Why give?

The health of Puget Sound and our one world ocean is at stake, and the mission of the Seattle Aquarium has never been more important. We all have an awesome responsibility to protect and restore our marine environment—and it all starts with understanding, and caring about, the amazing diversity of sea life below the surface. 

Your donation helps the Aquarium educate our community about our Puget Sound and the challenges facing it by:

  • Providing marine science education to over 40,000 local schoolchildren each year
  • Building compelling exhibits like Window on Washington Waters or our harbor seal exhibit
  • Performing research on local species such as sea stars
  • Training volunteer naturalists who teach beachgoers how to enjoy the beach without hurting the animals that call it home

Your generous support is important—a gift of any amount is appreciated and can make a difference:

  • $50 sends five economically disadvantaged children and their parents to the Aquarium
  • $100 sends an Aquarium educator to a local stream, river or beach with a school group
  • $250 allows a special needs child to participate in a week-long Aquarium marine summer camp
  • $500 helps support our annual giant Pacific octopus survey 
  • $1,000 feeds a hungry sea otter for a month 
If you are considering a donation of $300 or more view details on our Friends of the Aquarium donor benefits. Contact our Annual Fund Officer at (206) 693-6284.


Please support the Seattle Aquarium by making your secure donation online today or sending it to:

Seattle Aquarium
P.O. Box 24458
Seattle, WA 98124-0458

  • Double the impact of your gift with our matching gift program: click here for more information.
  • The Seattle Aquarium is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered under EIN #91-1189249. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
  • The Seattle Aquarium has adopted and complies with the "Donor Bill of Rights."
  • View Seattle Aquarium's financial reports in our document library, under "Aquarium Reports and Financials."