364 days a year, the Oregon Coast Aquarium showcases the underwater world. Its interpretive exhibits and programs have earned consistent recognition as one of the ten best aquariums in the nation. On June 6, the Aquarium will take this mission to a whole new level in honor of the United Nation’s international World Oceans Day.
The annual celebration is held in conjunction with organizations across the globe to promote understanding and stewardship of the watery realm that covers over 70 percent of our planet. Dozens of activities will connect people with the ocean, whether it is through their taste buds during Edible Ocean demonstrations or their competitive spirit during a treasure hunt that enters participants to win free Aquarium adventures. Continue reading
The Oregon Coast Aquarium will thank Lincoln County restaurant, lodging and gas station employees with free admission from Saturday, May 30 through Friday, June 5. Hospitality employees that wish to take advantage of the offer will be asked to provide proof of employment with a recent pay stub. Those unsure if their place of employment qualifies for the program may contact the Aquarium during regular business hours at (541) 867-3474 x5401.
Aquarium President and CEO Carrie Lewis explained the Aquarium extends this offer every year to, “Thank Lincoln County hospitality employees for recommending the Aquarium to coastal travelers, and give them a chance to rediscover what the Aquarium has to offer right in their backyard.” Those who take advantage of the offer will find a whole new exhibit awaits them. Secrets of Shipwrecks. Part History. Part Mystery., opened Memorial Day weekend to immerse visitors in the science and intrigue of underwater archaeology. Eligible Lincoln County workers who wish to bring guests with them can take advantage of the Aquarium’s discounted Lincoln County Wednesdays program. Admission is just $5 every Wednesday of the year for Lincoln County, Oregon locals with proof of residency.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting on May 23. Visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH for more information or to purchase advance tickets.
From the day it opened in 1992, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has been a relentless champion for the interests of coastal and marine environments in the Pacific Northwest. On May 7, the staff, board and supporters of the nonprofit paused to recognize the Aquarium’s own stewards during the annual Ocean Steward Celebration at NW Natural headquarters in Portland.
At the event, the board inaugurated a new honor, the Al Gleason Ocean Steward Award. “As the Aquarium approaches its 25th anniversary, it is important to acknowledge the individuals who made the Aquarium possible,” said Caryl Zenker, the Aquarium’s Vice President of Development who organizes the event and developed the Award.
Aquarium board emeritus member and retired CEO of PacificCorp Al Gleason, for whom the award was named, personally selected Mark Collson as the honoree. Collson has served as a guardian and supporter of the Aquarium since its inception, but his role during one of its most difficult eras set him apart. Continue reading