Mission: The aquarium of the pacific's mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the pacific ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.
Programs: Animal care - the aquarium's husbandry department oversees all of the care, feeding, and life support systems needed to support over 11,000 animals representing over 500 species in more than 50 exhibits, including several touch tank experiences. Sea lions, sea otters, sharks, rays, diving birds, sea jellies, corals, sea dragons, turtles, and fish of all types from temperate to tropical species are on display. Caretaking includes feeding of the highest quality sustainable seafood available, monitoring water quality and all life support systems, medical exams and routine procedures, and providing proper exhibit and behind the scenes space available to the animals.
guest services - responsible for all guest interactions except for education and interpretation. Collect funds from on-site visitors, ensure safety and cleanliness of the facility
education - the aquarium's education programs are designed to foster connections between people and the ocean, and to advance science learning for a broad range of learners of all ages and backgrounds. At the heart of the aquarium's education department are over 40 classroom and auditorium programs that align with california mandated science k-12 standards, complementing and reinforcing what students learn in their regular classrooms, and exposing them to a unique, hands-on learning experience. We also serve title i and other disadvantaged students through our scholarship program, on-site free admission or a visit to the school site by aquarium on wheels. The aquarium on wheels, our outreach vehicle has served an average of 39,000 students and community members annually with educational presentations and interactive touch tanks.
enterprise development - create or research products for sale that reflect the public's direct experience in the aquarium, including original books interpreting the visitor experience, and merchandise to educate and remind the visitor of their experiences at the aquarium.
I've been a volunteer and member at the Aquarium of the Pacific for 14 years, and each time I walk in, it feels like a brand new experience. I look for what's been changed or added, or something I may have missed before. With so many exhibits, there’s always something new.
When we help the school children who are assigned to find different things throughout the Aquarium during their field trips, their enthusiasm and excitement is just incredible to watch! I've worked with the Deaf and Deaf/Blind children by describing and helping them touch something they have never touched before like a sea star or baby shark. Seeing them laugh and scream with excitement is more rewarding than anything I can think of.
The Aquarium is a place that offers so much more than just looking at a fish and exhibits, it provides life changing experiences. If you haven’t been yet, come see it for yourself – you won’t regret it!