Come celebrate our connection to the ocean during a World Oceans Day Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Mote Aquarium.

World Oceans Day is an international day of ocean celebration that provides an annual opportunity to honor, appreciate and help conserve the world’s oceans. Our oceans help regulate our climate, provide us with the oxygen we breathe and feed millions of people every year.

World Oceans Day, nationally celebrated on June 8, was established in 1992 at the Earth Summit and declared a holiday by the United Nations in 2009 as a reminder of the importance of a clean ocean and its impact on our future.

Here at Mote, we celebrate it on June 4 with a family-friendly festival. Mote’s World Oceans Day event will have the national theme “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet,” reminding us that the ocean is the heart of our planet, and like the human heart, our lives depend on it.

This year’s event will include educational activities that focus around human impacts on the ocean and ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Mote is looking to make some big waves by including great music, face painting and a Kona Ice truck, creating a welcoming environment for families and those who enjoy marine life.

The family festival is free with regular paid admission to Mote Aquarium and is free for Mote Members.

Details for Visitors:

  • What: World Oceans Day Family Festival
  • When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4
  • Where: Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota
  • Cost: Free with admission to Mote Aquarium, and free for Mote Members

For more information or to sponsor the event, please contact Stacy Alexander at 941-388-4441 ext. 509,; or Sofie Wachtmeister at 941-388-4441ext. 394,