Board of Directors
Steve O'Loughlin, Chair
L.B. Eckelkamp, Jr.
Robert Guest, Secretary
Bob O'Loughlin, Treasurer
Thank you to
Mike & Pier Alsup
Nick Barto & Nancy Clare Morgan
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Engelhardt Family Foundation
Enterprise Bank & Trust
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Julie & Rich Fitzer
Neil & Jenifer Fitzgerald
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Frederic Roofing Co., Inc.
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Health Care Family Credit Union
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Horner & Shifrin Inc.
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O'Loughlin Charitable Gift Fund
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Pinckney Bend Distillery
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Thank you to everyone who has reserved
a Commemorative Fish!
has been raised towards our mission of
community through providing access and education
programs and serving as the region’s recognized voice
for water stewardship.
We still have fish available, be sure to reserve yours
before they all swim away!
Amelia Rodgers is the Education Curator for the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation. Each newsletter will feature an article from Amelia focusing on an educational and/or conservation message.
It has been incredible to see the progress at Union Station as hundreds of people work together to plan, coordinate, build, and create programs for the future St. Louis Aquarium. The staff of the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation are particularly excited to see our Conservation & Education Center come to life, and we can’t wait to share this space with the community when we open this December.
The Conservation & Education Center
This free-admission, hands-on learning experience will feature water stewardship and conservation themes. Guests can explore the history and morphology of the Mississippi River, learn about watersheds, play a collaborative video game about keeping waterways healthy, discover ways to get involved in local conservation efforts, and see local animals that depend on us to care for their environment.
Another feature of our Conservation & Education Center that is sure to be impactful is our plastic bottle sculpture. Over 5,000 plastic bottles will be re-used to create a visual display of the human addiction to single-use plastics. Statistics like, “globally, one million plastic bottled beverages are purchased every 60 seconds” are such shockingly large numbers that it can be difficult to fully grasp the magnitude of the problem. Try to visualize one million plastic bottles...it’s tough to wrap your mind around, right? The 5,000 plastic bottles that will be included in this sculpture represent the amount sold every one and a half seconds in the United States - every one and a half seconds, during every minute, every hour, and every day, in our country alone. We hope this sculpture will inspire all guests to be mindful when using and discarding plastic.
How do you create a giant sculpture with plastic bottles?
First, we found talented artist, Garth Britzman, who is passionate about creating art that challenges people to think differently about everyday items. Garth even has experience creating large-scale conservation-themed art with plastic bottles! Next, we needed the bottles. It was important to us that the sculpture be made of
plastic bottles. The St. Louis Cardinals, who practice and promote environmental sustainability within their organization, agreed to give us their plastic recyclables collected during home games for use in our sculpture. Currently the artist is building the structure to hang the bottles from, designing a lighting system for the sculpture, and (with the help of volunteers) removing labels and cleaning about 5,000 bottles.
The takeaway message: REDUCE, reuse, recycle
The unfortunate reality is that recycling alone cannot fix the plastic problem. The recycling process itself reduces the quality of plastics, meaning plastic bottles cannot be melted down and made into new plastic bottles without adding new material. We must reduce our use of plastics and rethink our habits. Sustainable, reusable containers can help change our throw-away culture to one that values durability and environmental responsibility. The health of our planet – and the humans, animals, and plants that inhabit it – depends on it. Some people have come up with new, creative ways to turn recycled plastic into useful items like reusable bags, park benches, and even shoes!
The plastic sculpture, along with all the interactives in the Conservation & Education Center will enrich the lives of our guests as they explore the importance of protecting our waterways. We can’t wait to open our doors and show you what we’ve been working on!
Rendering of plastic bottle sculpture in the
Conservation & Education Center.
Events and How to Get Involved:
Missouri River Relief Clean-Up
In September, the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation & Aquarium staff and volunteers spent a Saturday morning helping Missouri River Relief clean up trash along a 10 mile stretch of the Missouri River in Weldon Spring. The event removed
of trash from the River bank, 1.2 tons of which was able to be recycled!
Give thanks on Thanksgiving, and then give back on Giving Tuesday! Join millions of people around the world to show up, give back, and help change the world. Help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 to provide up to 1,000 free Aquarium fields trips to Title I schools and underserved youth. Follow us on Facebook to learn how you can participate in #GivingTuesday!
Become part of an important group of people who are helping provide free Aquarium visits and transportation to Title I schools and underserved students, and water-based science exhibits, and interactives in the free-admission Conservation & Education Center. Members receive a variety of benefits including annual passes, a personalized commemorative fish, discounts, and invitations to exclusive events. Click
for more information and to sign up!
St. Louis Aquarium Foundation Gala
Join us for the inaugural St. Louis Aquarium Foundation gala to be held on
Saturday, September 26, 2020
at the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. More information coming soon!
Looking for Volunteers!
by Jessica Rhodes,
Manager of Volunteer Engagement
In the words of Anne Frank, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” I’ve always believed that idea, and through nonprofits I’ve worked for and volunteered with, I’ve been able to positively impact the lives of families, patients, clients, and volunteers served by those organizations.
For those individuals who will become volunteers with the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation, the opportunities to cause a ripple effect are as vast as the sea.
With the opening of the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation’s Conservation & Education Center comes an opportunity to connect customer service-focused, outgoing individuals with volunteer positions like welcoming guests, assisting adults and children with the interactive kiosks that will educate them about their impact on local and global waters, helping guests navigate our new state-of-the-art Aquarium with its 13,000 aquatic animals, and inspiring the next generation to preserve the planet and protect the species that call it home.
In the words of Jim Rohn, “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” And, as the opening date of the Aquarium and Conservation & Education Center approaches, we will need a substantial team of volunteers who will no doubt receive more from their volunteer experience than what they will be giving in time and service.
If you’re considering joining this new globally-minded team of volunteers, visit our
and sign up to receive updates! Volunteer positions, application information, as well as dates for upcoming Information Sessions will be available soon!
Meet the New Staff of
the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation
Natalie has worked and volunteered with a variety of nonprofits for the past 10 years. She previously worked with an organization providing free Medicare counseling, serving as the Volunteer Coordinator & AmeriCorps Manager, as well as working as the Adoption Center Coordinator for an animal rescue.
Originally from St. Louis, Natalie has spent the past 15 years in Columbia, MO and is excited to return to her hometown. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Missouri, with an emphasis in Multicultural Studies and a minor in Business.
Natalie has a lifelong love of helping both animals and people and is looking forward to the opportunity to spread that love to the environment and the St. Louis community. As the world around us is changing, she believes “it’s important to educate the community about their impact, what they can do to help the environment and also the other animals we share this planet with.”
Manager of Volunteer Engagement
As the Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Jessica will be on-boarding and engaging all volunteers. She has worked with volunteers in several capacities over the course of her career in the nonprofit field, and she’s excited to get the volunteer program up and running for the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation!
A frequent volunteer herself, Jessica lives by her favorite quote, "you make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give." She believes that everyone has something to give - time, money, expertise - and she enjoys helping others identify how they can best do that.
Jessica is a St. Louis native and received her Masters degree in Nonprofit Administration from Lindenwood University.
She is "
thrilled to be able to connect volunteers to exciting opportunities to educate and enhance the experience of St. Louis Aquarium visitors!"
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