|GO GREEN-Visit the Aquarium!|
|Written by Stephanie Brown|
|Wednesday, 11 April 2012 18:44|
As I mention a lot in our blogs and social media posts, part of the green movement is being educated on certain issues affecting the environment. A great way to get in some learning for you and your family while having fun is to visit your local museums or aquarium. After living in San Diego for nearly 2 years, I have finally made it to Birch Aquarium!
Growing up, my parents made sure that I was exposed to wildlife and taught me that I need to respect it. I understood that when I stepped out the front door, I was in their territory. This is a major problem with the generation today. They are indoors, stuck on video games, and missing all of the life in their backyard. It is the responsibility of parents and educators to show kids what the world of science in the environment entails.
Birch aquarium was such an awesome experience! Not only did I learn about species that I never knew existed, but I got to see the types of animals that are in my area, how humans affect their habitats, and what we can do to help. I did get a little frustrated when I saw three large eels crammed into a tank I thought was too small! I’m not a fan of animals in captivity but if we are nurturing them and trying to learn more about their species, then I don’t think it’s too harmful.
One thing that really caught my eye at the aquarium was all of the information they had on coral bleaching, global warming, and energy saving. There were a lot of interactive models where explorers could see the pros and cons of every day behaviors and also the energy required to power an incandescent light bulb vs. the common energy saving bulb.
(The Bleached Coral reef looks bright because the coral is lightening up and losing its colors vs. the healthy coral reef, you can see more vibrant colors)
Also impressing me was the activity sets in the gift shop. There were a handful of recylable projects that kids can do to learn more about the importance of being eco-friend and how cool things can come out of items that people claim as trash. I look forward to going back to the aquarium and learning more!