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Image courtesy of: Roy Niswanger/Marine Photobank

Kick-off summer right with a celebration of the sea! The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with more than 20 partner organizations, is pleased to announce an exciting schedule of events celebrating our ocean and the essential role it plays in all of our lives.

Wednesday June 2nd

Find Your Blue.

Dive in and explore your connection to the ocean on the new, award-winning Smithsonian Ocean Portal website. Challenge yourself to re-think the great white shark. Head out into the field with researchers on a quest to catalog life on a remote Pacific island. Reflect on the array of issues that threaten the health of our ocean, and find out what you can do to help.

Wherever you live, whoever you are, YOU are connected to the ocean. Learn more. Do more. Find Your Blue.

Saturday June 5th

Smithsonian World Ocean Day Family Festival

World Ocean Day is June 8th, but you can get a jump on the celebration by joining us the weekend before for a day packed with activities for all ages. Learn about our connection to and impact on the ocean and how science makes our understanding of the world ocean possible. Meet and learn from scientists who study the sea, make a keepsake button to commemorate your visit, and take the pledge to be an Ocean Friend.

Sant Ocean Hall, National Museum of Natural History
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public

Tuesday June 8th

World Ocean Day!

World Ocean Day has been unofficially celebrated since the idea was proposed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008. The ocean is essential to all life—including yours! Celebrate it and learn what you can do to help protect it. Visit The Ocean Project to find a listing of events around the world.

Changing Tides: A Series of Ocean Discussions

The ocean is essential to all life, but experts agree that there are changes affecting the ocean and how it functions. Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence are proud to present a series of talks by top ocean scientists about current research and how it is helping to change the tide in ocean science and conservation.

Join us on World Ocean Day to kick off this series with "Brave New Ocean," a talk from renowned ocean scientist, Dr. Jeremy Jackson, Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and a Professor of Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History
6:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public

Friday June 11th

Jacques Cousteau’s 100th Birthday

Famed ocean explorer and conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born June 11th, 1910. He lived an extraordinary and inspiring life studying and working to protect our precious ocean.

Savoring Sustainable Seafood Reception

Sample a wide variety of sustainable seafood, American Rhone wines, and artisanal cheeses and meet more than 30 of Washington's best-known chefs who have created succulent seafood specialties just for you.

The Rotunda, National Museum of Natural History
7:30 pm
Tickets Required

Saturday June 12th

Understanding Sustainability: Discussion and Seafood Breakfast

Enjoy a sustainable seafood buffet breakfast followed by lively panel discussions featuring science, conservation, and culinary experts who explore the connection between a healthy ocean and the seafood that we eat.

Atrium Café and Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History

9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Tickets Required

Sunday June 13th

Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Workshop

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring, is a collective traveling exhibit that uses the simple tactile pleasures of crochet and fiber to raise global awareness about our endangered coral reefs. The crochet reef will be a temporary exhibit in the Sant Ocean Hall during the Fall of 2010.

In anticipation of the exhibit, join us for a crochet workshop to learn more about how traditional handicraft can be used to express mathematics, the science of biodiversity, and environmental awareness. All levels of crocheters are welcome—no experience necessary. A lecture by Margaret Wertheim will precede the lecture.

National Museum of Natural History
Lecture: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Baird Auditorium)
Break and Refreshments: 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Workshop: 1:45 pm – 3:30 pm (Exact Location TBD)
Free & Open to the Public


Sunday June 20th

35th Anniversary of Jaws

When the movie Jaws was released in 1975, it portrayed the great white shark as a relentless man-killer, but the truth about these top predators might surprise you. Take this opportunity to re-think the shark. Visit the Smithsonian Ocean Portal to find out why sharks have more reason to fear us, than the other way around.



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