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Maryland 21202

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Programs: The Aquarium's Conservation Education programs are designed to reach a variety of audiences. Over 220,000 students and teachers participate in on-site programs annually; 70,000 to 90,000 more participate in our outreach programs.Educational publications, such as our interdisciplinary middle school curriculum, Living in Water, reach an international audience.Conservation programs are integrated based on three critical areas: Ocean Health, the Chesapeake Bay, and Global Biodiversity. Programs and projects include:Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP). MARP's primary function is to rescue stranded marine animals in emergency situations, provide extensive rehabilitation and, if possible, release the animals back into the wild. To date, the program has rescued 49 pinnipeds (seals, walruses, and sea lions), 29 sea turtles, 31 cetaceans, and one Florida manatee. MARP has been able to successfully return 28 of these animals back into the wild.Captive Breeding Programs: Captive breeding programs such as these help protect threatened species and eliminate some of the need to collect wild specimens. Sixteen species of rain forest birds have been successfully bred at the Aquarium. We were also the first US zoo or aquarium to breed the rare blue poison dart frog (Dendrobates azureus).Regional Conservation Efforts: Because the tidal wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay region in which the Aquarium is located are vital filters of pollutants and habitat sources for numerous species of plants and animals, the Aquarium is currently involved in community-based projects to restore regional habitats and to create an educated and trained volunteer base to encourage widespread conservation activities.

Through transforming experiences, the National Aquarium inspires people to enjoy, respect, and protect the aquatic world.
Our Values:
  • Passion for stewardship of aquatic life and conservation
  • Excellence in our standards of animal care
  • Commitment to create fun, engaging, and educational experiences for everyone
  • Leadership that inspires trust and partnership
  • Teamwork that thrives on inclusion
  • Accountability for fiscal strength
  • Quality that honors our name “National Aquarium”
Our Vision:

Embracing these values, the National Aquarium Institute will inspire our visitors and partners to celebrate and nurture the world’s aquatic habitats from tropical rain forests to coral reefs; from our Chesapeake Bay to the world’s oceans.

Through pioneering science, conservation, and educational programming, we will confront the pressing issues facing global aquatic habitats. Our legacy to future generations is a world in which aquatic habitats are preserved and restored.


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Our 8 year old son is growing up with yearly visits to the National Aquarium. Besides the education factor, the FUN and stimulation of the WOW exhibits makes a difference in his life! Great staff who cares for the visitor and their animals! What a safe, clean, and FUN adventure at the Inner ... more »
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Every time I visit the National Aquarium with my family, we see a new animal, learn a new fact, enjoy a new interaction, and reinforce our collective believe that there is a greater power in our universe. The Aquarium is one of the few remaining public venues that can entertain and educate a group ... more »
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