The Oregon Coast Aquarium will host the annual SOLVE Spring Beach Cleanup on Saturday, March 23 at South Beach State Park from 10 AM to 1 PM.
Beach cleanup volunteers can expect hot drinks, snacks and raffle prizes rain or shine—as well as 10% off Aquarium admission for their stewardship. The Surfrider Foundation will also provide reusable straws to those who sign the “Rise Above Plastics Pledge.”
The Aquarium will also celebrate Animal Enrichment Day on Wednesday, March 27.
Animal Enrichment Day showcases the variety of ways that Aquarium staff keep our animals—from sea otters and harbor seals to octopuses and wolf eels—stimulated, healthy and entertained.
“Attending to an animal’s mental well-being is just as important as suitable housing, top-notch veterinary care and the best food available,” said Sage Butts, Assistant Curator of Fish and Invertebrates. “Aquarium staff meet this need by devising specialized items and experiences, called enrichment, that encourage natural behaviors.”
Guests will learn how enrichment keeps the Aquarium critters busy through animal presentations, guest displays and activity booths. They can try to paint like a sea lion, play sturgeon soccer and even learn how to enrich their own pets at home from the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Those impressed by our artistic pinnipeds can enter raffles to win a one-of-a-kind pinniped painting.
Enrichment Day activities are included with Aquarium admission, and every Wednesday, Lincoln County residents receive $5 admission. To accommodate spring break coastal visitors, the Aquarium will also stay open an extra hour, until 6 PM, from March 23 to April 7.
The Aquarium’s animal enrichment program is supported, in part, by donations. To contribute to the well-being of our 15,000 marine critters, shop the Aquarium’s animal enrichment wish list at bit.ly/enrichmentwishlist.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium creates unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon Coast and inspire ocean conservation. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.