• Visitor engagement opportunity: new CA microbead ban

    [caption id="attachment_8019" align="alignright" width="190"] Microbeads cause problems in the ocean – and even end up in our seafood.[/caption] 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 […]

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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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  • ISG+ Update: Teens at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden get their hands dirty

    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 second 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. The Adventure Continues As reported in […]

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  • ISG+ Update: Seattle youth CAN engage their peers on transportation

    This guest post by Eli Weiss of Woodland Park Zoo is the second 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. Woodland Park Zoo, along with our partners the Seattle Aquarium and Pacific Science […]

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  • ISG+ Update: A Collaborative Approach to Community Engagement at the Florida Aquarium

    This guest post, by VP of Education Debbi Stone at Florida Aquarium, is the second 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?” Click here to read the previous post […]

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  • Seas the Day in July – Eating for a Better World

    “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” -Oscar Wilde “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” -J.R.R. Tolkin “Seas” the days of July by thinking about what you eat. Your well-traveled food comes from all over the world, […]

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  • Seas the Day in June – Explore the Outdoors!

    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) […]

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  • Seas the Day in May – Green Gardening

    “However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow’.” ―Frances Hodgson Burnett “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” ―Claude Monet Gardeners often end up with dirt underneath their fingernails and grass stained pants. They also create spaces of awe-inspiring beauty and […]

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  • Seas the Day in April – Clean Green

    “What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” -Henry David Thoreau “We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.” -Barbara Ward As the weather warms up it may be time for spring cleaning. […]

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  • Research: Our green practices can inspire guests to make change

    For zoos, aquariums, and other informal science education centers, the message should be “Don’t do as I say, do as I do!” Read the full article from Douglas Meyer in AZA’s Connect magazine. If you want to help your guests be more environmentally-friendly, you can start by telling them what your institution is doing. It […]

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