Aquarium on Wheels Brings Ocean Life within Reach
More than 40,000 visitors expected to benefit each year from Tesoro Foundation grant
The Aquarium of the Pacific unveiled its newly renovated outreach vehicle, the Aquarium on Wheels, at Elizabeth Hudson K-8 School in Long Beach earlier this year. The larger, more sustainable truck, which will serve nearly 40,000 students and community members annually, was made possible by a $200,000 grant from the Tesoro Foundation, presented at the 2015 Baja Splash Cultural Festival.
“At Tesoro, we are committed to supporting clean, safer, well-educated communities where we operate,” said Ken Dami, Director of Government and Public Affairs for Southern California. “We are proud to support the Aquarium of the Pacific and its efforts to provide extraordinary learning experiences that promote ocean science and environmental literacy among schoolchildren, families, and the community throughout Southern California.”
The revitalized Aquarium on Wheels contains a mobile tide-pool exhibit that allows visitors to touch live ocean animals while learning about marine habitats from an Aquarium educator. The 35-foot long vehicle, with more than 10 species of marine life on board and state-of-the-art aquarium technology to keep the animals safe, travels nearly 10,000 miles each year to schools, community events and other public programs to encourage science education and interactive learning.
“The Aquarium on Wheels allows us to take the Aquarium experience beyond our walls and share the wonder of ocean life with schoolchildren and the general public,” said Jerry Schubel, president and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific. “Tesoro Foundation supports the Aquarium’s quest to instill in students a passion for science to help them understand and help sustain vibrant ecosystems and prepare for promising science careers.”
Read more articles: Tesoro Los Angeles community newsletter – fall 2016