The Seattle Aquarium Connections program
The Connections program is a product of the Aquarium’s aim to be inclusive and welcoming to all. With your support, the program distributed over 84,000 complimentary admission tickets to more than 350 partner agencies in 2019 alone. It also offers low-cost memberships to audiences served by these agencies and provides outreach programming to many of them as well.
Please enjoy these highlights and quotes from just a few of the organizations we’ve partnered with across the community! Learn more about the Connections program on our website.
Children’s Administration, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Mission:To transform lives
“Foster parents, relative caregivers and the children placed in their care benefit from the Connections program in many ways. Complimentary tickets allow these families to bring children of all ages into a setting where they can explore at each child’s developmental level. Children with anxieties about new experiences can relax and discover the wonders of the sea. Siblings placed in separate homes can spend quality time together. And caregivers with children of various ages know each child will enjoy the experience.”
—Meri Waterhouse, program manager for foster care recruitment retention
Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
Mission: To promote inclusion, independence, personal leadership, and strong communities by providing refugee and immigrant women and their families with culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
“The Aquarium has been instrumental in opening many doors, opportunities and aspirations for the families at ReWA. The nature of the partnership is really unique—the Aquarium really gets our mission and what we’re trying to do. This partnership leverages the resources and expertise of the Aquarium and brings it to our youth where they are.”
—Susan Lee, director of early childhood education operations and volunteer service
Chinese Information and Service Center
Mission: Bridging cultures, communities and generations. Supporting immigrants and their families by creating opportunities for them to succeed while honoring their heritage.
“The children we work with are new immigrants from mainland China or Hong Kong. Their families are low income with low English proficiency, and their Aquarium experiences give them opportunities to increase their exposure to English, learn new words and gain new knowledge. The programming supports our goals as well as those of the Aquarium.”
—Wendy Wu, after-school program coordinator
Outdoors for All
Mission: Enriching the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation.
“Understanding more about the outdoors enriches our appreciation of it. We appreciate the programming because it creates an environment where everyone can participate at their own ability, level and pace—with space to decompress when needed. It’s flexible…it promotes communication and positive interaction for kids who are more social, and it’s also engaging for those who prefer to hang back and observe.”
—Elliot Howard, program manager
Environmental Science Center (ESC)
Mission: Promoting environmental stewardship and academic achievement through science-based education.
“The Seattle Aquarium's commitment to marine conservation extends beyond the Aquarium, and its relationship with ESC is a great example of that. Seattle Aquarium affiliates helped ESC establish its first beach and salmon classroom field study programs back in 2000, which now serve over 5,000 children each year. ESC could not have such an effective impact in south King County without the resources and knowledge the Seattle Aquarium has provided over the years.”