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A Lasting Legacy in Tampa Bay

Conservation Inspiration through Art

Now - September 18 

As part of Super Bowl LV’s environmental efforts, The Florida Aquarium partnered with NFL Green and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee to leave a lasting legacy in Tampa Bay. During NFL Green Week’s Dive 55 effort in January 2021, led by Pepsi Stronger Together and FORCE BLUE, a team of retired special operations military veterans, collected debris in the Gulf of Mexico, including fishing ropes, crab trap buoys, and more. Students from Hillsborough County Public Schools used what was collected to bring creativity and conservation together to design a piece of art that connects to the Tampa Bay environment.

Because plastic waste is harming wildlife and wild places at record levels, the consumption of single-use plastics and flow of plastics reaching our waterways must be significantly reduced. By turning trash into treasure, these student art pieces are meant to inspire audiences to consider the impact of plastics on Tampa Bay’s wildlife. This project was made possible through the support of Erin Saldino, K-12 Supervisor of Visual & Theatre Arts Education for Hillsborough County Public Schools.

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Day of Discovery 

June 26 | 8:00 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. 

The Florida Aquarium, in partnership with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D.) at the University of South Florida, is hosting a Day of Discovery.

A Day of Discovery provides an Aquarium experience specifically tailored for the enjoyment of individuals with sensory differences and their families.  The entire campus will be open for exploring; including engaging touch habitats featuring moon jellies, stingrays, anemones and so much more! The Splash Pad will also be open – so plan to bring a bathing suit, water shoes (optional) and a towel.  Back by popular demand - the 501st Tampa Bay Legion! From a galaxy far, far away, this cast of characters will safely roam the Aquarium for an unforgettable adventure. Café Ray will also be open during this event. The admission to Day of Discovery is only for families and children with sensory differences and/or accessibility challenges. Special effects, lights and music will be adapted for those with sensory differences. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Parking is free in the Aquarium lot located north of the Aquarium off the east side of Channelside Drive at York Street.  Tickets are non-transferrable.

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