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Third graders from Norwalk pose with former Dodgers pitcher Dennis Powell during a field trip sponsored by the Dodgers Foundation.

Southern California Edison Community Investment Manager Flor Tolley and Director of Philanthropy and Community Investment Tammy Tumbling present a check to Aquarium President and CEO Jerry Schubel, Vice President of Development Theresa Duncan, and Grants Manager Lindsay Yates.

The Aquarium of the Pacific has been “instilling a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems” since 1998. Through a variety of inspirational public lectures, engaging K-12 educational programs, and over 500 species of very special animal ambassadors, the Aquarium has become a true community resource for all those looking for the most up-to-date information on our shared environment, engaging and interactive animal experiences and opportunities for scientific learning that transcend the traditional classroom.

Did you know that your Aquarium:

  • Is the 4th most attended Aquarium in the country with more than 1.4 million annual visitors
  • Serves one of the most ethnically diverse audiences in the country
  • Cares for over 11,000 animal ambassadors, often performing more than 500 medical exams and procedures annually
  • Decreased water consumption by 32% and maintained consistent energy consumption over the last 8 years, all while attendance increased by 35%
  • Serves over 220,000 students, teachers and community members each year with more than 100 educational program offerings
  • Presents 21 cultural festivals annually
  • Hosts a nationally recognized public lecture series featuring leading scientists, authors and business leaders
  • Benefits from the generosity of over 1,300 volunteers

Did you also know that the Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit institution? Ticket sales and gift shop revenues only cover 75% of our annual operating costs. The contributions we receive from our donor community truly do make a tremendous difference in ensuring we are able to continue to provide the quality, mission-driven experiences our guests have come to expect from the Aquarium. From purchasing interactive toys for our sea otters to creating new state standards-based classroom experiences for our neighborhood school children, every dollar received has impact. And, every dollar counts. Please take a moment to explore the many ways, both large and small, that you can help your Aquarium found on the links to the left. This Aquarium was formed through a partnership with our community, and we hope to continue this powerful partnership with you for many years to come.

Thank you for your support!