Thank you Missouri Prairie Foundation!
MPF offers grants to schools, parks, and conservation organizations to help fulfill their mission to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities. The funding we received earlier this year has enabled us to provide fundamental improvements to our garden, including adding a compost bin, water feature, insect “hotel”, more native plant species, and new signs of wildlife, including the birds and frogs that have already appeared! Come check out our Rain Garden, just outside the free admission Conservations & Education Center this summer!
Save the Date
2022 Making Waves Gala
Friday evening, November 11, 2022
St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station
Make waves for the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation's access for all program, H2O Friends. An evening of underwater adventure awaits - cocktails with the otters, dinner with the sharks, and the opportunity to discover the brand new jelly touch experience. For updates and more information click here.
2022 Camp Fins & Friends Summer Camp
This summer the St. Louis Aquarium has been full of summer campers making a splash and having a FIN-tastic time learning about marine biology and exploring all the wonders of the Aquarium! We are exciting to bring back our in-person youth summer camp, Camp Fins & Friends, for ages 5-10. Up to 24 campers each week, for nine weeks, spend the day learning about aquatic animals, thinking critically about conservation issues, participating in fun STEM based projects and activities, and exploring all the attractions at St. Louis Union Station.
Programs like camp are an important part of our mission and provide youth with the opportunity to discover marine animals and ecosystems that we don’t find here in the Midwest. We encourage campers to get curious, ask questions, and think critically. This style of teaching asks kids to make connections, recognize patterns, and understand the how and why behind the information they learn. In other words, we strive to create an environment where kids can begin to think like scientists!

We are grateful for the support of the Hunter Family Foundation and Blueprint4Summer for providing 42 free summer camp experiences for kids who otherwise would not be able to experience our camp!
The St. Louis Aquarium Foundation plans to develop more educational programs and partnerships in the near future. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to see announcements about future programs!
Thank you and farewell, Briana!
Briana served as our Water Education Development Coordinator through the
Stream Teams United AmeriCorps program.
The Aquarium Foundation would like to say a huge THANK YOU and bid farewell to our AmeriCorps Member, Briana Robles. Briana served as a full-time volunteer for the past year where she focused on building our organization’s capacity and connecting low-income youth to nature and water education. During her time with the Foundation, Briana has started a company-wide composting program, secured grants to help revamp our Rain Garden, organized our three part cleanup series “Revamp the Riverfront”, helped grow the impact of our H2O (Help To Our) Friends Program, and so much more! We are so grateful for all of the hard work she put into our organization and the development of our programs. The Foundation wishes Briana the best of luck as she ends her service and moves onto the next chapter of her career. Thank you!
Say SHELL-o to our
Newest Team Members!

We would like to o-FISH-ally welcome our new St. Louis Aquarium Foundation Team members! Take a look at their bios and read about why we are so excited to welcome them to our team!
Gail Weller, Development Manager
Gail was born and raised in St. Louis and has always been drawn to animals and the water. River Otters are one of her favorite animals and she is excited to now have several as “co-workers”! Gail has over a decade of professional experience in nonprofit development, working for various organizations serving youth and the elderly. In her free time, she enjoys reading, fitness, exploring new restaurants, spending time with family and friends, and vacations at the beach. Being a part of the mission of the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation and a vital city attraction is a dream come true!

Jenna Dietl, Americorps Member Water Education Development Coordinator
Jenna has joined the Aquarium Foundation team for one year as an AmeriCorps Member. As a full-time volunteer, she will help build our organization’s capacity and connect under-resourced youth to nature through water education programs. Jenna was born and raised in Washington, MO, and recently graduated from Webster University earning a Bachelor’s degree in International Human Rights and a Certificate in Japanese language. Jenna is passionate about serving her community and everyone in it. After traveling to Costa Rica and Ecuador in 2019 and 2022, Jenna learned through Indigenous teachings how-to live-in connection with nature. The two trips expanded her passion to work cleaning up her local watershed.  
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