Since we opened in 1984, more than two million schoolchildren and teachers have come through our doors—for free. We're the only aquarium in the nation providing free visits for schoolchildren, and we also offer in-depth programs for students and teachers that reach thousands more.
You can help by making an annual gift to our Children's Education Fund. For greater impact, gifts of $1,000 or more can be designated to our education endowment fund, established in 2011 to ensure that these programs continue in perpetuity.
At a time when there is declining support for public education and threats to the oceans are growing at an alarming rate, the need has never been more critical. In our classrooms and exhibit galleries, we help children discover the wonders of the ocean, home to so many intriguing and beautiful animals. Our hands-on approach creates an emotional connection that encourages learning and caring, and, ultimately, gives kids confidence that they can make a difference for the oceans.
Even for children living nearby, a visit to the Aquarium often marks the first time they've seen the ocean—hard to believe, but true.
These young people deserve our support and mentoring so they can become future ocean stewards. Please join us in making this possible for the thousands of schoolchildren who will benefit so much from your generosity.