SLC Aquarium Celebrates World Oceans Day June 6

Sein the Indian River Lagoon on Saturday, June 6 at SLC Aquarium's World Ocean Day Celebration.
Everyone is invited to join in on the global celebration of World Ocean Day with the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ocean is the heart of our planet, connecting people across the Earth, no matter where they live. We play in it, eat food from it, work on it, and breathe because of it – what better reasons can you think of to celebrate the world’s ocean?

Come to the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium, on June 6th from 10 a,n, – 3 p.m. and enjoy learning stations, crafts, face painting, seining demonstrations in the Indian River Lagoon, and other activities all centered around the Earth’s indispensable marine resources. The first 50 children 12 years old and under will receive a free gift bag filled with educational materials.

Seining demonstrations will be offered every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  The demonstrations will give families the opportunity to get their feet wet (literally!) in the Indian River Lagoon by collecting animals - including crabs, pipefish, sea slugs and more - in the same manner as Smithsonian researchers and aquarists!  Participants wishing to enter the water must wear protective footwear, such as water shoes or old sneakers, to participate in seining demonstrations and children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 

Admission to the Aquarium, located at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors (55+) and children. World Ocean Day activities are included with Aquarium admission.  Please contact Jasmine Wanek at 772-465-3271 for more information. 

The Smithsonian is proud to be a part of The Ocean Project, an international network of about 2,000 aquariums, zoos, museums, and conservation organizations working to coordinate meaningful events worldwide.  World Oceans Day – held on June 8 of each year – is an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. This year’s theme is “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”, focusing on the actions we can take to ensure a healthy ocean future. For more information on this global initiative, visit: For more on the Ocean Project, visit

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit is located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce.  The Smithsonian Marine Station teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to create this unique educational facility.  The Ecosystems Exhibit is an outreach effort of the Smithsonian Marine Station, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.  A fixture in the Fort Pierce community for more than 40 years, the Marine Station is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida.

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