World Oceans Day at Easter at Ghostly Gardens at Moody Gardens
World Oceans Day at Easter at Ghostly Gardens at Moody Gardens
Turtle in Moody Gardens Aquarium

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World Oceans Day 2019 at Moody Gardens is gearing up exciting, family fun activities. Interested in exploring the underwater world? Immerse yourself in activities about marine sanctuaries, fish in the ocean, and plastics in the ocean. Our big event will be on Saturday June 8th, World Oceans Day, with booth activities sponsored by Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Turtle Island Restoration Network, NOAA National Marine Fisheries, and other education and conservation sponsors. You can even try SCUBA diving in the Go Dive Now pool! If you can’t make Saturday, not to worry! There will be activities going on Friday and Sunday to celebrate and enjoy our world’s oceans!

Friday, June 7

6:30 p.m.

MG 3D Theater
Free Screening

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Cost $5 (Proceeds go to the Moody Gardens Conservation Fund for ocean conservation) 

 

 

8:00 p.m. 

Reception

LOCATION: BIG WHITE TENT
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Go Dive Now Pool (Ages 10 and Up. See details below)
  • Sport Divers Houston Booth
  • Texas Scuba Adventures Booth
  • Moody Gardens Conservation/Research Booth

LOCATION: VISITOR CENTER, MG3D THEATER
6:30 p.m. 

A Plastic Ocean - Film Screening and Panel Discussion (102 min. Capacity 400 people)
Join us for a look into the current challenges our oceans face with marine plastics. We will start with a brief introduction by our panel, followed by a screening of A Plastic Ocean, and a Q&A from the panel. All donations and proceeds will go to the Moody Gardens Conservation Fund.

8:00 pm Reception
Meet the panelists and enjoy raffle prizes. Light refreshments will be served with a cash bar. Ticketing options coming soon!

Saturday, June 8

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid
$35.00

(SOLD OUT)

Click Here:  Buy Tickets
(Proceeds go to ocean conservation)

Start your morning with Penguin Yoga

Class begins with a warm welcome from one of our very own penguins from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. An instructor will guide the class through a yoga session and at the end of class each attendee will get to take a picture with a penguin as each participant is asked to pledge one action they can make to help with ocean conservation.

The class will be $35 per person and proceeds will benefit Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) to help with conservation efforts of these penguins. Individuals under the age of 15 will not be permitted to participate. There will be a limit of 30 participants for this special yoga class.

Saturday
June 8

LOCATION:  BIG WHITE TENT
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Go Dive Now Pool (Ages 10 and Up See details below)
  • NOAA Flower Garden Bank National Marine Sanctuary Booth/Activities
  • Turtle Island Restoration Network Booth/Activities
  • NOAA National Marine Fisheries Booth/Activities
  • Sport Divers Houston Booth
  • Texas Scuba Adventures Booth
  • Moody Gardens Conservation/Research Booth

LOCATION: VISITORS CENTER, MG3D THEATER
10:00 a.m. A Plastic Ocean - FREE Film Screening
4:00 p.m. The Smog of Sea - Film Screening 30 min

These film screenings will be free, and all donations will go to the Moody Gardens Conservation Fund.

Saturday
June 8. 6PM
Palm Beach

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT:
PERFORMANCE SPEED PAINTER
ANGE HILZ
ON THE PAM BEACH STAGE

Join us as Ange Hillz creates a special ocean conservation- themed painting in honor of World Oceans Day. Ange travels the United States demonstrating his fun, high energy, unique artistic talent with a performance that will WOW you from start to finish.

Sunday
June 9

LOCATION:  BIG WHITE TENT
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Go Dive Now Pool (Ages 10 and Up)
  • Sport Divers Houston Booth
  • Texas Scuba Adventures Booth
  • Moody Gardens Conservation/Research Booth
  • Location: Visitor’s Center MG3D Theater

10:00 a.m. A Plastic Ocean - FREE Film Screening
4:00 p.m. The Smog of Sea - Film Screening 30 min.
These film screenings will be free, and all donations will go to the Moody Gardens Conservation Fund.

As a Part of World Oceans Day, We Plan to do the Following:

GO DIVE NOW POOL DETAILS:
Have you ever wanted to see the underwater world first hand? Try scuba diving in the fun and easy environment provided by the Go Dive Now Pool experience. Attendees can try diving in a comfortable environment with the help of trained professionals - all at no additional cost. Bring your swimsuit - we'll provide the rest. Plan to start your underwater adventure today – for more information about diving visit GoDiveNow.com!
The 30-foot, 15,000-gallon Go Dive Now pool and exhibit is complete with all the latest scuba gear including regulators, tanks, wetsuits, masks, fins, and more. The pool will be staffed professional instructors and dive leaders from local professional dive centers. 

Attendees over the age of 10 are welcome to try diving at no additional cost. Children ages 10 and 11 must have an adult try diving with them. Children 12 or older can get in on their own as long as an adult is present at poolside.

Dive Now Pool Hours: 
Friday June 7, 2019 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday June 8, 2019 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday June 9, 2019 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

 

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Booth Details:
Want to know about the cool, colorful, coral reefs of the northern Gulf of Mexico? You’re in the right place! Enjoy hands-on activities and explore coral reefs in virtual reality! 

 

Turtle Island Restoration Network Booth Details:
For nearly 25 years, TIRN efforts have safeguarded sea turtles and engaged the public in our conservation efforts through education, outreach, beach nesting patrols, classroom visits and other habitat protection efforts. Learn how you can make a difference, and enjoy some of their fun activities!

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Booth Details:
All ages can check out this interactive "fish trap" activity that educates the public on bycatch in the commercial fishing industry. Get the low-down on marine fisheries!

Moody Gardens invites you to be a Reefer …
Help Save Our Coral Reefs
this World Ocean's Day and Every Day

 

Splash. Save. Learn. Donate. Dive In and take action.  As a Reefer, you’re supporting ocean conservation, whether you are visiting the Aquarium Pyramid, relaxing at Palm Beach or skipping the straw in your drink to conserve on plastics, your ticket purchase actually supports saving coral reefs and many other causes. 

Join us June 7 - 9 for our World Oceans Day event. A variety of activities are outlined below, and this year we are focusing on an international effort to increase awareness and combat a disease that is rapidly killing the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest coral reef system in the world. Moody Gardens’ new Coral Rescue Lab is being used to propagate coral as it focuses on species being impacted by this disease.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), selected Moody Gardens to participate in this vital project to help save corals native to the Florida Reef Tract as one of 60 institutions from 21 states and Canada. As a non-profit with a mission of conservation, your ticket purchase, a donation or a decision to learn about conservation is supporting an effort save coral reefs and many other environmental causes. Protect our oceans and Be a Reefer today and everyday!

Celebrate World Oceans Day all over Moody Gardens

SpongeBob SubPants Adventure
Delve into ocean trivia before going on an underwater journey on the SpongeBob SubPants Adventure located inside the Discovery Pyramid.

Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
Take a Conservation Cruise on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat at 2 p.m. and learn about our own bodies of water along Galveston Bay with a Moody Gardens biologist as your guide.

4D Special FX Theater
Guests can venture into shark territory and explore their survival instincts with the 4D film “Shark: A 4D Experience” playing daily in the 4D Special FX Theater.

Rainforest and Aquarium Pyramids
Inside the Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramids guests can partake in self-guided scavenger hunts and learn fun facts as they walk through the exhibits. 

Click here for the Rainforest Pyramid Scavenger Hunt
Click here for the Aquarium Pyramid Scavenger Hunt

Palm Beach
Guests can celebrate World Ocean’s Day at Palm Beach with beach-inspired music throughout the day. The theme carries into the evening as the band Midlife Crisis offers beach music at Bands on the Sand from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Visitor's Center
There will be more ocean conservation activities inside the Visitor’s Center and appearances by Moody Gardens mascots Finn the Shark, King Tux the Penguin and Ollie the Otter.

Purchase a Value Pass

 Visit worldoceansday.org for even more resources and information

world oceans day

Why do we celebrate World Oceans Day?

The world’s ocean:

  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Helps feed us
  • Regulates our climate
  • Cleans the water we drink
  • Offers a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
  • Provides limitless inspiration!

Source: worldoceansday.org