• ISG+ New Project: Zoo ALIVE Teen Volunteers at the Saint Louis Zoo say #ByetoBags … and ask that you do too!

    This guest post is submitted by Kirinne Slaughter at the Saint Louis Zoo, and is the first in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project. Building on the Better Bag Challenge Zoo ALIVE teen volunteer For more than a decade, the Zoo ALIVE (Active Leaders In Volunteer Education) Teen Volunteers at the Saint Louis Zoo […]

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  • ISG+ New Project: Connecting Ocean Conservation and Community Engagement at the National Aquarium

    This guest post, by Gabrielle Roffe and Curtis Bennett of the National Aquarium’s Conservation Department is the first in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project. This project will be addressing the issue of marine debris by implementing a new approach to community engagement, with a specific focus on building our connection with the Hispanic communities near […]

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  • Pre-order your reusable bags for World Oceans Day 2016!

    Better Bag Challenge Opportunity Act now to receive reusable bags for World Oceans Day 2016! We have a special opportunity for our partners but limited time to take advantage of it! After successfully piloting the Better Bag Challenge at several partner aquariums and zoos last year (see results here) we’re providing partners with a special offer […]

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  • ISG+ Final Report: Survey Says… ZooTeens at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden spur visitors to action!

    This guest post by Director of Education, Elizabeth Clemens, and Coordinator of ZooTeens and Scout Programs, Syndi Castelluccio, of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is their final 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. Sailing Along… The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s ZooTeen volunteers […]

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  • ISG+ Final Report: Seattle Youth CAN works to combat climate change

    This guest post by Eli Weiss of Woodland Park Zoo is the third in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, exploring how teens in the Seattle area can empower each other and their peers for action on climate change. What we have to celebrate As we wrap up our first year with […]

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  • ISG+ Update: Will Philadelphia Zoo guests save energy to save “Nemo”?

    This guest post by Wei Ying Wong of Philadelphia Zoo is the second 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.   Hi!  Welcome to our coral reef exhibit. Are there […]

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  • Zoos and aquariums: Highlighting your mission is good for business

    More evidence from our friends at IMPACTS that doing well by your mission helps you do well at the gate. As those who know me may have heard me say one too many times already, but here it is once more: visitors expect, trust and appreciate when aquariums, zoos, museums and other visitor serving organizations […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Visitor engagement opportunity: new CA microbead ban

    Microbeads cause problems in the ocean – and even end up in our seafood. Great news in ocean conservation: Today the Governor of California signed the toughest bill to date banning microbeads. Our research suggests that news events like this one offer an important, albeit often fleeting opportunity, to connect with guests on ocean issues. We encourage […]

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  • Seas the Day in August – Be Water Wise

    “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not ever man’s greed.” –Gandhi   “Water, water every where And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink.”  -Coleridge  “Seas” the month of August by thinking about your water consumption. Our blue planet is covered in water, but most […]

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