October 27, 2008
New exhibit opened November 15, 2008
On November 15, 2008 the Aquarium opened its new watershed environmental exhibition, classroom, and native garden, Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific. This exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about our local watersheds and what we can each do to protect them. It also teaches guests about sustainable water use options now and for the future.
Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific tells the story of the changing relationships of people within the San Pedro Bay drainage basin and their environment. Both students and visitors can interact with a three-dimensional watershed model. Guests can literally make it rain on the watershed to learn about what happens to the rain once it lands on our mountains and streets. Exhibit stations feature photos, hands-on interactives, and information that teaches about where our water comes from, what people can do at home to conserve the most water, and what our options are to sustain the supply of water needed for Southern California.
The Our Watersheds exhibit is surrounded by native plants found along the coastal areas of the San Pedro Bay watersheds. The green roof on the classroom features coastal shrubs and grasses. The Aquarium expects that the classroom will receive a LEED-platinum rating—the highest rating for a green design. In addition to being a fully functioning carbon-neutral classroom, this building serves as an example of alternative energy use, sustainable design, and water conservation and reuse.
Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekday mornings it will be used by school groups to educate students in this hands-on learning opportunity about our watersheds.
To learn more about watersheds, you are also invited to attend our guest lectures on watersheds. Tim Brick will speak on watersheds in Southern California on Thursday, November 13. Bill Deverell will explore the history of the Los Angeles Basin on Monday, December 8.