Some of you may already know of Tom Lang for his work keeping the Breeder’s Registry going but what you don’t know is that for the past few years, Tom Lang has been forging ahead with the Aquarius Aquarium Institute in an attempt to bring a new public aquarium to Fresno, California. The project received more media coverage Wednesday morning, with Lang appearing on ABC 30 in Fresno with a Teaching Tidepool™ along for the ride.
We have long been impressed with the educational outreach programs spearheaded by Aquarius Aquarium Institute, most notably the Teaching Tidepools, where institute staff bring mobile tidepool displays of West Coast-native invertebrates into kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms. Such efforts can go a long way to fostering conservation of our ocean resources by creating a connection and appreciation with a younger generation.
These efforts are at the heart of many institutional missions, and we hope to see these efforts broadened in the years to come. With a multi-phase building plan in place, the Fresno Aquarium is operating in a grassroots manner to create an expanded home base for educational outreach. Each phase will be built as funding — through both large and small donations — is secured. You can learn more about the project at the Fresno Aquarium website and the interview video is available on ABC30’s website.