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Celebrate World Ocean Day June 7-8: Make Ocean Art, See Live Animals, and Meet the Experts

by Megan Chen -- Jun 2, 2015
Photo of Ocean Educator Megan Chen holding a manatee shoulder bone.

Megan is an Ocean Educator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History who specializes in fisheries and marine protected areas. She designs ocean-...

These cassiopea polyps, which will grow to become jellyfish, are feeding on brine shrimp eggs. See live jellyfish and crabs at the World Ocean Day celebrations, June 7-8 in Q?rius. Photo by Allen Collins, Smithsonian Institution.
These cassiopea polyps, which will grow to become jellyfish, are feeding on brine shrimp eggs. See live jellyfish and crabs at the World Ocean Day celebrations, June 7-8 in Q?rius. Photo by Allen Collins, Smithsonian Institution.

The ocean enriches us by providing food and other natural resources, supporting many industries and jobs, and underpinning much of our culture — not to mention producing half of the oxygen we breathe. Whether you live close to the ocean or not, you are connected to it, sometimes in surprising ways.

People rely on the ocean, but overfishing, unsustainable aquaculture, climate change, ocean acidification, and habitat destruction are compromising its health.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will be hosting a World Ocean Day Celebration, June 7-8, 2015, to encourage exploration, incite wonder, and raise awareness about ocean issues and solutions. This event coincides with World Oceans Day, an official day of celebration designated by the United Nations. Get to know our ocean from the surface to the deepest depths and everything in between. Talk with ocean experts, explore ocean science, discover ocean beauty, and express yourself through art. Whether you are a diehard ocean enthusiast or cautious about dipping your toe into water, there is something for everyone. Come away feeling inspired, and spread the ocean optimism!

Here’s a selection of events taking place in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center. (See complete schedule.)

  • Meet ocean experts; explore objects and specimens
  • See Live Jellyfish and Crabs: Get up close with these ocean animals
  • Draw Inspiration from the Sea: Watch Jim Toomey draw his comic strip, "Sherman’s Lagoon." 
  • Create Ocean Art: Unleash your inner artist through: Ocean Origami, Illustration Station, Trashy Jewelry and Bioluminescent Light Photography.
  • What is Beauty? Participate in the "What Is Beauty Cowrie Activity."
  • Film and Q&A: "The Great Tidepool: the story of Ed Ricketts’ Scientific System," with filmmakers Steve and Mary Albert and marine biologist Allen Collins

For kids ages 5-9, we recommend this event in Q?rius jr.:
Get Caught Engineering for the Ocean! Discover, build and create at ten hands-on stations—design a fish, test wave action, learn how whales stay warm and more! Sunday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Plus there will be a live performance suitable for the entire family in Baird Auditorium:
Honu by the Sea: Watch this family-friendly underwater musical, and meet the performers after the show. Sunday, June 7 from 1:00-1:45 p.m. and 3:30-4:15 p.m.

We'll also have many events in the Sant Ocean Hall; please visit the Ocean Portal website for the full schedule of activities. All events are free and open to the public. We hope to “sea” you here!

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