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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.

June 28, 2011

Highlights from World Oceans Day 2011!

See our post on the World Oceans Day blog for a look at some of the cool events held this year. If you have any more information don't hesitate to contact us.

June 24, 2011

TOP Partner Satisfaction survey raffle winners!

We are pleased to announce our 4 winners for our Maui Jim sunglasses:

Megan Ennes
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, North Carolina

Lori Mellenbruch
Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku, Hawaii

R. Allard
Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona

Cathy Lane
C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia

Thank you to everyone for completing our survey! We received more than 400 responses and are working on making sense of them now!

June 22, 2011

Small Grants Program Funding Opportunity

Have a great idea for advancing conservation? We just launched our latest round of Small Grants RFP for projects. In April, our advisory panel selected proposals from three organizations – Aquarium of the Bay, Detroit Zoological Society, and Utah's Hogle Zoowhich will be implementing projects that integrate The Ocean Project’s market research findings. 

And now we’re looking for more! If you have a project with a focus on reaching out to youth and/or minorities to promote conservation action, we want to hear from you. Click here for more details!  

June 17, 2011

World Oceans Day 2011 was a huge success!

Thanks to people like you, approximately 400 events were held in 70 countries to celebrate World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day was also buzzing online this year!  In the past month, it was mentioned in 3,759 web articles and 8,417 tweets. We also doubled our fans on Facebook, so more people around the world can connect for the ocean! There were write-ups and mentions on sites like Treehugger, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Washington Post, the Toronto Star, and many more! We know that next year is going to be even bigger and better!

Because of the importance of youth in helping with ocean conservation, the theme for 2012 remains the same:
Youth: the Next Wave for Change, so start planning your events for 2012 now. Visit this site often for new info, resources, and discussion about June 8th and ocean conservation.

We want your pictures and videos! The Ocean Project is preparing our annual World Oceans Day highlights and we want to hear from you. If you have pictures, video, press coverage, etc. of a World Oceans Day event please share with the community. You can post it on our Facebook wall or email it to us at aisakower@theoceanproject.org.

And don’t forget to send a Maui Jim lei on Facebook! It’s free, and once the Aloha-o-meter fills up, $10,000 will be donated to support World Oceans Day.

June 8, 2011

Happy World Oceans Day!

Happy June 8th everybody! We hope you're joining the world in the globe's biggest ocean celebration today: World Oceans Day!

Don't forget the Twitter party at 7pm tonight:
  • Are you on Twitter?
  • Do you love the ocean?
  • Could you use some earth-friendly all natural and organic delicious free candies?

Join The Ocean Project and Surf Sweets at 7pm on today June 8th for a half hour of ocean discussion, Q & A, and chances to win fun prizes.

Starting at 7pm, join us by tweeting the hashtag #WOD (or #WorldOceansDay). Your tweets will enter you to win treats from our partners, and the conversation will stimulate your mind!

Surf Sweets is also holding a photo contest to celebrate World Oceans Day:

Whole Foods Market and Surf Sweets are celebrating our oceans the entire month of June. Grab Chewy Hughy and take him on an adventure involving water; the beach, zoo, aquarium, park or anywhere you have fun with water. Snap a pick with Chewy Hughy and submit it to info@surfsweets.com for your chance to win! Pick up Chewy Hughy in store or download here.

And the prizes are awesome! $100 gift card to Whole Foods, a year's supply of Surf Sweets, and more.

Complete contest rules are on the Chewy Hughy flier attached to this post. Enjoy!