On June 8th each year, we celebrate the ocean, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it.
Florida is a peninsula, surrounded on 3 sides by the ocean, so Floridians understand how important it is.
A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans.
Here are five ways Florida will participate and celebrate World Oceans Day 2016:
Coral Restoration Foundation
Key Largo, FL 33037
June 3 – June 4
In honor of World Oceans Day, Coral Restoration Foundation is hosting their annual event, Coralpalooza, on Saturday, June 4th! Dive program participants will join Coral Restoration Foundation for a weekend to raise awareness for our oceans and coral reefs. They will participate in a presentation on Friday along with hands on training. On Saturday, they will be taken out on dive boats along with leaders for a day of reef restoration and monitoring. This is a great way to give back to the community. Participants will be working alongside Coral Restoration Foundation staff learning about what we do on a day-to-day basis and how they can help save our oceans!
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
June 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
A worldwide ocean celebration is on the horizon — join the fun during the World Oceans Day Family Festival on June 4 at Mote Aquarium. Mote’s World Oceans Day event will spotlight the ocean’s deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world’s greatest resource.
This year’s event will focus on the national theme “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.” It will feature games and crafts focused on green practices, marine science and conservation by Mote and other local organizations.
The family festival is free with regular paid admission to Mote Aquarium and is free for Mote Members.
Sol Shine Yoga at Keys Cable Park Grassy Key
65 53rd st
Marathon, FL 33050
June 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
We’re celebrating WORLD OCEAN’S DAY with a super fun Paddleboard Yoga Class!!!! #getoutside! A fun flow that will challenge you, make you laugh, and then relax you with an ocean-potion meditation.
Bermuda Blvd – 22nd Street to DeSoto Park
Tampa, FL 33605
June 8 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
World Oceans Day The Tampa Bay Way
Volunteers are needed to protect Tampa Bay! Bring your kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or motorboat to help remove litter and debris from the Hillsborough River Watershed. Of course volunteers are always needed to remove litter from the shoreline on foot.
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3755 NW Hwy 17/92
Sanford, FL 32771
June 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come celebrate our beautiful oceans at the Central Florida Zoo, where, thanks to some helpful tips from Disney Channel’s Octonauts, you can be inspired to take action to protect marine life and their habitats through interactive games, activities, crafts, and more. Meet some ocean creatures up close and personal in our aquarium exhibits, including lion fish, eels, clown fish, and tangs. This event is included in general Zoo admission; additional fees may apply for certain activities.
The Ocean Project has promoted and coordinated this event since 2002. We work in partnership with hundreds of organizations and networks, including World Ocean Network, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and our activities are supported thanks to many others. Thank you also to the Government of Canada for proposing the idea of a World Ocean Day, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and to the United Nations for officially recognizing June 8th as World Oceans Day, since 2008.