Aqua Kids has worked with many outstanding organizations.
We’re proud to count them as our friends!
Sea Inspiration, formerly PlanSEA.org, is a 501(c)(3), non-profit video production company based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The organization was founded in 2009 when its members recognized the need for a comprehensive media approach to educating the next generation about the importance of becoming good stewards of the sea.
Sea Inspiration has established numerous partnerships and support in its initial years with organizations such as NOAA, Google Oceans, Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Foundation and many more.
Sea Inspiration brings opportunities for healing to people and the sea. They offer inspirational experiences and share uplifting stories to help us all understand the healing energy of the ocean, and how and why we must protect it.
They focus their efforts on three groups of people: children with medical challenges, active/veteran U.S. military personnel and first responders who have been injured during their service. In a fun, supportive atmosphere, adults and children alike enjoy feelings of exhilaration and confidence as they experience ocean adventures like surfing, paddling, snorkeling, canoeing, and swimming with marine wildlife. For some, skydiving and other activities are possible too!
Old Woman Creek
National Estuarine Research Reserve
Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve is part of a network of 28 coastal reserves connected nationally through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to address state and regional coastal management needs through research, education, and stewardship. The National Estuarine Research Reserve System uses its network of living laboratories to help understand and find solutions to crucial issues facing America’s coastal communities.
The Barnegat Bay Partnership (formerly the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program) is one of 28 Congressionally designated National Estuary Programs throughout the United States working to improve the health of nationally significant estuaries. The program is sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and Ocean County College.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. VIMS provides these services to Virginia, the nation, and the world. The School of Marine Science (SMS) at VIMS is the graduate school in marine science for the College of William & Mary. Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States.
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Island, North Carolina, is dedicated to the conservation and protection of all species of marine turtles, both in the water and on the beach. Their mission: to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured sea turtles; to inform and educate the public regarding the plight of all sea turtles and the threat of their extinction; and to provide an experiential learning site for students of biology, wildlife conservation, and/or veterinary medicine from around the world. Jean Beasley, Executive Director (known affectionately as “Miss Jean” to the Aqua Kids) was named Animal Planet’s 2007 ‘Hero of the Year’ as well as Oceana’s ‘Ocean Hero of the Year’ for 2013!
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the lead stewardship agency for the preservation and protection of North Carolina’s outstanding natural resources. The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public’s health. DENR also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DENR facilities and through the state’s school system. Through its natural resource divisions, DENR works to protect fish, wildlife and wilderness areas. The agency’s activities range from helping to make sure drinking water is safe to managing state parks and forests for safe and enjoyable outdoor recreation experiences.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute – Since 1971, the shared vision of founder J. Seward Johnson, Sr., and inventor Edwin A. Link to explore, protect and wisely use the oceans’ resources has shaped the work at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Today, articulated as Ocean Science for a Better World®, this same vision drives more than 160 Harbor Branch scientists, engineers and support staff to be leaders in ocean-related innovation, exploration, research, education and conservation.
The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, the most recent addition to the National Estuarine Reserve System, is one of 28 areas across the country designated for long-term research on coastal resources and the human populations those resources support. The Lake Superior NERR is located along a river-to-lake gradient at the confluence of the St. Louis River and Lake Superior, the largest and most pristine of the Great Lakes.The Superior-Duluth harbor is one of the largest ports in the U.S. The Reserve works in partnership to improve the understanding of Lake Superior freshwater estuaries and coastal resources and to address the issues affecting them through an integrated program of research, education, outreach, and stewardship.
Greater Newark Conservancy promotes environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities. Founded in 1987, the Conservancy has four program areas–environmental education, community greening and gardening, job training and advocacy for environmental justice. Greater Newark Conservancy is a proud member of Earth Share New Jersey and is a part of a nationwide network of the world’s most respected environmental and conservation organizations.
The Alaska Office of Tourism endeavors to stimulate sustainable, diversified economic growth and job opportunities in Alaska through tourism development, while strengthening cultural values and maintaining quality of life for Alaskans. The mission is accomplished by providing training, research, and information, as well as planning, business development and product development assistance to communities, businesses, agencies and residents.
Founded in 1998, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is the lead state agency for tourism. Among its responsibilities, the HTA’s is charged with: (1) Setting tourism policy and direction with the goal of contributing to the ongoing, sustainable growth of Hawaii’s economy (2) Developing and implementing the State’s tourism marketing plan and efforts (3) Managing programs and activities to sustain a healthy visitor industry (4) Developing and implementing the Hawaii Tourism Strategic Plan (5) Coordinating tourism-related research, planning, promotional and outreach activities with the public and private sectors.
Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy.
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, FL situated between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state and nationally recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS to people of all ages and conducts RESEARCH and RESTORATION programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife manages the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System of more than 551 National Wildlife Refuges and thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. Under the Fisheries program we also operate 70 National Fish Hatcheries, 65 fishery resource offices and 86 ecological services field stations. The vast majority of fish and wildlife habitat is on non-Federal lands. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Partners in Flight, Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, and other partnership activities are the main ways we foster aquatic conservation and assist voluntary habitat conservation and restoration.
The Service employs approximately 9,000 people at facilities across the U.S. The Service is a decentralized organization with a headquarters office in Washington, D.C., with regional and field offices across the country. Our organizational chart shows structure and also provides information on senior management.
Within their two buildings, you’ll trace the path of water from the mountains to the sea. Come face-to-face with the fascinating native animals that live in your backyards and the amazing creatures that thrive in some of the most remote locations on Earth. Celebrate the rich biodiversity of the Southeast through exhibits and see how the Tennessee Aquarium is actively engaged in preserving and restoring that biodiversity through their work in the field. The Aquarium’s research arm, the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, has a focused expertise in restoring freshwater ecosystems and helping people appreciate the need for environmental health in their region.
Chesapeake Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, MD dedicated to protecting Chesapeake landscapes that are vital to the health of the Bay and its cultural heritage. With a regional population approaching 18 million and growing and with tens of thousands of acres of open space vanishing each year, the Conservancy strives to restore the health of the Bay and its rivers by preserving working farms and forests and protecting the region’s rich history and character, ensuring a brighter future for the Bay for generations to come.
Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.
Mission Blue is a global initiative formed in response to Sylvia Earle’s 2009 TED Prize wish. Dr. Earle urged people “to use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.” An international coalition of partners dedicated to ocean conservation, research, exploration, policy, technology and communication coalesced around Mission Blue, orchestrated by the nonprofit Sylvia Earle Alliance (SEAlliance) and TED. Decades of overfishing, pollution, climate change, acidification and other human pressures threaten the fundamental nature of the ocean — and therefore threaten the future of humankind. Presently, a small fraction of 1 percent of the ocean is fully protected nationally and internationally. There is time, but not a lot, to take care of the ocean that takes care of us.
Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay. Serving as a watchdog, we fight for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Our motto, “Save the Bay,” is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake’s six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 17 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals.
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is a “home away from home” for the Aqua Kids. The North Carolina Aquariums operate three facilities located on Roanoke Island, at Pine Knoll Shores, and at Fort Fisher. The Aquariums were established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina’s oceans, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments.
Maryland Sea Grant, part of the University System of Maryland, plays an important role in the network of organizations working to preserve and restore the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal waters. Maryland Sea Grant serves as a bridge between scientific expertise and the needs of people who manage, conserve, enjoy, and make their living from the Chesapeake Bay, America’s largest and most productive estuary.
The Connecticut Sea Grant College Program is a unique partnership between the nation’s universities and its primary ocean agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The University of Connecticut is our State’s Sea Grant College. Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) collaborates with maritime industries and coastal communities to identify needs, and fund research, outreach, and educational activities that have special relevance to Connecticut and Long Island Sound.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum was founded in 1965 on Navy Point in St. Michaels, a Talbot County riverfront village on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Today, there are 35 buildings, 10 of which house exhibitions that are open to the public. Ten exhibition buildings trace the geological, social, and economic history of the Chesapeake Bay through the age of sail and the steamboat era to the advent of the gasoline and diesel-powered engines. The Museum’s Howard Chappelle research library holds more than 10,000 volumes. The Museum’s collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft is the largest in existence numbering about 85 boats. Eleven of the collection’s largest vessels are on floating display at the Museum’s docks. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is the only museum devoted to interpreting the entire maritime region of the Bay.
The Marine Academy of Science and Technology is a four-year college preparatory program with a thematic, research-based focus on technology and the marine sciences. Located within Gateway National Park, Sandy Hook, New Jersey, MAST is administered by the Monmouth County Vocational School District and is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology. MAST provides a learning environment that allows for valid, meaningful scientific research using a wide variety of technologies, helping students become continuous learners with science, math, and technology skills equipped for the 21st Century.
NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. Our services include daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society. WHOI offers a variety of facilities and services for use by WHOI researchers and external groups and organizations.
To challenge middle school students to realize that their attitudes and actions have a lasting impact on their future, the environment and the people around them by using Common Core and Next Generation Science standards, character development, and the outdoors as an integrating context.
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia is the world’s largest aquarium and one of Atlanta’s feature attractions! With eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you have never seen before!
The Virginia Aquarium – Come explore over 700,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and live animal habitats in the country at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Check out our hundreds of hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. Plus you won’t want to miss our 3D IMAX® Theater. Of course with a screen six stories tall and eight stories wide, it’d be impossible to miss!
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit education and ocean conservation facility located on the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach County, Florida. The facility houses a variety of exhibits, live sea turtles and other coastal creatures. Exhibits include a massive prehistoric Archelon sea turtle replica, salt water aquaria and displays of local wildlife, as well as educational displays about South Florida’s marine environment.