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Ways To Learn About The Environment At The Aquarium In AprilAqua Biz Logo

April 9th, 2013 – The Aquarium of the Pacific will hold its 13th annual Earth Day Celebration on April 13 and 14. During this festival weekend, families can learn what they can do to help our ocean planet and meet representatives from organizations like the Long Beach Environmental Services Bureau, Marine Mammal Care Center, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, Recycle Bank and Sierra Club. Visitors will also have the chance to meet Sequoia the bald eagle, who lives at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, and will be hosted at the Aquarium by the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program.

These organizations will help visitors learn about ways to get involved in protecting the environment and will provide simple, everyday conservation tips as well as hands-on learning demonstrations.

Attendees who bring an unwanted electronic item to dispose of can save $10 on adult admission to the Aquarium on April 13 or 14. Visitors can drop off their items at the e-waste booth in front of the Aquarium that weekend to receive a coupon for the admission discount. E-waste includes small appliances, electronics such as computers, printers, and scanners, and personal devices like cell phones and hair dryers.

Also this month, adults can explore combining science and the arts to help address environmental issues in a special course beginning on April 25. The Aquarium uses the arts to engage, entertain, educate, and make emotional connections that can lead to changes in attitude and behavior. It provides a venue for art exhibits throughout the year as well as regular arts performances by such groups as the Long Beach Ballet, Long Beach Opera, and Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players. In its latest Aquatic Academy course, the Aquarium will host scientists and experts in the visual and performing arts to examine the ways in which the arts can be integrated with the sciences to deliver environmental messages.

This Aquatic Academy includes a series of four evening classes, fostering dialogue on complex and pressing issues related to the ocean and environment. The sessions will cover the sciences and arts as two complementary domains and will investigate the power of the performing arts, design, and visual arts in messaging and story. Speakers will include Andreas Mitisek, artistic and general director, Long Beach Opera; David Wilcox, artistic director, Long Beach Ballet; Dan Goods, visual strategist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Jerry Zucker, producer, director, and Hollywood lead on the Science-Entertainment Exchange.

To register for Aquatic Academy or find more about Earth Day, visit aquariumofpacific.org/events.