Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center Network
The Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center (CELC) Network is a consortium of 25 aquariums and marine science education centers located in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. With a reach of over 20 million people, the CELC Network seeks to work together to engage the public in protecting coastal and marine ecosystems. The network is coordinated by NOAA’s Office of Education.
Featured Learning Centers:
Since opening in November 1992, Acuario de Veracruz has welcomed both national and international visitors to view its diverse range of aquatic and subaquatic local and foreign exhibits. The aquarium is an important source of knowledge in the marine field and works on specific conservation and protection programs for local species. Visit Acuario de Veracruzoffsite link
Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only Great Hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos, and one of only six facilities in the US to have Little Blue penguins as permanent residents. The Center for Aquatic Sciences, the non-profit partner of Adventure Aquarium, is in the midst of its 27th year of advancing an understanding of and concern for aquatic animals and their habitats. The Center’s mission is: “education and youth development through promoting the understanding, appreciation and protection of aquatic life and habitats.” In performing this mission, the Center strives to be a responsible member of the community, assisting in its economic and social redevelopment by providing opportunities for education, enrichment and employment. Visit Adventure Aquarium.offsite link
The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only facility of its kind in Alaska, combining a public aquarium with marine research, education, and wildlife response. It is Alaska’s only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility, and the state’s only facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. A uniquely-positioned cold water research center, the Alaska SeaLife Center is at the forefront of communication on climate change research and its impact on marine ecosystems. It contributes valuable scientific understanding of marine mammals, birds, and fish to the world, as well as informing the management of the region. Additionally, the Alaska SeaLife Center provides education outreach for over 165,000 students, national and international tourists, and Alaska residents each year. Visit Alaska SeaLife Centeroffsite link
The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. It displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Each year more than 1.5 million people visit the Aquarium. Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Through these programs and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science and learn more about our planet. The Aquarium of the Pacific has redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policymakers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions. Visit Aquarium of the Pacificoffsite link
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is the marine education and research facility for the state of Alabama. DISL’s programs include field-based classes with overnight accommodations for K-12 students and teachers, summer camps for K-12 students, professional development opportunities for teachers, a nationally recognized residential class in marine science for high school students, summer academic classes for undergraduate students, graduate classes and research programs throughout the year and a 12,500 ft2 public aquarium known as The Estuarium. With the diversity of its education, research and outreach activities, and its prime location on a barrier island, DISL functions as a truly comprehensive Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center. Visit Dauphin Island Sea Laboffsite link