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Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea Grand Opening

Calendar/Event Details

Sat, April 29, 2017
Sat, April 29, 2017

Beginning in April, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will host the eye-poppingly compelling Washed Ashore exhibit, featuring 10 fish, birds and marine animals, including a sea horse sculpture created just for the Zoo.

See mesmerizing works of art and learn about how humans affect the ocean. Take the message of “reduce, reuse, recycle” to heart. Single-use plastics, such as bags and bottles, often escape the landfill and recycling bins and instead end up in the ocean, where seals, fish and birds can ingest them or become entangled.


  • Scavenger Hunt - Discover activities at all ten sculptures and learn where these animals' real counterparts can be found around the zoo or in the wild.
  • Plastic Smog - Learn how plastics move throughout the ocean.
  • Animal Tales - Play a matching game and learn how garbage affects animals in the ocean.
  • Operation Plastic - Learn how seabirds ingest plastic.
  • Staff Recommended - Browse examples of favorite items used by Zoo staff to help cut down on single-use plastics.
  • Decomposition Lineup - See how long it takes for various materials to break down.
  • Microbead Demo - Find out where tiny plastic microbeads might be lurking in your favorite products.

Event Details

  • When

    Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 9:30a.m.5:00p.m.
  • Price

    Included with admission ($7.95–$17.95; ages 2 and under free) or membership
  • Recommended Ages

    All ages
  • Venue

    Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

    5400 N Pearl St
    Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
    United States