Seattle Aquarium Programs
Provide opportunities for animals to connect people to life's uncomplicated joys and wonders
Regardless of generation, race or gender, when an Aquarium visitor touches their first sea anemone, spots "Nemo" hiding in the coral, or rounds the corner and watches an Alaskan sea otter at play, a sense of joy and wonder overcomes them.
Gather and share information about Pacific Northwest marine animals
As experts in our field, we conduct important research on the giant Pacific octopus, sixgill sharks, Alaskan sea otters and many more local animals. Philosophically, we believe that the Aquarium plays an important role in the dissemination of not only our own scientific research but also the work of other scientists performing ocean research.
Teach people about our local marine life, stressors to the ocean's web of life and our need for ecosystem solutions
Our education strategy requires formal, independent evaluation of our structured programs and use of inquiry-based interactive teaching techniques.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
During the 2013/2014 school year, the Aquarium provided over 40,000 students from 592 schools nationwide with marine science education programs.
230 Beach Naturalists made approximately 60,576 beach visitor contacts on 10 local beaches during low tide days.
Increased involvement with Sea Star Wasting Disease with staff Veterinarian Dr. Lesanna Lahner taking on a leadership role in the research effort.
Our staff completed 9 scientific papers/presentations for publication.
Significant energy efficiency upgrades made to our building throughout 2014 will reduce our carbon footprint by 24% and energy-related expenses by $100,000 a year.
In 2014, a total of 1,282 volunteers donated 100,755 hours of service. This time is valued at $2.2 million and 48 full-time equivalent staff. This includes over 32,493 hours of volunteer service by 280 youth.
In March we hosted our first Dream Night event for children with disabilities or chronic illnesses and their families. Working with local partners, including Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Aquarium welcomed 474 guests for this very special evening
The Seattle Aquarium is currently seeking general operating funds to be distributed for animal care, education and outreach, and research.