Meet Grant Abel, our new director of life sciences. We’re thrilled he’s found a new home with us at the Seattle Aquarium—and he’s quite happy as well, commenting, “I’m very excited to be here because I share the vision and values that our staff and volunteers bring to the Aquarium every day.”
As we gear up for our Cedar River Salmon journey this fall, we are taking a look back at some of the highlights of our 2018 Beach Naturalist season. It was another great one that went by much too quickly!
Take a walk north of the Seattle Aquarium along the waterfront. There is something you should know about this little beach right in downtown Seattle - it is alive with wonderful neighbors that breathe water instead of air!
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.
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!
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).