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November 17, 2008

Aquarium Receives Grant From Oregon Community Foundation

Funds are earmarked for the Ocean Literacy and Conservation Education Collaborative The Oregon Coast Aquarium was awarded a grant in the amount of $35,000 by the Betty Lou Roberts Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to fund a new position of School Liaison. The grant supports the Ocean Literacy and Conservation Education Collaborative, a partnership of numerous research and education pa... more

November 12, 2008

Aquariums Swap Harbor Seals

Mammalogists at Oregon Coast Aquarium and Seattle Aquarium collaborate in captive breeding program The Oregon Coast Aquarium exchanged a female harbor seal for a male harbor seal from the Seattle Aquarium in hopes of producing pups. The Oregon Coast Aquarium exchanged 22 year old female, “Pinky,” for 9 1/2 year old male, “Q”, who is currently becoming acclimated to his holding pool. In a ... more

November 05, 2008

The Sea Of Lights Dec. 5 And 6

The annual holiday festival Dec. 5 and 6 benefits Lincoln County Food Share The Oregon Coast Aquarium will host its 16th Annual Sea of Lights Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm both evenings. A tradition for many families, visitors come from all over the region to enjoy a weekend shopping, attending the Sea of Lights in the evening and spending time together. The enti... more

October 30, 2008

Creatures Again Breaks Attendance Record

The Aquarium’s annual Halloween party also collected more food for Lincoln County Food Share than ever before Creatures of the Night, the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s 16th annual Halloween party, broke its attendance record for the third year in a row last Saturday with 2,754 people attending and contributing a total of 4,900 pounds of donations for Lincoln County Food Share, 1,525 more than last... more

October 28, 2008

Aquarium Opens Programs To Home School Groups

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has opened all of its education programs to include home school groups this year. Sean Nolan, Aquarium Academic Programs Coordinator, announced the change in response to increasing numbers of home schooled students in the Pacific Northwest. “Home school parents often don’t have access to the same kinds of educational resources that public schools have,” said Nolan. “Th... more

October 06, 2008

Creatures Of The Night To Haunt Aquarium October 25

Admission is two items of food for Lincoln County Food Share Every year at this time the Oregon Coast Aquarium closes its doors early and quietly mutates into something very strange. The lovely wooded grounds are transformed into an ominous landscape with haunted caves and foggy courtyards summoning all manner of ghosts, ghouls and creepy characters to partake in its annual soiree of the sin... more

September 19, 2008

Come To The Jellyfish Jubilee!

The Aquarium is ready for its first fundraiser September 27 The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be decked out in all its finery for the Jellyfish Jubilee: A Celebration of Food and Wine September 27. The event, benefitting the Aquarium’s exhibits and education programs, will be an annual affair, offering an evening of Northwest cuisine and wines as well as a silent auction and live music at the A... more

September 10, 2008

Sea Otter Awareness Week September 21-27

Activities will inform visitors about the loveable marine mammals The Oregon Coast Aquarium will observe Sea Otter Awareness Week September 21-27, 2008, a week-long event to educate the public about the integral role that sea otters play in the marine ecosystem. The event will include talks by mammalogists, sea otter crafts and an abundance of literature about sea otters’ natural history and... more

September 05, 2008

Aquarium President Accepts Position In Ohio

Schmidt will move closer to family in the Midwest Dale Schmidt, Oregon Coast Aquarium President and Chief Executive Officer, submitted his notice of resignation this week after accepting a position as Assistant Zoo Director and Chief Operating Officer at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio. The move will bring Schmidt closer to his family in the Midwest. A national search for Sch... more

August 26, 2008

Aquarium Holds Workshop For International Veterinary Students

The workshop focused on specialties of fish medicine The Oregon Coast Aquarium hosted 15 students and veterinarians from around the world last week in a special two day workshop focusing on veterinary medicine of “exotics” including a lecture and hands-on training. The students came from Mexico, Germany, England, Holland, Switzerland and the US (Oregon and California). The workshop was th... more