Annual NOAA Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific Returns Saturday Nov. 19th

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Annual NOAA Day at the Aquarium of the PacificWhat weather conditions should we be preparing for…tsunamis, wildfires, heat waves, floods, hurricanes, blizzards? A newly launched polar-orbiting satellite will help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) save lives and protect property as it captures data from the Earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere. The data is used by NOAA forecasters to detect the potential for dangerous weather conditions, days – even several weeks – in advance. The public can find out more about extreme weather preparedness and get a glimpse into other pressing environmental issues during the fifth annual NOAA Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This is the largest continuous NOAA outreach event outside of the Washington, D.C. area.

This interactive event showcases NOAA and its work in monitoring, predicting, and managing our nation’s natural resources in the western region of the U.S. The event includes a student art exhibit, films, displays featuring educational games, and interactive booths from NOAA’s line offices, including the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Ocean Service, National Weather Service, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Restoration Center, and Sea Grant. In addition to learning about severe weather, guests can find out about sustainable seafood and ethical fishing, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill restoration, responsible wildlife viewing, ocean observing systems, and can play the “Deep-sea Extreme Environmental Pilot” educational video game. The U.S. Coast Guard will also be present with “Coastie” the talking tugboat, Scripps Institution of Oceanography will feature its observing system, and guests can explore the Aquarium’s NOAA Science on a Sphere exhibit.

Find out how NOAA will use data from the newly launched NASA satellite NPP to prepare people for upcoming severe weather disasters.

The fifth annual NOAA Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific is Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 from 9 a.m.—5 p.m at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

The event is Free to Aquarium members and children under age three. Included with general admission for guests: $24.95 adult (12+), $21.95 senior (62+), and $12.95 child (3-11).

For additional information call (562) 590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.

NOAA:
NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. For more about NOAA visit www.noaa.gov or www.facebook.com.

AQUARIUM:
The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, is dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Home to over 11,000 animals, the Aquarium features a variety of programs both on and off-site to engage the public in ocean conservation and environmental education, including Aquarium On Wheels outreach programs for low-income inner city schools and cleanups efforts to help wildlife. The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the top aquariums in the nation and is fourth largest. The Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed Dec. 25 and during the Grand Prix in April). For information, call 562-590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org.

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