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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

ISG+ Final Report: What we learned at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

This guest post by Teresa Mealy of Oregon Coast Aquarium is the final update on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, which put teens in the driver’s seat of a peer-targeted conservation campaign! Thank you and congrats to Teresa, Kerry Carlin-Morgan, and everyone at the Aquarium for your great work. Letting youth lead the way  The […]

Seas the Day in March – Green Transportation Choices

”Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” -Steven Wright “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” -H. G. Wells “Life is a journey, not a destination.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson This month let’s focus on the journey and not the destination. […]

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 […]

ISG+ New Project: Teens at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden take action “all the way to the ocean”

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 first 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. Teen S.O.S. The Riverbanks Zoo and […]

ISG+ Final Report: What we learned at the New England Aquarium

This guest post by Heather Deschenes of New England Aquarium, the final in a 3-part series on the aquarium’s Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, is a look at what the aquarium learned from their efforts. Thank you to Heather and everyone who helped at the aquarium for your hard work! The Ocean Project’s Innovative Solutions grant enabled […]

Seas the Day in February – Community Connections

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead “So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson Seas the days of February […]

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 […]