Pine Knoll Shores June 7, 2013 – Dive into ocean conservation during the World Oceans Day celebration June 8-9 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. This year’s theme is “together we have the power to protect the ocean.”
Visitors are invited to draw their favorite animal, plant, activity or other image relating to the ocean on a giant mural. The community artwork will be displayed at the Aquarium and posted on the Aquarium website and social media outlets. Visitors also can pledge to support ocean conservation through everyday choices such as recycling or replacing plastic shopping bags with the reusable variety. The small fry have their own pledge process in Discovery Classroom. Make your own take-home H2O Hero to photograph in ocean-saving activities for posting on the Aquarium sites. If you want to make it home, here’s a PDF pattern of the NC Aquarium H20 Hero.
These and other fun, hands-on activities, games and display throughout the Aquarium spotlight animal migrations, diversity of ocean life and ecosystems, deep-sea explorations, how the oceans make Earth habitable, the ocean’s influence on weather and the Earth’s features, and how humans and oceans are connected. The activities represent the seven principles of the Ocean Literacy Campaign. The wide-ranging collaboration of scientists and educators seeks to raise public awareness of the importance of the world’s seas and how to keep them healthy.
The annual worldwide World Oceans Day celebration is coordinated by The Ocean Project, a global network of about 1,700 partner zoos, aquariums, museums and other conservation organizations working to inspire action to protect the seas. World Oceans Day activities are available throughout the day and are free with admission or membership.