From November 21 through December 13, the Estuarium is joining more than 40 nonprofits in raising money to help make the South Puget Sound a stronger, more vibrant community for all.
Your gift will help us foster appreciation of our incredible estuary and marine resources in the Puget Sound. Visit https://givelocal.thecommunityfoundation.com/campaign/south-sound-estuary today, and make a donation that will be matched!
Our Give Local campaign is raising money for our amazing Estuarium facility, where more than 3,000 community members visit each year. Our facility features an astonishing diversity of live animals from intertidal environments in Puget Sound. The public can view live sea stars, crabs, sea cucumbers, chitons, fish, and much more in our saltwater tanks. We teach visitors how to identify animals, provide information about their adaptations, and inspire individuals to look for these creatures on our local beaches.
Your support is also needed to ensure we can continue to offer the Estuarium as a location for our K-12 field trips during which our educators provide lesson plans and activities that are aligned with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) standards. Your donation will allow us to focus on providing field trip opportunities especially to underprivileged, challenged, and English as a Second Language (ESL) children.
Thank you so much for your support and generosity!
Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? Here at the Estuarium, we value writers and literacy so much that we have not just one, but two libraries in our building! Many of you have now seen our new-and-improved children’s library, but have you ever checked out the David Jamison Memorial Reading Area in our back room? On the shelves you will find textbooks, field guides, travel essays, photo collections, and a healthy selection of historically important marine biology authors who have changed the world through their writing.
On November 15th at 7:00 PM the Estuarium is very excited to be hosting Lou McKee, author of the charming and beautifully illustrated Klee Wyck Journal: the Making of a Wilderness Retreat. Lou will be delivering a fun, engaging presentation and will have signed copies of the journal available for purchase after the event. Join us for this rare opportunity to meet such a talented local naturalist and writer.
The Estuarium provides excellent educational opportunities for all ages! If you would like to schedule a special visit to the Estuarium, please contact Taisha, Estuarium Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 16: 7:00 – 8:30 PM, LOTT WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia. Doors open at 6:30.
“Stormwater: Our Local Solutions” with presenters: Amy Georgeson, Tumwater Water Resources Specialist; Joe Roush, Olympia Environmental Services Supervisor; and Doug Christianson, Lacey Water Resources Engineer.
Refreshments provided by Washington Foundation for the Environment.
The 2017 – 2018 Discovery Speaker Series begins September 21st and continues the 3rd Thursday of each month through April (excluding December). Event is held at LOTT’S WET Science Center, 500 Adams NE, Olympia. Doors open at 6:30 pm with presentation from 7:00 to 8:30.
For more information on the series click here.
For all of June and July, the Estuarium explored the world of our mostly microscopic friends, plankton. Did you know that the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, only eats plankton? Incredible!
You can learn all about the whale shark and all the other hundreds of elasmobranch* species during Shark Month at the Estuarium each weekend in August. We will have games, books, activities, and special guests to help us discover why sharks are so fascinating and how we can protect our 11 local Puget Sound shark species. It’s going to be JAW-some!
*a big science word for sharks, skates, and rays
- August 12, 2 PM: Talking Sharks w/Sandy Zeiner, Estuarium
- August 26, 2 PM: SHARKS! w/Dr. Dayv Lowry, Estuarium