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WATER|WAYS – A Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

May 27 – July 9, 2017

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Water is a critical resource. An essential component of life on our planet, water powers the environment’s engine, impacting climate and helping to shape and sculpt the landscape. Water’s impact on humans is not just biological and environmental; it also serves as a source of peace and contemplation, especially in our coastal community. Water|Ways focuses on the numerous relationships between people and water. How has water shaped our history and traditions? How does it impact our daily life? What does the future hold for water?

  • Want to see what it takes to keep water clean in an aquarium? Stop by our Aquaculture tank to learn about various filtration elements
  • Enter the “Surf Zone” where you can put your balancing skills to the test
  • What is a watershed? An engaging video presentation tells you all about it
  • Come by our craft table where kids can create their favorite water animal and add it to the water scene banner

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Museum Companion Program:

Oasis in Space Planetarium Show

Learn more about the importance of water to life on this planet, explore the solar system to find where else water exists, and consider whether life may exist there. Cost: Free for VLM members, $4 plus admission for non members. Check the calendar.



Let’s Clean up our Waterways!

Trash in our oceans poses threats to many marine animals. Every time our aquarium staff collects specimens from the bay or beach, they also collect trash. Regularly, VLM volunteers take canoes and pull trash out of Deer Park Lake and along the shore.

Join our efforts to keep our waterways clean! Organize a group to clean up an area in our watershed. Use the trash you collect to make a Trash Talking Turtle. Instruction are provided here.

Then share with us your turtle and your story!

  • Bring your trash turtle to the VLM on July 8 or 9 to be displayed as part of this Waterways Exhibit
  • You will receive a VLM Certificate recognizing your efforts to protect our environment
  • Bring a print copy of your story to include who collected the trash, where it was collected and anything you noticed or want share about your experience, also bring a picture of you group if you’d like
  • Your trash turtle will be put on display along with your story and picture