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    Aquarium Of The Pacific’s Earth Day Celebration

    The Shark Lagoon features more than 150 sharks.
    The Shark Lagoon features more than 150 sharks.
    Visitors to the Aquarium of the Pacific during its 11th annual Earth Day Celebration, A Celebration of Our Ocean Planet, April 9 and 10, 2011, will learn what they can do to help the ocean planet. The Aquarium’s Earth Day event has been going on for more than a decade and features leading environmental organizations in addition to interactions with animals.

    The fourth largest aquarium in the United States,Aquarium of the Pacific has more than 50 exhibits showcasing more than 11,000 animals.Highlights include marine exhibits of three distinct regions of the Pacific Ocean — the icy Northern Pacific, the temperate Southern California/Baja Pacific and the Tropical Pacific.

    The Northern Pacific Gallery features the amusing sea otters and mysterious giant Pacific Octopus. The 142,000-gallon, three-story Blue Cavern marks the entrance of the Southern California/Baja Gallery which contains 18 aquatic exhibits including the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat. The Tropical Pacific is the Aquarium’s largest exhibit and features the beautiful marine life characteristic of the island nation of Palau, including magnificent coral, sea turtles, sharks, and colorful exotic fish.

    “The Aquarium’s mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems. This celebration is a weekend of family fun celebrating Earth Day while learning simple, everyday tips to protect our environment,” says Marilyn Padilla, Senior Manager of Media Relations for Aquarium of the Pacific.“Our guests will be able to visit booths from various earth-friendly organizations and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations. It is an event for all ages.”

    The Aquarium’s Earth Day Celebration will present eco-solutions and information on diverse topics including sustainable seafood, water conservation, pollution prevention, green architecture, native gardening, preservation of natural resources, local watershed education, native habitat restoration and preservation, repopulation and protection of wild species.

    A steward of our planet’s natural beauties, Aquarium of the Pacific received the Super Nova Star Award by the Alliance to Save Energy for being the nation’s most energyefficient business with revenues under $150 million in 2009. A leader in green business practices, the Aquarium has increased attendance by 35 percent without increasing its carbon footprint — energy use, water use, and carbon emissions have been reduced for the past eight years.

    Admission and Hours
    General Admission: $24.95 adult (12+), $21.95 senior (62+),
    $12.95 child (three to 11), and free for children three and under,
    as well as Aquarium members. For Earth Day weekend, visit
    www.aquariumofthepacific.org for details on a special “Green Discount.”
    The Aquarium of the Pacific is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the
    year, except December 25 and during the weekend of the Toyota Grand
    Prix in Long Beach (April 15 to 18, 2011)
    The parking structure is on the waterside of Shoreline Drive between
    Chestnut Place and Aquarium Way. There is an $8 cash only, flat rate.
    Getting There
    Take I-10 West for about 57 miles. Then, merge onto I-215 South toward
    Riverside. Continue onto CA-91 West. In 53 miles, merge onto I-710
    South toward Long Beach. Take Exit 1C on the left for Downtown Long
    Beach/Convention Center/Aquarium. Merge onto West Shoreline Drive.
    Turn right onto Aquarium Way. Travel time from the Coachella Valley
    takes approximately two hours and 15 minutes.
    For More Information
    Aquarium of the Pacific
    100 Aquarium Way • Long Beach, California 90802
    562-590-3100 • www.aquariumofthepacific.org
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