Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Celebrates Earth Day||
When one lives in a city as breathtakingly beautiful and unique as Santa Monica, inevitably that city will be shared with visitors.
By Daniel Larios
April 22, 2014 -- Water covers two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, which is the same ratio of water in the human body. Patrons can learn more fun fact like this, as well as enjoy a day of special Aquarium activities, at Santa Monica’s Heal the Bay Earth Day celebration.
The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with a Heal the Bay-sponsored designer sandcastle building contest. Sandcastles designed by architectural firms, design shops, entertainment studios, along with other businesses and civic groups will be on display.
Afterwards, visitors are invited to build their own sand sculptures from noon to 2 p.m in a “family-friendly contest” sponsored by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds.
The initiative seeks to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The contest is run by the Aquarium staff, who will provide buckets and shovels.
To connect with the conservation message of the day, Aquarium staff will lead a “Nothin’ But Sand” beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon on the north side of the Santa Monica Pier.
The Earth day festivities will not only focus on ecology, but also biology, according aquarium officials.
Naturalists will be on hand with field guides and binoculars for bird watching and visitors will be given sifters to check out the wildlife of the sandy shoreline.
Underwater photographer and author Richard Salas will be on hand to share some of his favorite images of marine life and tell stories of how he captured his subjects on film.
The marine science center will also host scavenger hunts, face painting and craft stations, where visitors can create take-home fish pendants and flowerpots.
For more information, visit http://www.healthebay.org/get-involved/events or call 310-393-6149.
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