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The Living Planet Aquarium inspires people to explore, discover and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. We are dedicated to cultivating public interest in the environment, conservation, and the enhancement of our planet and its creatures through adoption, education, research and recreation.
Join us while on our blog where we explore the Earth’s many inhabitants- some of which reside at The Living Planet Aquarium and some that don’t- but all of which are important to our ecosystem.
The Living Planet Aquarium is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to inspiring people to explore, discover and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems.
- Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:07
It’s not every day a Fox News reporter walks up to you to do a news segment, but that’s what happened when the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium was up at the Sundance Film Festival!
James Rosen with Fox News Channel was interested in Zali, our Bredli Carpet Python. Ari Audd, our Special Events Coordinator, was holding Zali. Rosen asked how we train to work with the animals and how they become accustomed to being handled. Audd explained that we learn all we can about a particular animal and then practice handling them until we are comfortable. Our staff members work with the animals until they no longer seem nervous while being handled.
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium was at Sundance to let people know about all our new facility has to offer, including Utah’s only 4D theater, which can be used as a screening room for films. We also have a large banquet room for special events, with floor to ceiling windows into the shark tank!
The Aquarium can also be used as a filming location. Our Journey to South America exhibit has over 500 living plants and simulates a tropical rain forest. There are even tropical birds free flying in the exhibit.
Watch for more media coverage as we get closer to our opening. Thanks for following The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium!
- Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 22:04
A new program aims to educate and prepare Utah students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The media launch was held Thursday, January 29 at the brand new Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, and The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium was there to support the program.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Stan Lockhart, Government Affairs Manager for IM Flash Technologies, are supporters of the campaign. Astronaut Charles Precourt, Miss Utah 2012 Kara Arnold, and BYUtv’s American Rides star Stan Ellsworth were also at the launch.
Recognizing the importance of STEM, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium sent Douglas Mauck, Teacher Programs Manager at LLPA, to the event. LLPA fully supports the STEM initiative and has many school outreach programs geared toward STEM. LLPA has partnerships with STEM through iSEE (Informal Science Education Enhancement) and a new STEM partnership through iUTAH (Innovative Urban Transitions and Arid region Hydro-sustainability).
The theme of the media campaign is “STEM Utah: Curiosity Unleashed.” Supporters are hoping to inspire students to get excited about the possibilities they have in these career fields.
During the construction of our new facility in Draper, our education team is still traveling to schools across the state every week day. We have two outreach programs – the Rainforest Van that travels to 2nd grade classes, and our Utah Waters Van that travels to 4th grade classes. Our programs correlate with the Utah State Core Curriculum, so students can really absorb the information they are learning with hands on, interactive lessons by our talented team members.
These vans are how the Living Planet Aquarium got its start. Our founder Brent Andersen wanted to bring the ocean to school children to teach them about science, the earth’s diverse ecosystems, and inspire them to learn. The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium will feature an Education Center, which will support onsite education programs reaching K-12 and university students.
- Created on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 17:40
Coastal Cleanup a Success
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium recently participated in the International Coastal Cleanup,a global event that mobilizes hundreds of thousands of people to help keep our waters clean. The coastal cleanup is led by Ocean Conservancy, which helps bring people together to find solutions for protecting the world’s water.
Clean water is important for the health and safety of all the animals that live in our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams. Our efforts focus on keeping Utah’s waterways clear of trash.
So far this year, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium has had 568 volunteers who have cleaned up 1,790 pounds of trash at 18 locations around Salt Lake City. This included the participation in the International Coastal Cleanup.
We greatly appreciate everyone who participated in the cleanups, and we look forward to working with you again during future cleanups.
Have you participated in one of our cleanups? Tell us about your experience.