The WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium

Upcoming Lecture Series Event:Dr. Craig O'Connell "Living with Sharks" 

Join us on Wednesday January 20th for some light appetizers and drinks, live exotic animal encounters, an amazing presentation, and question and answer session at 6pm in the Riverside Room at the Newport Aquarium. Dr. Craig O’Connell, Shark Biologist and Founder of the O’Seas Conservation Foundation will be giving a presentation on “Living with Sharks!”

In 2013 Dr. O’Connell founded the O’Seas Conservation Foundation in New York and is the director of the foundation. This foundation works to conduct conservation focused research involving elasmobranch species in the local coastal waters as well as educate and inspire local youth through hands-on experience and education

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Shopping for Conservation!

The WAVE Foundation is your one-stop shop for the animal lover in your life! 

Adopt an Animal:

Our Symbolic Adoption Program makes a great gift for adults and children and helps support the WAVE Foundation’s efforts in conservation, education and volunteer opportunities. Levels vary from $25-$100 and include fun options and animals to choose from! 

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Penguin Artwork:

The WAVE Foundation offers original penguin artwork made by the Newport Aquarium's African penguins!

This artwork makes for an unforgettable gift for any adult or child. Choose from various selections of penguin art sizes for sale, or choose the opportunity to join the artists behind the scenes to make your very own penguin art. Artwork is also available in the Newport Aquarium's Gift Shop!

Each penguin art can be custom made with your choice of colors, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, an information sheet about the artists, and a color photo of the artists in action!

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WAVE on Wheels: Outreach Programs

The WAVE Foundation offers a variety of animal outreach programs that allow our staff to take some of our animal ambassadors off grounds to schools, churches, corporate events and just about anything you can think of! Whether you are interested in learning more about conservation or are just interested in a meeting a penguin, we can bring a world of wonder and excitement to your group.

We have several different types of programs that cover different groups and species of animals. We conduct outreaches in presentation style, meet and greet, and small group discussion. Any of these styles would be more than perfect for your next school, daycare, senior center, library, or community event. We’ve been invited to several different places within communities such as festivals of all kinds, corporate events (meetings, family days, luncheons etc.), and even city sponsored events. All of our programs offer the opportunity to touch any animal that we bring with us.

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