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Enrichment Day at the Aquarium

Mar272019

Enrichment Day will showcase that, with over 15,000 animals, Aquarium staff have plenty of experience with keeping an ocean of critters entertained!

From 10 am until 6 pm

At Oregon Coast Aquarium

Adults: $24.95 Seniors: $19.95 Young Adults: $19.95 Child: $14.95 Infants & Toddlers: Free

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Humans and Animals Alike Receive Special Treatment on Enrichment Day

10 am - 6 pm

Newport, Oregon—What adds enrichment to your life? Perhaps it’s a delicious meal, a thrilling movie, or maybe even… a trip to the Aquarium!

On Wednesday, March 27, spring break visitors will find out that enrichment is not just for humans. Enrichment Day will showcase that, with over 15,000 animals, Aquarium staff have plenty of experience with keeping an ocean of critters entertained.

octopus enrichment
Cleopatra investigates her puzzle box, which usually contains a juicy crab to eat.

To accommodate the crowd of spring break coastal visitors, the Aquarium will also stay open an extra hour, until 6:00 PM, from March 23 to April 7.

Attending to an animal’s mental well-being is just as important as suitable housing, top-notch veterinary care, and the best food available. Staff at the Aquarium meets this need by devising specialized items and experiences, called enrichment, that encourage natural behaviors and mimic challenges the animals face in the wild without the risk of going hungry or predation.

“We encourage all of our animals to interact with and explore their exhibits through different types of enrichment,” said Mammalogist II Stephany Simmons. “Enrichment at the Aquarium can take many forms, including sensory activities, variables in the animals’ environment, special food or training, social groupings, and cognitive stimulation.”

Enrichment Day offers guests an opportunity to see how enrichment keeps our critters busy through presentations, activity booths, and behind the scenes opportunities.

bird enrichment
Brown pelicans play with a small toy as a form of enrichment.

Sea otter, pinniped, bird, and shark enrichment presentations are scheduled from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Guests can try to paint like a sea lion, learn what counts as fun for an octopus, and learn about wolf eel target training. Those impressed by our artistic pinnipeds can enter raffles to win a one-of-a-kind pinniped painting. This year we are also hosting the Lincoln County Animal Shelter to teach guests how to enrich their own pets at home!

Enrichment Day activities are included with Aquarium admission. Visit aquarium.org for a detailed schedule of Enrichment Day events.

The Aquarium’s animal enrichment program is supported, in part, by donations. To contribute to the well-being of those 15,000 creatures, shop the Aquarium’s animal enrichment wish list at bit.ly/enrichmentwishlist.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this winter from 10:00 AM. to 5:00 PM and from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM during Oregon’s spring break from March 23 to April 7. Visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH for more information or to purchase advance tickets.

Time Program Length Location
10:30 Otter Enrichment Presentation 15 minutes Sea Otter Exhibit
11:00 Pinniped Enrichment Presentation & Raffle 15 minutes Pinniped Exhibit
11:30 Pelican Presentation 15 minutes Pelican Stage
1:00 Otter Enrichment Presentation 15 minutes Sea Otter Exhibit
1:30 Turkey Vulture Chat and Raffle 15 minutes Turkey Vulture Exhibit
2:00 Pelican Presentation 15 minutes Pelican Stage
2:15 Shark Enrichment Chat 15 minutes Gleason Room
2:30 Aviary Enrichment Chat 10 minutes Aviary
3:00 Pinniped Enrichment Presentation & Raffle 15 minutes Pinniped Exhibit
3:30 Otter Enrichment Presentation 10 minutes Otter Exhibit
4:00 Opossum Presentation and Feed 15 minutes Pelican Stage

The Oregon Coast Aquarium creates unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon Coast and inspire ocean conservation. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.

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