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Cephalopods, Camouflage Masters

Winter Fishtival December 28: Cephalopods, Camouflage Masters

Join the Seattle Aquarium for Winter Fishtival, where we’ll feature different sea animals and fun activities each day.

How many octopuses are in Puget Sound? Census seeks to answer questions about the remarkable giant Pacific octopus.

How many octopuses are in Puget Sound? Census seeks to answer questions about the remarkable giant Pacific octopus.

The giant Pacific octopus (GPO) is the largest octopus species in the world—yet little is known of its biology and ecology. Nor is it possible to know exactly how many GPOs are living in Puget Sound.

Seattle Aquarium first winner of AZA volunteer engagement award

Seattle Aquarium first winner of AZA volunteer engagement award

The Seattle Aquarium is proud to announce that our Beach Naturalist program is the very first winner of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Innovation in Volunteer Engagement Award. The award was developed to recognize achievement in volunteer program development; programs were judged by their ability to engage volunteers in the overall mission and operation of the organization. 

Aquarium volunteers plant trees to sequester carbon

Aquarium volunteers plant trees to sequester carbon

A group of 24 Aquarium Youth Ocean Advocates, adult volunteers and staff recently spent time working with King County Parks to plant 725 trees at Soaring Eagle Regional Park in Sammamish. The Aquarium partners with Forterra to purchase trees and coordinate the effort to plant them in Seattle-area parks and forests to help sequester the carbon output from the Aquarium. 

Longtime Seattle Aquarium volunteer celebrates with a final dive

Longtime Seattle Aquarium volunteer celebrates with a final dive

In December, one of the Seattle Aquarium’s longest-serving volunteer divers, Janet Hensley, took her last dip in the Underwater Dome—and, notes Volunteer Services Manager Katrina Bettis, “It was a unique dive that she will no doubt never forget.” 

What are the impacts of volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium?

What are the impacts of volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium?

As part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 6–12, we’re sharing thoughts from some of the volunteers who participated in a recent internal survey about their volunteer experience. 

Celebrating Seattle Aquarium volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Celebrating Seattle Aquarium volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Every year, literally hundreds of dedicated, passionate people give their time to the Seattle Aquarium—prepping food for our animals, answering questions from our many visitors, and furthering our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. In 2013 alone, 1,380 volunteers donated 96,800 hours to our institution!

Seattle Aquarium featured on “Marine Science Today” website

Seattle Aquarium featured on “Marine Science Today” website

The Seattle Aquarium was recently featured on the “Marine Science Today” website for its efforts to find its “conservation voice.” The article is part of a series that examines various aquariums and marine life parks around the world to “find out what kinds of places are out there and if they strive to promote education and conservation of the marine world.”

Orlay Johnson, Volunteer Diver at the Seattle Aquarium

Longtime Seattle Aquarium volunteer retires from NOAA after 30 years

Orlay Johnson has been involved with the Seattle Aquarium for the past 32 years: first as a volunteer, then as a staff member (in a now-defunct position called “Tour Guide”), and again as a volunteer after he began his 30-year career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A volunteer's favorite: fur seals at the Seattle Aquarium

If you volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium, chances are you have that one animal that’s your favorite. For me, it’s two: our northern fur seals, Commander and Woodstock.

Seattle Aquarium volunteer inspires conservation in her workplace

Seattle Aquarium volunteer Annie Spalding is at the end of an incredibly challenging decade. She was treated for cancer—along with her mother, grandmother and brother.

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