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July 8, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

Master Plan Public Meeting

WHEN:
6:30–7:30pm Monday, July 13

WHERE:
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59

WHO:
Lori Montoya, Seattle Aquarium, Director of Strategic Planning & Special Projects Chris Rogers, Point32, Project Manager

WHAT:
The Seattle Aquarium is planning to expand—come hear about our vision; take the opportunity to ask questions about the final Master Plan; and learn how public feedback was considered and incorporated into the plan.

An expanded Aquarium facility will align with Seattle’s revitalized waterfront— as well as increase the Aquarium’s effectiveness and capacity as a platform for scientific research, marine conservation education and civic engagement.

Come be a part of the conversation! Reservations not needed.

About the Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium is our region’s window on Puget Sound, inspiring residents and visitors to understand and conserve our marine environment. The Aquarium needs more room to reach and inspire our region’s growing population. It needs space for new exhibits about Puget Sound, our coastal ecosystem and the Pacific ocean. Learn more about Seattle Aquarium’s plans for expansion and help the Aquarium, reach, teach and inspire more Puget Sound residents by adding your name to the Support Letter today at SupportSeattleAquarium.org.

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On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


July 1, 2015


Initiative aims to protect endangered animals, resolved concerns from Seattle Symphony

View the full article here.


June 15, 2015

SPLASH! gala raises record $1 million for Aquarium’s education programs

SEATTLE—The Seattle Aquarium reached a $1 million fundraising milestone with its 24th annual Splash! gala and auction. Aquarium leaders say the phenomenal community support will help the Aquarium help education students and communities on the value of marine coservation and expand the Aquarium’s ability to open its doors to thousands of low-income students and families.

“We’re tremendously grateful for the confidence and support of our donors,” commented Seattle Aquarium President & CEO Robert W. Davidson. “The rapid growth of our region means that marine conservation education is more critical than ever before—and funds raised during Splash! will provide vital support in helping the Aquarium to achieve its mission.” He continued, “An event of this scale doesn’t come together without a lot of time, skill and energy from many dedicated individuals, and we thank the people and businesses who gave so generously of their time and resources—particularly Honorary Chair Mary L. Bass and Co-Chairs Eric Steinwinder and Pam Guinn.”

More than than 600 guests came together at the June 5 Splash! event to celebrate the Aquarium and generously support its mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. With their help, $1,020,000 was raised for the Seattle Aquarium’s youth and community outreach programs. This important investment from donors will help the Aquarium continue its work of inspiring young people to care for, steward and advocate for the health of our marine environment.

Specifically, the impact of these generous donations will:

  • Bring marine science to life for over 40,000 students and their teachers via Aquarium tours and our conservation education curriculum;
  • Inspire over 60,000 conversations between volunteer Beach Naturalists and members of the public on local shorelines during summer low-tide days;
  • Distribute nearly 35,000 free Aquarium tickets to 114 partner agencies, including United Way and Boys & Girls Clubs, through our community ticket program;
  • Provide free or reduced admission and transportation to the Aquarium for 10,000 underserved students;
  • Welcome over 800 community members, speaking 17 languages, to our annual Aquarium Open House event; and
  • Attract over 800 children and adults with special needs to our DreamNight events, where guests can enjoy the Aquarium at their own pace with enhanced support.

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Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.

Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


June 11, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY
Master Planning Open House

WHEN:
6-7:30pm Tuesday, June 16

WHO:
Robert W. Davidson, Seattle Aquarium President & CEO
Marc L’Italien, EHDD, Architect

WHAT:
The Seattle Aquarium is planning to expand—come hear about our vision and participate in the discussion!

Please join us as Aquarium President & CEO Robert W. Davidson presents our draft master plan for expansion. Learn how an expanded facility will align with Seattle’s revitalized waterfront— as well as how it will increase the Aquarium’s effectiveness and capacity as a platform for scientific research, marine conservation education and civic engagement. The project’s architect, Marc L’Italien, will share highlights of the draft master plan.

Come be a part of the conversation! To RSVP, go to SeattleAquarium.org/open-house/rsvp.

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On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


June 4, 2015

Major Boeing Grant to Boost Underserved
Students’ Access to High-Quality STEM Educational Programs

SEATTLE—The Washington Informal Science Education (WISE) Consortium today announced a $500,000 grant from Boeing Commercial Airplanes to advance interest, motivation, and achievement of low income students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.

The grant will support a WISE Consortium STEM Project-Based Learning Initiative (2014-2018) that addresses the STEM education crisis taking place in Washington state. Through the development and implementation of a four-year comprehensive STEM project-based learning program, this initiative represents a systemic model for transforming STEM learning for the state’s underserved youth. Every year students and teachers in grades 4 through 8 will be actively engaged in a year-long process of inspiring and engaging WISE Consortium STEM experiences to provide them with access to authentic STEM resources and experts. They will begin with a “WISE Consortium STEM Field Trip” that will serve as a benchmark for them to learn about the science and engineering practices they will use to design and execute their own STEM research projects throughout the year. Their research projects will focus on improving the quality of life in their communities.

“Tomorrow’s leaders will come from diverse backgrounds and every income level,” said Bill McSherry, vice president of state and local government and global corporate citizenship at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Boeing is committed to expanding STEM educational opportunities for all students and excited to partner with WISE on their innovative efforts. We want students in our community to learn the skills they will need to capture the opportunities Boeing and other companies are creating.”

The WISE Consortium comprises leading informal science education institutions in Washington state including: The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, IslandWood, The Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo.

“By integrating year-long informal and formal learning experiences for our underserved youth, we predict this unique STEM education program will positively impact students’ interest, academic performance, and their pursuit of STEM technical and professional careers. Long-term we believe this program will result in our students being better prepared to contribute to our economy and the quality of life in their communities,” said Sally Goetz Shuler, WISE Consortium Executive Director.

About WISE
In 2009, six leading informal science education institutions in Washington state took a bold step by uniting to form the Washington Informal Science Education (WISE) Consortium to advance pre-K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in Washington state. The primary focus of WISE is to work with underserved youth. For more information, visit: http://wiseconsortium.org.

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June 1, 2015

Health Update: Harbor Seal Siku

We announce with deep sadness that Siku, our female harbor seal, delivered a premature, stillborn pup on Sunday, May 31. This was 10-year-old Siku’s first pregnancy. Necropsy results are pending. In the meantime, Siku is doing well and has already resumed eating.

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On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

Contact:
Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
T.Kuniholm@SeattleAquarium.org


May 4, 2015

Kick off summer fun at the Seattle Aquarium and on local beaches!

WHEN:
May 19–August 2

WHERE:
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle

WHAT:
Meet us at the Beach—Summer Beach Naturalists, starting May 19: Learn more about our local beaches and the amazing animals that live there! Our trained volunteers will be stationed at 12 different beaches on low-tide days throughout the summer. Visit SeattleAquarium.org/beach-naturalist for dates, times, locations and driving directions.

Family Science Weekend, May 22–25: Join the Seattle Aquarium for fun, hands-on science including looking for plankton, learning about Aquarium research, and more. The whole family will discover that science is fun!

World Ocean Weekend, June 13–14: Celebrate the world’s one big ocean with us and learn to be an ocean hero! Everyone, no matter where they live, can help keep the ocean clean and healthy. We'll show you how with a variety of hands-on activities and special demonstrations. We’ll also have special guest appearances by Captain Barnacles of the Octonauts!

Wild Sharks, July 25–August 2: Learn about the wild sharks that live right here in Puget Sound with daily shark talks and activities.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $21.95; Youth (4–12) $14.95; Children 3 and under are admitted free. New admission fees in effect July 1, 2015: Adults $22.95; Youth (4–12) $15.95; Children 3 and under admitted free.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

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Contact:
Contact:
Laura Austin
(206) 386-4329
L.Austin@SeattleAquarium.org


April 3, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY
Marine Mammal Mania is coming to the Seattle Aquarium

WHEN:
Weekends in April

WHERE:
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle

WHAT:
Spring brings Marine Mammal Mania to Seattle! Join the Aquarium every weekend in April to celebrate some of the biggest and brightest stars of the sea.

  • April 4–5 will be dedicated to the mega-sized orcas of Puget Sound.
  • April 11–12 will be all about the harbor seals showing off in their new home.
  • April 18–19 will feature the fabulous, furry sea otters.

And last, but not least, April 25–26 will focus on the sleek, swimming northern fur seals, with our new “boys,” Leu and Flaherty.

Kids and adults alike will enjoy hands-on activities to discover more about these wonderful animals. Each weekend, our mammal caretakers will demonstrate how they make ice toy treats for the otters and seals and let you watch how much the animals enjoy these treats.

WHO:
Marine mammal experts from the Aquarium, as well as experts from Washington State and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Washington and NOAA Fisheries, will be on hand at selected times to talk about research that is being done to learn even more about these important sea animals:

  • Wild orca weekend expert talks at 2pm each day
  • Harbor seal weekend expert talks at 2pm each day
  • Sea otter weekend expert talks at 11:30am each day
  • Northern fur seal weekend expert talks at 2pm each day

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm.
Admission fees: Adults $21.95; Youth (4–12) $14.95; Children 3 and under are admitted free.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


February 26, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY
Marine Mammal Mania and more spring excitement coming to Seattle Aquarium!

Spring is coming, and spring brings Marine Mammal Mania to Seattle! Join the Aquarium every weekend in April to celebrate some of the biggest and brightest stars of the sea.

WHEN:
April 4–May 25

WHERE:
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle

WHAT:
Marine Mammal Mania:
Kids and adults alike will enjoy hands-on activities while discovering more about these wonderful animals. Meet marine mammal experts for special talks and demonstrations every weekend as well.

  • April 4–5 activities will be dedicated to the mega-sized, charismatic WILD ORCAS of Puget Sound.
  • April 12–13 will be all about the charming HARBOR SEALS showing off in their new home at the Aquarium.
  • April 18–19 will focus on the sleek swimming NORTHERN FUR SEALS, with the new boys in town, Flaherty and Leu.
  • April 25–26 will feature the fabulous, furry and sometimes funny SEA OTTERS, including our youngest sweetheart—Mishka.

May Days:
The fun continues in May with May Days at the Aquarium. Join us throughout the month for May Day, music, moms, and Family Science Weekend over the Memorial Day holiday.

Selected weekend days in May: Spring concert series.

  • May 1: The original May Day with a marine twist! The Aquarium’s marine mammals will receive treats of flower-shaped ice toys!
  • May 5: The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG—a chance to have your donations to the Seattle Aquarium go further. Visit SeattleAquarium.org for a link to donate to GiveBIG!
  • May 10: Mother’s Day at the Aquarium—celebrate moms of all types, animal and human.
  • May 15: Endangered Species Day—join us on social media and at the Aquarium to learn more about endangered animals.
  • May 23–25: Memorial Day Weekend—Family Science Weekend. Participate in activities to learn about science and research taking place at the Seattle Aquarium. Hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations will help the whole family discover science in a fun way.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm.
Admission fees: Adults $21.95; Youth (4–12) $14.95; Children 3 and under are admitted free.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org