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End of School Art Contest

Portland Aquarium is excited to expand students’ interest in aquatics or marine biology through an art contest where they can illustrate fish, birds, reptiles or oceanography. In doing so, they have a chance to win a scholarship, a family annual membership or tickets to the Portland Aquarium. Total Prize Money The combined total in prize […]

Educator Open House

The Portland Aquarium would like to invite you to attend our Educator Open House.  Please come by the aquarium with your fellow educators and take a brief tour and share some hands-on experience with our animals.  Learn how we are inspiring a new generation of ocean explorers and conservationists through our Educational Field Trips with […]

Improve Your Health, Visit an Aquarium

Research has been done comparing control groups to those exposed to aquaria.  Benefits have included reports of decreased stress, increase in relaxation, reduced anxiety, decreased aggressive behaviors and improved eating behaviors and nutrition.  The benefits were seen in the elderly, dental patients and Alzheimer patients, among others. Aquarium owners have long claimed a feeling of […]


Free Admission to the Portland Aquarium with a School Supply Donation for Underprivileged Kids

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Susan Elcox 503-303-4721 Media contact for The Salvation Army- Teresa Steinmetz Director of Communications and Marketing 503-794-3283   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Milwaukie, OR.  August 6, 2014 “Shark Drive for School Supplies” will be held on August 23rd at the Portland Aquarium.  It is a school supply drive to benefit […]

Leopard Shark

  Fun facts about our Leopard Shark: They have become protected in California and Oregon coasts so that they are not over fished. These types of sharks are most commonly found in sandy or muddy bays and estuaries near the bottom. It is rare to find them in size over 6 feet long. Leopard sharks […]

Sea Cucumbers

Meet our friends, the Sea Cucumbers!   Sea cucumbers are echinoderms from the class holothuroidea. They are marine invertebrates with a leathery skin and an elongated bod. Sea cucumbers are found on the sea floor worldwide. The number of holothurian species worldwide is about 1250 with the greatest number being in the Asia Pacific region.     Many of these […]

Gulper Shark

Gulper Shark – Centrophorus granulosus from WHAT TO LOOK FOR This shark has a smooth skin (block-shaped denticles wide spaced but not overlapping). It has a rather short and thick snout, and its first dorsal fin is quite short and high, with the second being almost as high with a spine base over its […]