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SPOTLIGHT: S.C. Aquarium

Staff Report //March 9, 2018//

SPOTLIGHT: S.C. Aquarium

Staff Report //March 9, 2018//

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A Closer Look

2017 Top achievements:

The opening of Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™, a state-of-the-art sea turtle rehabilitation facility and educational exhibit that teaches more than 450,000 annual guests about sea turtle conservation. The South Carolina Aquarium also launched two major regional conservation programs: the Resilience Initiative for Coastal Education (RICE) to educate the community about planning for rising sea levels, as well as the production of Breaking Down Plastic, a conference that brought together environmentalists, scientists and students from around the globe to discuss the effects of plastic pollution on marine and human health.

2018 Goals:

The Aquarium plans to upfit Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™ with distance-learning technology to enable us to broadcast directly from the facility to schoolchildren throughout South Carolina, and beyond. Additionally, we will debut a documentary on resilience in partnership with South Carolina ETV, and continue our efforts through the plastic pollution initiative to raise awareness for the escalating threat of plastic pollution on sea turtles and other marine animals.

Fundraising events: 

Sea Life by Starlight – Dec. 9, 2017, at the South Carolina Aquarium. Proceeds benefit the Sea Turtle Care Center™.

Annual Conservation Gala – April 28, 2018, (tentative) at the South Carolina Aquarium and Liberty Square. Proceeds benefit the Aquarium’s regional conservation initiatives.

Turtle Trek 5k – September 2018 (TBD) at the Isle of Palms County Park. Proceeds benefit the Sea Turtle Care Center™.

Corporate giving opportunities:

The South Carolina Aquarium offers a variety of high-visibility sponsorship options that contain robust benefit packages, including unique employee engagement opportunities. Corporations may consider presenting event sponsorships, exhibit naming, sponsoring educational field trips and outreach programs for schools throughout South Carolina, or underwriting and naming specific education or conservation programs. 

Mission Statement

To inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.