Month: April 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

My name is Katy, and I am a volunteer in the Herpetology and Fish & Invertebrates department, as well as the Education department at Mystic Aquarium. I help the staff care for the aquarium’s collection of reptiles and amphibians, and assist with various educational programs. For as long as I can remember, I have loved reptiles, so I was elated when I got the opportunity to volunteer in the herpetology department about a year-and-a-half... MORE »

Zoos and Aquaria on a Mission to Save the African Penguin

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

By Ellen Johnson Graduate Student at University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences [email protected] Zoos and aquaria are increasingly stepping up to the front lines of biodiversity conservation efforts, emphasizing research and conservation action in addition to education. This commitment to conservation is reflected in the mission of the Mystic Aquarium: “to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet... MORE »

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mystic Spirit Week; Plans for Growth   Dear Friend: During the past two weeks (Wednesday to Wednesday) Mystic Aquarium celebrated “Mystic Spirit Week” a celebration of the local community, showcasing what makes Greater Mystic a wonderful place to live, work and visit. Events and Partnerships Manager, Ainslie Seeber, who conceived the idea of Mystic Spirit week last year, notes that: “Mystic is more than just a tourist... MORE »

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Activities Continue with Annual Clean-Up on Sunday  Mystic, Conn. (April 19, 2017): It may be a party but Mystic Aquarium takes Earth Day very seriously. A host of activities for children and families alike will help drive home the importance of clean air, land, and water. Mystic Aquarium is proud to join the over one-billion caring people around the world who will celebrate Earth Day.  Activities will take place on campus and in the... MORE »

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Break; UConn ScHOLA²RS; Covanta       Dear Friend: Spring Break As I write this I am thinking of our team who are welcoming thousands of guests for the two weeks of Spring break.  I appreciate all of the extra effort that our staff and volunteers extend during this period when we do not have the benefit of summer staff. All of us appreciate the many guests and members who make Mystic Aquarium a... MORE »

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mystic Aquarium is proud to be one of the 232 member institutions that make up The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). This 501(c)3 non-profit organization is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. We are prouder still of what this collective organization does on a daily to support scientific research, conservation and education programs. As the old adage goes... MORE »

Friday, April 7, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation; Kelly Milton; Marine Science Partnership         Dear Friend: On Tuesday evening we celebrated the volunteers of Mystic Aquarium at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night.  It is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the 500 people who give their time and talent to the mission and programs of Mystic Aquarium. Staff from various departments produced some very funny video... MORE »

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Honey Bee Conservation to be Highlighted on April 13 While conservation and education are at the heart of Mystic Aquarium’s mission, those efforts will take a slightly different slant during the upcoming Mystic Spirit Week.  Mystic Aquarium and Olde Mistick Village’s Sticky Situations are joining forces to highlight the much-needed conservation efforts of the honey bee. Mystic Aquarium will show their civic pride during Mystic Spirit... MORE »