Today's guest blogger is Nick Fash, an education specialist at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
What do you get when you share the underwater world and all of its amazing life to 75,000 visitors and 15,000 students a year? Lots of broken things.
At Heal the Bay's public marine education facility, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, it's a fact of life that the constant use of our projectors, DVD players, cameras and other items eventually leads to their demise. And while it is our passion and goal to show each and every visitor, child or adult, as much as we can about the amazing life just steps from our door in the Santa Monica Bay -- there is only so much space our intimate facility offers to accomodate and house our local marine life. So, using photography, video and other interactive displays helps us share so much more of what is right in our back yard.
Having served as a valuable community resource for the past nine years, we are now turning to the community to ask our neighbors and fans to help us in replacing some of the critical equipment that keep our public education programs running. To see what items members in our community might be able to donate to us, we are starting a Heal the Bay Wishlist program.
That old iPad which you just upgraded? We would love it. The projector you no longer need at the office? Yes please!
To see if there is an item you no longer need that would help us run our programs better, take a look at our list below:
Web Cams (live feeds of exhibits and special tanks)
Windows or Apple Computers or Laptops (systems for use by interns and volunteers)
iPads (tablets for surveying, data collection, display of material and even sign usage)
Paint Supplies/Painting Services (new paint needed for Santa Monica Pier Aquarium's exterior and interior)
New/Used Vehicles (a truck with 4-wheel drive for dive and facility equipment transport)
ROV (for underwater research)
To donate to the Heal the Bay Wishlist program, call Nick at 310.393.6149 x108 or send Nick an e-mail.