What We Stand For

We view diversity as a strength and recognize that we can only achieve our mission by including the skills and varied perspectives of all people. We understand that environmental burdens and benefits are not equitably distributed and that we have a responsibility to foster inclusive conversations about our marine environment. We strive to create a welcoming and equitable culture as we work together to fulfill the Aquarium’s mission.

Our SALISH Values

  • SUSTAINABLE: Adopting and promoting, internally and externally, practices that improve ocean health.
  • AWE INSPIRING: Creating captivating experience for all audiences.
  • LEARNING & IMPROVING: Fostering, evaluating and applying knowledge and discovery.
  • INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY: Recognizing that diversity is critical to achieve our mission.
  • SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY: Ensuring our credibility with evidence-based practices.
  • HONORING PLACE: Using our location and history as a lens for larger understanding.

Diversifying the Conservation Movement

For too long, the people most impacted by environmental harm have been marginalized when crafting solutions, unable to lend their expertise and ensure their needs are met.

The Seattle Aquarium is aiming to change this with a new fellowship program specifically for people from marginalized communities. Fellows will be paid a living wage as they develop new programming to engage groups and organizations who have historically not been well-served by the Aquarium.

This fellowship program will further our mission of Inspiring Conservation of our Marine Environment while building cohorts of future leaders from diverse communities who can support one another, first at Seattle Aquarium and ultimately at aquariums and conservation organizations across the globe.

Honoring Place

The Seattle Aquarium honors our location on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, who stewarded these lands and waters for generations and continue to do so today.

Guided by our mission and values, the Aquarium is committed to developing a strong foundation for long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships with Coast Salish and Urban Native peoples as well as other Indigenous communities so we can conserve our one world ocean.

A rocky beach along the Salish Sea in Washington.