On June 8th, communities around the world will celebrate World Oceans Day as an opportunity to learn more about our ocean and take action to help conserve it. The ocean is vital to our lives as it generates most of the oxygen we breathe, helps feed us, regulates our climate, cleans the water we drink and offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines.
This year, the celebration is bigger than ever with events at aquariums, zoos and museums across the country, as well as exciting online events and strong prospects for a new youth involvement. The theme, “Youth: the Next Wave for Change,” will focus many events on inspiring the younger generations to protect the health of the ocean and address the problems of pollution, overfishing and climate change.
World Oceans Day coordinator, Alyssa Isakower, commented, “The worldwide response has been more enthusiastic than ever. June 8th provides a chance for the world to rally for a generation of ocean advocates who go beyond raising awareness and take real action for ocean protection.”
The Government of Canada first proposed the concept for the unique day at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, the UN officially recognizes June 8th as World Oceans Day each year.
Take time this weekend to celebrate our oceans at one of these events and learn about the importance of giving back to this vital ecosystem.
Courtesy of worldoceansday.org
Smithsonian Marine Ecosystem Exhibit
Fort Pierce, FL
Visit the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium, on June 9th from 10:00am – 3:00pm and enjoy learning stations, crafts, face painting, seining demonstrations in the Indian River Lagoon, and other activities all centered around the Earth’s indispensable marine resources. The first 100 children twelve years old and under will receive a free gift bag filled with educational materials. Click here for more details.
San Antonio Zoo
San Antonio, TX
The San Antonio Zoo is partnering with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for World Oceans Day on June 9 from 10am – 2pm. The event will include activities throughout the zoo that develop awareness and encourage the protection of the ocean and its inhabitants. The event is free with zoo admission. Click here for more details.
Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Santa Monica, CA
Join Heal the Bay as it celebrates World Oceans Day at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on June 9 from 12:30pm – 5pm. The Aquarium will offer games, activities, scavenger hunts and presentations in honor of the worldwide celebration of the ocean and the life it contains. Click here for more details.
Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium
Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium is hosting a party with a purpose as it celebrates World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 9. The goal of the event is to raise awareness for conserving and protecting our oceans in a fun and playful way. The World Oceans Day Party takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and promises interactive fun for the entire family. All activities are included in the price of Aquarium admission: Adults, $20; kids (3-12), $15. Parking $5. Click here for details.
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Wildlife Conservation Society
Enjoy the celebration for World Oceans Day with the opening of A-MAZE-ING Water. This salute to marine conservation includes exhibits on the NY Seascape and Water’s Extreme Journey, as well as an interactive maze. The event takes place from June 8-9, 11am – 5pm. Click here for more details.
On Saturday, June 9 from 11am – 3pm, celebrate the Plant’s ocean and learn simple ways you can make a difference during the annual World Oceans Day celebration. The event includes hands-on activities to entertain and educate on the importance of the world’s oceans.
On Sunday, June 10 from 10am – 2 pm, join Mystic Aquarium at the Bluff Point State Park to help clean the beach, talk to marine biologists, look for Long Island Sound wildlife and more. Click here for more details.