This Thanksgiving, all of us at the Seattle Aquarium are thankful for:
You! Since 1977, the Seattle Aquarium has been dedicated to serving Seattle and the Puget Sound area in working to fulfill our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. The Aquarium welcomes over 800,000 visitors each year, local residents and tourists alike, to explore our exhibits, many of which focus on the ecosystems of Puget Sound and Washington’s coastal waters.
Our members and donors, who provide critical support for our education and conservation programming, including providing marine science education for over 40,000 local schoolchildren each year; performing research on local species like the sea star; and training volunteer beach naturalists who teach visitors to Puget Sound shorelines how to enjoy the fragile nearshore habitat without hurting the animals that call it home.
Our incredible volunteers. In 2015, 1,335 volunteers donated 100,032 hours of service to the Seattle Aquarium, representing a donated value of over $2.3 million!
New climate change legislature. This year, the Paris Agreement was formally ratified, galvanizing the climate action that will help restore the health of Earth’s one ocean.
Our staff, who have put in countless hours rehabilitating and caring for a variety of critters. From Rialto the sea otter pup to Tucker the olive ridley sea turtle, we’ve loved nursing animals back to health—and sharing highlights with you along the way.