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Be a Sea Star!



Aquarium of the Bay Provides Conservation Education to Students Around the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 17, 2015 – For most students, the beginning of the school year means sitting behind a desk and staring at a chalkboard. But for students across the Bay Area, there’s hope, thanks to a variety of free programs offered by Aquarium of the Bay. With these science-based learning experiences, students and teachers can pick a day to trade in the chalk for sea stars and baby trout, boat rides and plankton trawls. The summer heat just got cooler!

Aquarium of the Bay’s programs help start conversations about important subjects like climate change, marine debris and plastic pollution, and sustainable seafood, among other conservation related issues. These programs allow students K-12 to discover the amazing world of San Francisco Bay through firsthand exploration, making the learning experience unique, exciting, and most importantly, memorable. Each year, more than 25,000 Bay Area school kids, teachers, and chaperones are learning – and retaining – valuable lessons about their role in the health of natural ecosystems with the help of animal ambassadors and trained Aquarium Naturalists. Even better, all programs are aligned to the California State Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and include STEM and conservation education activities.

Take a look at these 5 ways Aquarium of the Bay is making back to school more enjoyable:

Aquarium Exploration Tours – Experience a different kind of school when you explore beneath the Bay with sharks, bat rays, and swirling schools of anchovies. Students embark on a guided tour through the Aquarium’s galleries, participating in scientific observation and exploration, all while learning about ways they can help protect the Bay and the animals that call it home.
Discover the Bay – Steady your sea legs for this unique learning opportunity on the Bay. This program lets 5th-8th grade students travel aboard the nation’s first Hybrid Ferry – a boat that uses energy from solar and wind power – for a hands-on introduction to how experts measure the health of a marine environment. Students learn about ocean chemistry (drawing water samples to measure salinity, density, and turbidity), watersheds, hybrid energy, and how to make scientific observations.
BayMobile – If you can’t come to the Aquarium, the Aquarium will come to you! The BayMobile is a mobile classroom that brings live animal ambassadors – like sea stars, turtles, and snakes – and hands-on experiments to schools around the Bay Area, making climate change tangible and easy to understand for all K-12 age groups. The BayMobile inspires students to be passionate about the environment and the animals impacted by climate change.
Project WATERS – Turn your 5th-8th-grade classroom into your own aquarium with Project WATERS. Project WATERS allows students to raise trout from eggs into young fish within their own classroom, and then take a field trip to release them into Lake Merced. This program is enriched by additional experiences provided by Aquarium of the Bay, and helps students learn about the value of aquatic environments and how their own actions can affect our natural resources.
Sea Lion Center Programs – If fish aren’t your thing, try a class from the Aquarium’s sister organization, the Sea Lion Center. The Sea Lion Center is located on PIER 39 right next to San Francisco’s world-famous sea lions and has a dedicated classroom space where students can practice their scientific skills and get involved with interactive, hands-on activities. Experience this unique learning environment, where a colony of playful sea lions are romping right outside.
For more information about Aquarium of the Bay’s and the Sea Lion Center’s education programs, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org/teachers.

About Aquarium of the Bay:

Aquarium of the Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. Located next to the iconic San Francisco Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium. Dedicated to the diverse marine life and ecosystems of the Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is home to nearly 30,000 animals found in San Francisco Bay and along the California coast. Additional information is available at www.aquariumofthebay.org.

News from Surfrider


Group Dedicates Entire Month Toward Rising Above Plastics

San Clemente, CA (October 2, 2012) – This week the Surfrider Foundation and Rusty are excited to kick off the 2nd annual “Raptober” celebration. This month-long effort seeks to educate and inspire the public to eliminate plastic waste from our oceans, waves and beaches.

“Each year millions of seabirds, fish and marine mammals die due to ingestion of, or entanglement in plastic,” says Bill Hickman, Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics Program Coordinator. “By dedicating the entire month of October toward educating the public on the effects of marine plastics, we hope to jump start their desire to reduce their own personal plastic footprints and the amount of litter reaching our seas.”

As part of its Raptober celebration the Surfrider Foundation be holding its 2nd Annual “One Foot at a Time” Plastic Cleanup Challenge. This unique contest challenges participants to collect one square foot of trash from their beach or community, then use that material to create a unique mosaic sculpture using any of the five downloadable templates on the Foundation’s Raptober event website. Surfrider Foundation will then judge photo submissions of the sculptures. Top submissions will win a host of cool gear from Rusty, including a new Rusty surfboard.

Surfrider Foundation will also offer a Raptober membership special. From October 15-19th, those who join or renew their Surfrider Foundation membership for $30 will receive a special recycled plastic wallet or pocketbook from The People’s Movement. These designer pieces are handcrafted from up-cycled plastic bags collected off beaches and areas around Bali. Each wallet or pocketbook is a unique one-of-a-kind piece. Supplies are limited, so be sure and order early.

For more information on Surfrider Foundation’s Raptober event, including information on One Foot at a Time and our Raptober membership special, please go to www.raptober.org.

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About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org

About Rusty
Rusty is a brand with its roots firmly planted in the pursuit of the surfing lifestyle. By 1984, Rusty Preisendorfer had already established himself as a young legend in the surfboard-shaping world. When the Rusty brand officially launched in 1985, there were few people who didn’t recognize the R-dot logo on surfboards across the globe. With the initial goal of making the best surfboards on the planet, it soon became clear that the tremendous demand for Rusty boards and recognition of the name would easily translate to apparel. What began with t-shirts quickly grew into a comprehensive collection driven by authentic surf roots, progressive product, edgy style, and the signature R-dot.

Decades later, Rusty continues to be an iconic brand in surf culture, featuring a product mix for guys and girls that includes boardshorts, hoodies, tees, knits, dresses and accessories; all available at leading surf shops worldwide. Inspired by art, fashion, music and design, Rusty delivers surf products that represent the classic, casual beach lifestyle defined by the risk-taking spirit and irreverence of today’s youth. Learn more at www.rusty.com.

WWF – a great Organization

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a provider of protection, information and conservation to species and habitats around the world.  If you haven’t enjoy meandering through their site, now is a good time! They have a Marine Fund Raising drive going on right now.

On a hot August day, many of us enjoy sandy beaches and rolling waves. But oceans are more than just great vacation spots, they are also important centers of our planet’s vital biodiversity. That’s why WWF’s marine program isworking to conserve the coldest seas to the warmest tropical waters on earth. Won’t you help support WWF’s conservation work, such as protecting and preserving marine environments, with a symbolic species adoption?

 Six critical marine regions are highlighted in this donation campaign– WWF is  intensively working at the field level in each one:

  • Adopt a Humpback Whale ($25 donation)
  • Adopt a Sea Turtle ($50 donation)
  • Adopt a Dolphin ($100 donation)
  • Adopt an Iguana ($50 donation)
  • Adopt a Blue Whale ($50 donation)
  • Adopt a Clown Fish ($50)

SF Academy of Sciences, June 3!

Honoring our Oceans!

On THURSDAY, JUNE 3, you won’t want to miss NightLife, featuring the debut of “Ocean Voices”
6:00 – 10:00 pm (“Ocean Voices” performances at 7:30 and 8:30 pm).

This is an ongoing event, on June 3 it has a speciall Ocean theme:
Every Thursday night, the Academy opens its doors from 6-10 pm for NightLife, a chance for adults to explore the museum in a whole new light. This week, the Academy celebrates World Oceans Day and the 100th anniversary of Jacques Cousteau’s birth with the debut performance of “Ocean Voices” by sound artist Halsey Burgund. Two of Jacques’s grandchildren, Celine Cousteau and Fabien Cousteau, will give a brief talk before each performance of “Ocean Voices.” Additionally, Crucible Industrial Arts will be on hand to create underwater scenes from blown glass, and Plastic Century will be unveiled, a new installation created by scientists, futurists and artists about the increasing amounts of plastic in our oceans since Jacques Cousteau’s birth. As always, visitors can also dance to one of San Francisco’s most popular DJs, enjoy food and cocktails, and mingle with the like-minded while exploring the Academy’s world-class exhibits and meeting aquarium critters. NightLife is for those ages 21 and over; a valid ID is required for entry.  Admission is $12 per person ($10 Academy  members). California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.  (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org/nightlife.