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 2012/2013 school year, the Aquarium provided over 37,000 students with marine science education programs.
200 Beach Naturalists made approximately 37,000 beach visitor contacts on 11 local beaches during low tides.
Distributed 250,000 Seafood Watch pocket guides for sustainable seafood consumer education and trained 100 local seafood restaurant personnel on sustainable seafood practices.
Five scientific papers were published in peer-reviewed journals; conducted field research efforts related to sea otters, Washington and Hawaii reef surveys.
Opened a new harbor seal exhibit that brings awareness of our iconic harbor seals and the role they play in monitoring the health of Puget Sound.
The Seattle Aquarium is currently seeking general operating funds to be distributed for animal care, education and outreach, and research.