Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) January 29, 2014
Major state budget cuts have had a deep impact on Oregon and a very negative impact on most school programs and even the loss of jobs for some teachers. Portland Aquarium has now created a scholarship fund to subsidize school districts, and allow some students tickets for less than $3.00 in some cases so that field trip programs can survive.
Portland Aquarium has lowered their field trip admission in effort to make it affordable for all schools. With budget cuts well under way and some schools still not having been in for a field trip, Portland Aquarium has created a scholarship fund from general admissions to subsidize school districts that do not have the means to attend. This brings field trip pricing down to $2.95 for some schools. "When you have 250 2nd graders all show up at the same time, it is a bit of a challenge, but we still love doing the educational tours!" says Marine Biologist Jill Jasketic. In a field trip, students are able to feed sharks, touch stingrays and lorikeets, and even get their picture with Watson, a scarlet macaw. "We encourage teachers to let us know ahead of time what they are studying in school so we can spend some of our time together experiencing that topic first hand. If they are studying reptiles, we spend a little extra time teaching about the new red-eyed tree frogs, or we pull in our iguana, for example," says Kourtney Kuiper, Marine Biologist and Manager of Reptiles and Birds.
Field trips to Portland Aquarium have proven to be a much-enjoyed activity by the groups who have already made the journey, and they have written us to tell us, "Pack 413 had a great visit at the Portland Aquarium this morning. We had about 45 people turn out for the field trip. We learned all about the aquarium, the animals, and talked to two of the guides about professions like marine biology. The aquarium was very dark and had colored lights. I learned that they balance the light levels and color temps to show off the colors like they occur in nature. Under white lights they would look washed out. It was a fun outing for the Scouts and will count toward more STEM award requirements. The boys loved this trip and had a great time. Most of them commented on petting the sharks and stingrays. Very local and one of the guides was an Eagle Scout and Marine Biologist. Both field trip leaders did great as I moved between groups..." - Allan C.
About Portland Aquarium:
Portland Aquarium is a hands-on aquarium. Visitors may feed Black Tip Reef Sharks, Bat Rays, Southern Stingrays, and Lorikeets. Families can take part in many other activities as well.