. Per your request, we’ve compiled this summary of the top […]

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  • The Trump Administration: The Opportunity for Aquariums and Zoos

    The optimist in me always looks for new opportunities that are presented with the changes that come after an election – and that is no different following the election of Donald Trump. Based on comments made before and after the election, I expect a rancorous debate between industry and conservative think tanks, and environmental groups […]

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