Thursday, May 14, 2009

May 2009

Giant Ocean TankTime for a Big Finish

Vote through Sunday!

There are only four more days of voting left in this year's "Partners in Preservation" grant contest, and we need your help. If the Aquarium gets the most votes, we will receive a $100,000 grant to restore the building's interior concrete to its original finish.

Please vote online every day until this Sunday, May 17. Voting is easy, and with just a few seconds of effort, you can have a big impact on the Aquarium's future!

Learn more about the Aquarium's Partners in Preservation effort. Vote every day on the Partners in Preservation page.

Celebrate World Oceans Day with the Aquarium

June 6-7, 2009

girls cleaning up beach

The world's oceans need our help! Protect the blue planet and promote ocean conservation with the New England Aquarium during our weekend-long World Oceans Day celebration. On Saturday, June 6, volunteer at one of our beach clean-ups, then visit us at Central Wharf on Sunday, June 7, for a World Oceans Day celebration on our plaza. Bring the family—it's a great way to help clean up our local beaches, raise awareness for ocean conservation and meet others who share your passion for the ocean and the magnificent creatures who inhabit it!

Beach Clean-Up: Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Carson Beach, South Boston
Wollaston Beach, Quincy
Revere Beach, Revere
Sign up now

World Oceans Day Festival: June 7, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New England Aquarium Plaza

Let's Go to the Movies

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius

Super-size your next date, family-bonding event or night out with friends by watching a film at the Simons IMAX Theatre on the largest screen in New England! Our current evening films offer entertainment for every type of viewer, and members save $2 on adult and child IMAX film ticket.

For the art critic: Van Gogh: Brush with Genius

For the action aficionado: The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience

For the rock-and-roller: U23D

Reserve Your Spot!

Celebrate Seafood Dinner Series

Join us for a gourmet evening of sustainable seafood. Each dinner features a delicious three-course meal paired with wine and fun and informative cooking demonstrations by Aquarium and special guest chefs. The event takes place in the Aquarium's Harbor View Cafe. Cost is $65 for members, $75 for non-members.

Next dinner:

June 23, with Special Guest Dan Enos of the Oceanaire Restaurant, highlighting crayfish, mahimahi and golden tilefish

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Earth-friendly gardening

New England certainly had its share of April showers this year, so hopefully your May flowers are currently in bloom. Your lawn and garden may be awash in beautiful colors, but how blue are they?, produced by National Geographic, offers an entire section on how to make your lawn and garden more eco-friendly. Pesticides and fertilizers often end up as runoff in our lakes and oceans, so keep our blue planet in mind and read their section on organic lawn care.

Happy Mother's Day, Right Whales!

Right whale mothers and calves

Endangered Right Whales Smash Birth Record

For decades, North Atlantic right whales have remained among the most endangered whales in the world, due in part to their very low reproductive rates. The entire population numbers less than 400 whales, and only a single calf was born in 2000. However, the recently concluded 2009 calving season saw a record 39 baby right whales born off the Florida and Georgia coasts. The old record of 31 was beaten by more than 25 percent!

This year's baby boom is to be celebrated, but North Atlantic right whales still have a very long road to recovery. New England Aquarium right whale scientists have been studying right whales and working toward their protection for more than 30 years.

Learn more about the Aquarium's right whale research.

Special Workshop for Educators

On the Waterfront: Integrating Science Standards through Classroom and Field Investigations

Monday, July 17 - Saturday, August 1

Educators, register now for this intensive, 6-day workshop that offers content background in ocean science and hands-on practice in inquiry-based activities adhering to state curriculum framework. Special emphasis will be placed on linking science and literacy through inquiry and scientific investigations. This workshop is most appropriate for 3rd through 8th grade teachers, and informal educators are welcome to apply. For more information, contact the Teacher Resource Center at

Make a Gift Today

Please consider making a charitable contribution to the New England Aquarium. We rely on our generous donors to contribute more than 30% of our operating budget. These funds support the educational, conservation and research programs that make the New England Aquarium a leader both locally and globally.

We need your support now more than ever. Gifts of any size make a difference! Please make a donation online today!

Now Playing at the Simons IMAX Theatre

Simons IMAX Theatre

New! Under the Sea

Wild Ocean 3D

Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius

The Dark Knight

Harbor Discoveries Camps

Our popular Harbor Discoveries Camps are almost sold out, but there are still a few spots left for energetic and enthusiastic young future ocean protectors. Your camper will return home brimming with ocean knowledge, great friendships and newfound independence!

Learn more about Harbor Discoveries Camps.

May 17

Family Field Trip

Up Close with Whales

May 26

Aquarium Lecture Series

Sharks in New England: A Closer Look

May 30

Family Field Trip

Morning with Horseshoe Crabs

June 1

Aquarium Lecture Series

Trash Fish or Getting Trashed: Skates in New England Waters

June 6

Ocean Detectives

Junior Detectives: Jellies

Advanced Detectives: Marine Mammals

June 8

Aquarium Lecture Series

The Spiny Dogfish: How a Voracious Predator Affects Ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine

June 20

Family Field Trip

Boston Harbor Ecology

Marine World in the News