• ISG+ Final Report: Say #byetobags with the Saint Louis Zoo!

    This guest post is submitted by Kirinne Slaughter at the Saint Louis Zoo, and is the last in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project. It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since we began our partnership with The Ocean Project under the Innovative Solutions Grants+ Program. It has […]

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  • ISG+ Update: Zoo-Alive teen volunteers at the Saint Louis Zoo take the #byetobags pledge and spread the word!

    This guest post is submitted by Kirinne Slaughter at the Saint Louis Zoo, and is the second in a 3-part series on their Innovative Solutions Grants+ project. Since our last post, our Zoo ALIVE (ZA) teen volunteers have been hard at work helping Zoo visitors say #byetobags! Successfully building on the lessons learned from the […]

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  • 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 For more than a decade, the Zoo ALIVE (Active Leaders In Volunteer Education) Teen Volunteers at the Saint Louis Zoo have been educating zoo […]

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  • Communicating Conservation Effectively with Zoo and Aquarium Guests

    Conservation is the action of protecting and rejuvenating ecosystems so that the plants and animals within them can thrive indefinitely. If those inhabitants could accomplish this on their own, our jobs would be much easier; however, animals are merely the ambassadors for many of the issues that require our intervention (unless you’re a plastic-eating Ideonella […]

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  • Plastic-Free! Zoos, Aquariums and Museums

    Many zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs) are already taking action to reduce disposable plastic use at their institutions, which is great in and of itself, and also, the research tells us, a great way to engage your visitors! See here for ideas on how to reduce your organization’s disposable plastic use. With that in mind, here […]

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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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  • Another Awareness Day? Why they are worth all of that energy!

    By Amy Niedbalski Director, Conservation Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) Saint Louis Zoo Like many organizations, the Saint Louis Zoo hosts approximately 20 to 30 “awareness days” annually (albeit, virtually in 2020). Some of these include, International Vulture Awareness Day, Pollinator Awareness Week, International Tiger Day, World Tomistoma Day, and of course, World Oceans Day! […]

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  • Partner Network

    We promote collaboration to address the major issues on a scale commensurate with the size of the problems. Our fast-growing global Partner Network continues to evolve. Currently with approximately 2,000 youth organizations, aquariums, zoos, museums, and others in 150 countries, joining as a Partner is open to any organization that shares the vision of a […]

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  • Past Grant Awardees

    Following are 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. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Awarded $20,000 to engage university students in Tasting Sustainability, a community-based conservation initiative to increase awareness of seafood […]

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  • Youth Taking the Lead for Conservation Action

    In the summer of 2016, Phillipe Cousteau, grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, recognized youth as “the hope for our oceans.” Across the globe, there is an ever-growing group of young and passionate leaders with confident “can-do” attitudes ready to make positive changes for our planet. Today more than ever, these youth are involved in […]

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