New Experiences Now Offered by the South Carolina Aquarium

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Interactive Lecture Series Focuses on Oceans, Wildlife, and the Lowcountry

New Educational Experiences Now Being Offered by the South Carolina Aquarium

Sept. 11, 2015 — A new opportunity to learn more about the world’s oceans and the animals that live within, through a progressive series of conservation-minded events, is now offered by the South Carolina Aquarium. Through the Holland Lifelong Learning series, the Aquarium is able to offer complimentary educational opportunities that will spark inquiry and exploration for all age groups. Made possible by a generous contribution from Mary and Mason Holland to the Aquarium’s Watershed Fund, the program will serve the greater Charleston community with educational experiences that reflect the Aquarium’s vision of connecting people with water, wildlife and wild places.

“Thanks to the Holland family’s generosity and their appreciation of the Aquarium’s educational role, we are able to go deeper than ever in presenting the public with ways to think about the importance of water, wildlife and wild places,” said Kevin Mills, Aquarium president and CEO. “We look forward to engaging the community in stirring conversations about the changing world and our need to protect it.”

The four lectures offered by the Holland Lifelong Learning initiative focus on issues directly impacting our oceans and the Lowcountry. Each lecture is facilitated by industry leaders and takes place in a unique setting aimed to inspire and educate those who attend.

More on the Holland Lifelong Learning series:
Sharks: Unlikely Allies
Dr. John N. Forrest, Jr., Director of Student Research, Yale University School of Medicine
Sept. 17, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., South Carolina Aquarium
The Director of Student Research Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. John N. Forrest, Jr. (MD) will discuss the medical advances for humans derived from shark biomedical research, presenting key discoveries linking our species like never before.

Saltmarsh Science: What’s Brewing?
Bill Roumillat, Fisheries Biologist, College of Charleston
Oct. 21, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holy City Brewing Tap Room
Head to Lowcountry favorite, Holy City Brewing, for an evening of beer and saltmarsh science. Sip on delicious craft brews (including the award winning Pluff Mud Porter) while exploring the science of our local saltmarsh environments with fisheries biologist Bill Roumillat. R.S.V.P. for this event begins Sept. 21, 2015.
*Beer available for purchase.

Simplifying Seafood: What’s Cooking?
St. Jude Farms
Nov. 11, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Charleston Harbor Fish House
From dockside to tableside, get in touch with your seafood. Join Good Catch Program Manager, Shelley Dearhart, and fishery experts from St. Jude Farms to learn simple cooking tips and wow your family with delicious, sustainable meals. R.S.V.P. for this event begins Oct. 11, 2015.

Why Do Zoos and Aquariums Matter?
Dr. Sylvia Earle, Marine Conservationist and National Geographic Society Explorer-in-residence
Jeanne Gang, Founder and Principal of Studio Gang Architects and McArthur Fellow
Feb. 19, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Presentation at the American Theater; dinner immediately following at the William Aiken House
Join a legendary panel of conservation luminaries including celebrated oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and environmental architect Jeanne Gang as they look at how aquariums, zoos, and other conservation institutions help to increase our capacities for concern, empathy, affection and care for the whole community of life.
*Tickets will be sold for this event. Special event dinner tickets will be available for purchase. R.S.V.P. for this event begins Jan. 19, 2016.

Holland Lifelong Learning events are complimentary (with the exception of the finale) and are open to the public. Space is limited so reservations are required. Click here to reserve your tickets or call (843) 577-FISH (3474).

Fast Facts:

  •     Holland Lifelong Learning series lectures now offered by the South Carolina Aquarium
  •     Made possible through a generous contribution from Mary and Mason Holland to the Aquarium’s Watershed Fund
  •     Four events for all ages
  •     Events focus on the ocean and the Lowcountry environment
  •     For more information visit or call (843) 577-FISH (3474)

About the South Carolina Aquarium:
The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston’s most visited attraction, features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 60 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents fabulous views of Charleston harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.

The South Carolina Aquarium, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Toddlers (2 and under) free; Youth (3-12) $17.95; Adults (13+) $24.95. The Aquarium plus the 4-D Theater experience is free for Toddlers, $22.95 for Children, $29.95 for Adults. The 4-D Theater experience only is $6.95 for Children and Adults, and free for Members. For more information call 843-720-1990 or visit Memberships are available by calling 843-577-FISH.

About the Watershed Fund:
In 2014, the South Carolina Aquarium launched the Watershed Fund, a campaign to scale and optimize our education and conservation programs that enrich our community. The goal of the Watershed Fund is to secure $25 million by 2020, enabling the Aquarium to reach nearly 70 percent more students statewide, to present world-class interactive exhibits like Shark Shallows and the Sea Turtle Hospital experience, and to launch a conservation program designed to inspire and educate the next generation of environmental stewards. For more information on the Watershed Fund visit

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