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This blog is primarily geared toward staff at the zoos, aquariums, museums (ZAMs), and other conservation education organizations that are part of our growing global network. We aim to provide you with cutting edge, challenging, and creative information, ideas, and tools to become as effective as possible at communicating about and for conservation with your visitors and the public.

See our ongoing communications research, or join our growing network, at The Ocean Project's website.

May 21, 2009

"Wear Blue and Tell Two" for World Oceans Day

With the newly official World Oceans Day coming up June 8th, The Ocean Project encourages Partners to launch a "Wear Blue and Tell Two" campaign to celebrate. Participation is easy: wear blue in honor of the ocean, and tell people two things they likely don't know about the ocean and ways they can take action.

In honor of the ocean on this special day, we are asking individuals everywhere - especially those working at ZAMs, as well as those at NGOs, agencies, universities, schools, and businesses - to help spread the blue.

The Ocean Project's recent public opinion research - to be released publicly on June 3 - indicates that the public is looking to zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs) to learn more about ocean issues and how they can help; through this campaign, we hope to help our Partners find new ways to meet this need.

Learn more here!

May 7, 2009

Shark Trust Wines partners with The Ocean Project for World Oceans Day

Between now and World Oceans Day, June 8, Shark Trust Wines has generously offered to donate 30% of your total purchase to The Ocean Project. If you are planning an event - for business, a World Ocean Day celebration, or other large function - and need a few cases of wine, or if you'd just like to enjoy some fine wines and help protect and conserve our world's ocean at the same time, please make an ocean planet-protecting purchase today!

Shark Trust Wines goal is to bring great wine from around the globe to your table while actively spreading the message about the need for shark and ocean conservation and making it easy for people to make a difference through the donation of 10% of their profits. During the next few weeks, they are donating 30% of sales to The Ocean Project as a way to celebrate the recent official designation of World Oceans Day by the United Nations.

It's easy to place your order and help our ocean:
  1. Click to the website for Shark Trust Wines
  2. Take about 50 seconds to register
  3. Make your selections among their several excellent wines
  4. Type in the coupon code "TOP" so that we will receive a donation
  5. Submit your order and wait for the shipment to arrive and enjoy the wine!
And thank you from The Ocean Project!

May 6, 2009

World Oceans Day Artwork Contest for Kids

In anticipation of the upcoming World Oceans Day on June 8, we are collaborating with Surf Sweets, a natural and organic candy brand, on a World Oceans Day Artwork Contest for Kids. Kids ages 5-13 can enter their drawings that best illustrate “Why I Love the Ocean.”

This contest will be a valuable and fun way for kids to increase their personal connection with the ocean, to increase awareness of World Oceans Day among parents and families, and to celebrate this annual event.

Consumer entry forms and bookmarks include Action Tips for protection of our world’s ocean, and kids will have the opportunity to win framing of their artwork, Surf Sweets organic and natural candies, and tickets to their local zoo, aquarium, museum (ZAM), among other prizes.

For Ocean Project Partners, Surf Sweets is offering 5% off for orders shipped prior to World Oceans Day, and an additional 5% will be donated back to The Ocean Project.

For more information about the contest or product orders, contact Surf Sweets at info@surfsweets.com or visit the Surf Sweets website.

For more information about how you can use World Oceans Day as an opportunity for additional educational outreach to families, contact us here at The Ocean Project.

May 1, 2009

Funding Opportunity for Aquariums

Any AZA-accredited aquarium that doesn't yet know about the newest grant program from NOAA should read on and act quickly as the deadline for applications is coming up very quickly, immediately following the first 'official' World Oceans Day.

Also, if you are applying please know that The Ocean Project is interested in helping advance ocean conservation in partnership with you by expanding your collaborative reach through our growing network of 850 aquariums, zoos, science museums, conservation organizations and agencies. Please contact us if you will be submitting a proposal and interested in working with us in some capacity.

Title: NOAA's Ocean Education Grants for AZA Aquariums

The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications to support education projects designed to engage the public in activities that increase ocean and/or climate literacy and the adoption of a stewardship ethic. Funded projects will be between one and five years in duration and will support ocean education projects led by eligible applicants. Eligible applicants are only 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that are either (1) aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) or (2) have a legally sanctioned affiliation with an AZA-accredited aquarium. Organizations that do not meet these eligibility criteria are allowed to be partners on projects with the eligible applicant as the lead institution.

It is anticipated that recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made by August 30, 2009 and that projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2009. The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM EST on June 9, 2009.

Visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html for the full announcement and additional information.

This funding opportunity's Funding Opportunity Number for www.grants.gov is