Aquarium’s Earth Day Celebration and Contests

Photo credit: Ken Kurtis

The Aquarium of the Pacific will be celebrating Earth Day on April 23-24, 2022. At the Aquarium’s twenty-first annual Earth Day Celebration, guests are invited to explore their relationship with our ocean planet through the visual and performing arts. Visitors can also meet Aquarium educators and learn about what the Aquarium is doing to help protect local endangered animals and ocean habitats. In addition, everyone is invited to join the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) to help local species through a clean-up on Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Participation in the clean-up is free and no reservations are required to help. Registration for the clean-up opens at 8:30 a.m. that Saturday in front of the Aquarium. Participants will walk to nearby habitats for migrating birds and marine life to remove trash, and clean-up supplies will be provided.

The clean-up is part of AZA’s Party for the Planet ®: Spring into Action, a nationwide celebration taking place at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums from Earth Day through World Ocean Day in June. “Party for the Planet connects families to nature through volunteer opportunities that better our environment for people and wildlife to thrive together. We hope you join us as we partner with the Aquarium of the Pacific and other AZA-accredited zoos, aquariums, science centers, and nature centers as we work to improve our planet,” says Dan Ashe, AZA president and CEO.

The Aquarium’s weekend Earth Day Celebration festival begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. You can visit the Aquarium’s front plaza and take part in painting ocean animals and seascapes. You can also participate in a short craft session called “Draw with Us: Earth” in the Ocean Science Center. Guests can hear performances by the Long Beach Symphony celebrating Earth Day throughout the Aquarium. This festival will also feature the winners of the Aquarium’s annual contests for art, poetry, and fashions made from recycled materials. Those visiting the Aquarium that weekend can view the Earth Day Art Contest exhibit, then meet the artists during their talks in the Ocean Theater. The Aquarium’s Poetry Contest winners will read their poems accompanied by live music from the Long Beach Symphony at the Honda Blue Cavern exhibit. Fashion created from recycled materials by the winners of the Trashin’ Fashion Contest will also be on display. The festival is included with general admission to the Aquarium and advance reservations are required for everyone.

WHEN:           Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

                       Clean-up: Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (registration opens at 8:30 a.m.)

WHERE:        Festival: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Clean-up: Located at wildlife habitats, walking distance from the Aquarium

COST:            Festival: Included with general admission: $36.95 per adult (ages 12+), $26.95 per child (ages 3-11), $33.95 per senior (ages 62+), and free for Aquarium members and children under age three / Advance reservations required.

                       Clean-up: Free

INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or


Trashin’ Fashion Design Contest

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its Trashin’ Fashion Design Contest during its annual Earth Day Celebration on April 23-24, 2022. The public is invited to enter for a chance at cash prizes that will be awarded to the top three designers with the most creative eco-friendly designs. The top designs will be showcased at the Aquarium throughout the Earth Day Celebration. The goal of the contest is to draw awareness to issues of pollution and create a sustainable relationship with our ocean. Details on entering can be found at

Earth Day Poetry Contest:

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its annual Earth Day Poetry Contest, which invites poets of all ages to submit their poems celebrating this year’s theme, “saving local species.” The top three entrees as judged by the Aquarium’s panel of experts will be eligible for cash prizes and will be presented during the Aquarium’s Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Details on entering can be found at

Art Contest:

The Aquarium’s Earth Day art contest, managed in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach, will celebrate our ocean planet. The Aquarium seeks entries from artists working in drawing, painting, collage/mixed media, sculpture, digital art, and photography. Three winners will be selected to display their artwork at the festival on April 23 and 24, 2022. Winners will receive cash prizes and will have the opportunity to participate in short artist talks during the festival. For rules and submission guidelines, please visit


Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

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