May 7, 2009
On May 5, 2009 one of St. Paul the Apostle’s first grade students from Los Angeles became the Aquarium of the Pacific’s two millionth education visitor. St. Paul the Apostle’s received the gift of adopting their favorite Aquarium animal when they pushed attendance over this historic milestone. Over the past 10 years, the Aquarium’s education department has served students on field trips, and the general public in a variety of educational programs. From classes for toddlers and their parents and kayaking trips for adults to serving over 100,000 students annually, the education department has been busy helping the Aquarium fulfill its mission of “instilling a sense of wonder respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems.”
“The education department is proud to be a part of the diverse Southern California community. Our school programs make science education engaging and appropriate by connecting to required California State Science standards curriculum,” said Dave Bader, Aquarium of the Pacific school programs manager. “Our public programs aim to enrich the community using our wondrous natural marine resources as a platform for engagement in science and art,” said Bader.
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s education department will continue to serve its community through its educational programs, which have served two million people to date. “We look forward to serving millions of more people in the future who we hope to inspire to become stewards of our ocean,” said Bader.