And not just any aquarium, but one with a vision for meeting an educational need for the San Joaquin Valley. The previous post reminds me that cnidarians, especially corals, are among the organisms most threatened by environmental change today. I've just recently become a member of the Aquarius Aquarium Institute. You can read about their activities on the link and consider becoming a charter member. This is a non-profit that already has forged some significant links with the local business community, acquired land bordering riparian habitat and is currently raising funds to realize their vision.

As someone who has taught Earth Science, I see a crying need for this facility. High school students who take Earth Science are expected to master standards in oceanography, but (obviously) the Central Valley is not exactly coastal! A dedicated, world-class aquarium with a significant educational mission could greatly enhance the ability of local public school teachers to address those standards.

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