E-Newsletter Articles

October 2014

Shop at Amazon.com and support the Seattle Aquarium


The Seattle Aquarium is a participant in the AmazonSmile program! When you enroll in the program and select the Seattle Aquarium as your beneficiary, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to support our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.

Enrollment in the AmazonSmile program is FREE to you and easy to do—just visit smile.amazon.com and select “Seattle Aquarium Society-Seas” as your designated cause. Remember to start each of your subsequent Amazon purchases at smile.amazon.com and the Seattle Aquarium will benefit as you cross items off your shopping list!

Join us for Cedar River Salmon Journey, every weekend in October

Cedar River Salmon Journey

The Cedar River Salmon Journey has been educating Puget Sound residents about salmon and watershed health since 1998. Volunteer naturalists, who receive approximately 20 hours of training from fish, interpretative and watershed experts, make riverside presentations to the public in October, when fish are spawning in the Cedar River. These dedicated naturalists share their love and knowledge of the Cedar River Watershed, the salmon that share the river with us, and the everyday actions we can all take to help salmon thrive.

Since it began, this free, family-friendly program has drawn over 85,000 visitors from across the region. Says one volunteer naturalist, “Restoration and conservation are big goals that require participation from many people. Volunteering provides an opportunity to reach out to people who might not yet be involved. When salmon runs and watersheds go from being abstract concepts to real-life events unfolding before their eyes, many people can't help but change the way they think—and with a little encouragement, also change the way they act.”

Come experience this program for yourself! Volunteers will be stationed from 11am to 4pm on October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 at Jones Park, Cedar River Park, Cavanaugh Pond and Landsburg Park and Dam. Carpool if you can—these sites have limited parking. For a flyer with directions or to get more information, call (206) 792-5851 or visit our website.

The Cedar River Salmon Journey program is a partnership between the Seattle Aquarium, Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and Seattle Public Utilities and is supported by the City of Renton, the US Army Corps of Engineers and WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council. It is funded by the King County Flood Control Board.

Upcoming Aquarium events—and Otter Open results


What an engaging, educational and fun fall we have planned at the Seattle Aquarium! See below for highlights, and visit our website for details.

October 25–26: Halloween fun

Join us for underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, spooky activities and fun treats. Come in costume and start the celebration early! Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, October 26.

November 8–9: Discover Science Weekend

With Lightning Talks on November 7. Bring the family and explore science together through interactive experiments and presentations. Meet visiting scientists and researchers from local institutions and the Seattle Aquarium. Learn about exciting research projects, and find out WHY and HOW this research is being conducted. Lightning Talks on Friday evening, November 7, provide a chance to hear a quick synopsis of the work being done ($10/person admission).

November 22, December 5 and January 3: Nighttime Low Tide Beach Walks

Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts. At Constellation Park/South Alki Beach on November 22, 9:30–11pm; December 5, 9–10:30pm; and January 3, 9–10:30pm.

Otter Open 2014 recap

A total of 125 golfers joined us at Broadmoor Golf Club on September 22 for the 14th annual Otter Open Golf Classic, enjoying fierce competition on the course—and for a tempting array of live and silent auction items. With that generous support, $100,000 was raised for the Seattle Aquarium and its mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. We hope to see you for Otter Open 2015!

The Freys: supporting the Aquarium is a family affair

The Freys

“Watching the seals is fun!” Six-year-old Chance Frey loves to tell his friends about the harbor seals at the Seattle Aquarium. He isn’t the only one. His parents Roger and Allison Frey, and older sisters Helena (10) and Gisele (7) are all big fans of Barney, Q and Siku. The Freys’ passion for conservation and animals is contagious and has been spreading among an ever-increasing circle of friends, helping the Aquarium extend our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment to new audiences.

Supporting the Aquarium’s outreach efforts is definitely a family affair, and each member of the Frey family has jumped in. Allison, who co-chaired the 2014 Medina Days planning committee, invited the Aquarium to participate in the fair with a marine-themed activity and game. The Freys also recently hosted an open house for the Aquarium, inviting friends and neighbors to learn about Aquarium programs and how to get involved. Through Allison’s connection as a trustee of the Dean Witter Foundation, the Aquarium has also received funding for expanded educational programs and conservation research projects, introducing middle school students to science concepts and real-world research.

The younger Freys are just as engaged as their parents. Allison says that the kids “have a greater understanding of the impact of pollution on ocean life, and how that ultimately affects humans as well. In addition to the fun they have at the Aquarium, the learning is definitely there.”

Thanks to the support and outreach efforts of the Frey family and the Aquarium’s many donors and supporters, the Aquarium continues to engage and inspire new audiences. We are grateful to Roger, Allison, Helena, Gisele and Chance, and to you, for all that you do to help further our mission!

A message from our President & CEO

Bob Davidson

After a break for the summer tourist season, work on the central waterfront portion of the seawall replacement project resumed this month. Our facility, along with key waterfront destinations—including the Great Wheel, Argosy Cruises and businesses on Pier 57—will remain open during this second season of seawall construction. Most of the southern businesses on Piers 54, 55 and 56 have closed temporarily and will reopen in July 2015.

We’ve planned plenty of engaging activities to keep visitors coming through our doors this fall, winter and spring (see related article for details), and have worked with the City and the other businesses that are remaining open to make it as easy as possible to access the waterfront.

Throughout the seawall construction project, I invite you to visit the Aquarium often to enjoy our exhibits, programs and events. You can help by letting your friends and family know that we’re open as usual, driving routes to get here remain the same, pedestrian access will always be maintained along the waterfront and, as always, there’s plenty of nearby parking.

Although this construction season will have its challenges, we are well prepared to face them—and thrilled about the completion of this vital project, which will benefit our institution as well as the entire Puget Sound region.

On another note, I was invited to give a talk entitled “Why Aquariums Matter” at this year’s TEDxRainier event, which will be held on November 22 at McCaw Hall in downtown Seattle. Ticket information is available via the TEDxRainier website, where you can also view the talk online after the event.