• ISG+ Update: NC Aquariums on the (green) power of interpretation

    This guest post by Windy Arey-Kent of NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is the second in a 3-part series on NC Aquariums’ Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, aimed at testing different approaches to engaging guests for conservation action at aquariums. This blog post is a mid-way update on the program. The North Carolina Aquariums, with […]

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  • ISG+ New Project: NEAq ClimaTEENS creating a city-wide dialog for youth in Boston

    This guest post by Heather Deschenes of New England Aquarium is the first in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, which investigates how teen ambassadors can make a difference for their city’s green future. With support from The Ocean Project’s Innovative Solutions Grants and  Program, ClimaTEENS is a gathering of 15-18 year-olds that […]

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  • ISG+ New Project: Oregon Coast Aquarium sets out to explore empowering youth for change

    This guest post by Teresa Mealy of Oregon Coast Aquarium is the first in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, exploring the question “How do we fuel behavior changes in teens to decrease their impact on ocean acidification?” Drive, enthusiasm and passion for change; these are three qualities that fuel the teen […]

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  • ISG+ New Project: NC Aquariums prepare a green power(ful) experiment

    This guest post by Windy Arey-Kent of NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is the first in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project, aimed at testing different approaches to engaging guests for conservation action at aquariums. The North Carolina Aquariums are excited to be working with The Ocean Project on their Innovative […]

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  • Visitors respond positively to fisheries engagement pilot project!

    The question: Can we engage the visiting public about science-based fisheries management in a way that raises their awareness, documents their opinions, and enhances their experiences? The answer:  Yes, yes and yes! That is the topline finding from a pilot project completed by The Ocean Project in collaboration with Mystic Aquarium, Seattle Aquarium and the […]

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  • Saving Energy to Save Wildlife

    The recruitment phase of the Philadelphia Zoo’s “Saving Energy to Save Wildlife” project concluded at the end of 2016 with impressive results. Drawing from NNOCCI framing methods, guests were engaged with Zoo interpreters through a short hands-on activity showing the effects that ocean acidification has on marine ecosystems, as well as how saving energy at […]

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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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  • Grants+ Program Application Information

    We’re not currently accepting proposals. Please check back for updates! As part of The Ocean Project’s efforts to help our partner aquariums and zoos fulfill their role as centers for conservation leadership, we are pleased to announce a third round of funding for our Innovative Solutions Grants+ (ISG+) program. For the ISG+ program, The Ocean […]

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  • Past Grant Awardees

    We’ve gathered here project summaries from the Innovative Solutions Grants+ Program, as well as the small grants program which preceded it. Thanks to all awardees for your hard work, and for sharing what you’ve learned. 2015 – 2016 Grant Awardees Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Awarded $20,000 to engage university students in Tasting Sustainability, a community-based conservation […]

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  • Grants+ Program

    The Innovative Solutions Grants+ Program Leading the charge for innovation and conservation impact in the aquarium and zoo community The Grants+ Program is an evolution of The Ocean Project’s efforts to help our partner organizations do more to effectively advance conservation action; it allows us to invest in community innovators by providing not only financial resources, […]

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