• Severe Weather Alert for This Week:

    The Internet Will be Flooded with Virtual Sharks Shark Week is about to take the internet by storm – a Sharknado-sized flood of social media focusing on sharks is set to hit this week! This is a great chance to reach out on social media about why sharks aren’t just an amazing spectacle – they’re […]

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  • Application now available for Innovative Solutions Grants+ Program

    The application form for the next round of the Innovative Solutions Grants+ Program is now available; check out the RFP page for details and to download the application. The Grants+ opportunity is limited this year to US-based zoos and aquariums only. The deadline to submit your proposal is September 5, 2014. Click here to view […]

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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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  • Communications medley: costs of climate change and the power of storytelling

    In this week’s round up: Talking to businesses about the economic impacts of climate change, and the importance of being a good story teller. If you’re a science communicator or educator at an informal science center (such as a zoo, aquarium, or museum) trying to understand the perspectives of your audience and find ways to promote […]

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  • Environmental communications lessons: always relevant

    This is a guest post by Deb Kerr who has worked with The Ocean Project as consultant on youth engagement. Most of my talks lately have begun with a “Family Feud”-style question with an environmental twist. Relying on excellent research from The Ocean Project (TOP), I pose this question to the audience: “Americans said, ‘I […]

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  • Seas the Day in June – Explore the Outdoors

    “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -André Gide “Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien We live on a planet that’s mostly covered by an ocean, let’s explore it! The warm month of June is a perfect time to go outside and have […]

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  • World Oceans Day Updates

    Click here to download the World Oceans Day 2014 Press Release. On June 8th 2014, people in communities around the globe will celebrate this year’s World Oceans Day with the theme of “Together we have the power to protect the ocean.” Hundreds of events are planned to help people get involved in solutions for a […]

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  • Zoos and aquariums: Preparing for renewed interest in climate issues

    Today, President Obama is expected to use his executive authority to enact an ambitious plan to reduce climate pollution by cutting emissions from coal power plants by as much as 20 percent. According to The New York Times, the plan will “set a national limit on carbon pollution from coal plants (and) allow each state to […]

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  • Positive Attitudes but Limited Knowledge Lead Discovery Place to Offer an Ocean Literacy Teacher Workshop

    This is a guest post by Gail Lemiec, Coordinator at Charlotte Nature Museum There are many threats facing our ocean, from rising temperatures and acidification to overfishing and marine debris.  Despite its vastness, the ocean is affected by people and our choices. We often hear about our ability to negatively affect the ocean with our […]

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  • RFP coming in June for innovative ideas from aquariums and zoos!

    With thanks to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for helping us establish our Innovative Solutions Grants+ program, a second round of funding will provide $100,000 for AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos that are based in the US. (We are trying to raise funding to expand this opportunity to all our partner zoos, aquariums, and museums […]

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