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Albany Aquarium Project presentation


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This is the presentation created for the public forums, the first was held back in July and more will be coming up this winter. The ideas for the aquarium are all tentative and have been gathered through discussions with future stakeholders as well as comments posted to our Facebook page.

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Albany Aquarium Project presentation

  1. 1. Why I am Here  I am a mom  I am an educator  I love the ocean and everything that goes with  I want my children to have a deep appreciation for the Hudson River and the ocean
  2. 2. Why You are Here  Where we want to build it  Where we are in the process  What if anything I can do  What the aquarium will have regarding facilities and such (scope, exhibits)  Target ages and audiences?  Idle curiosity
  3. 3. "In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.“ - Baba Dioum, 1968
  4. 4. Our Vision The Hudson River, in our backyard, a gateway to the oceans and seas beyond
  5. 5. Our Values  To nurture and ensure the well-being of all the animals in our care  To educate visitors about the plants and animals that rely on our rivers and oceans for their survival  To conserve our Hudson River Estuary for future generations
  6. 6. Our Mission Statement To immerse visitors into the aquatic diversity of the Hudson River and the oceans beyond
  7. 7. Why the Capital Region?  Crossroads of the Mohawk River and the Hudson River  Population > 1 million people and expected to grow  Visitors > 5 million people  73 school districts and 21 colleges and universities
  8. 8. Why Now?  Following the lead of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), I  an aquarium could foster collaboration between the  public, state and federal government and private industry  in conservation efforts and aquaculture research  The Governor recently hosted NY’s 1st Tourism Summit designed to bring more visitors to New York State N Y
  9. 9. Strengths/ Opportunities  Nearest aquarium is 2 1/2 hours away  Local municipalities are in the process of revitalizing their waterfronts  Family friendly  Millions of visitors annually Weaknesses/Threats  The capital funds needs to be raised  Improper planning and development
  10. 10. Important Facts to Remember  Aquariums are tourist magnets  Aquariums are economic catalysts  Aquariums improve quality of life for residents Photo by Guy Schmidt via Flickr Photo by Ron Cogswell via Flickr
  11. 11. Tourism Impact  Tourism generates a great deal of economic impact  More than 7.5M people visited Warren County in 2011  An estimated 50% of them stayed overnight  More than 50% of the visitors originate from New York or New Jersey Many of these tourists travel through the Capital Region to get to their destinations in Lake George and the Adirondacks Information provided by Warren County Tourism Department
  12. 12. Tourism Impact continued Second Homes 6%  Tourism generates jobs, more than 30,000 in the Capital Region and Saratoga  More than 5M people spent the night in the Capital Region and Saratoga in 2011 Lodging 20% Transport 23% Retail & Svc Stations 19% Recreation 4% F&B 28% We have the tourists let’s give them another reason to stay Information provided by NYS Department of Economic Development
  13. 13. An Economic Engine  Spending by visitors generates significant retail and consumer services sales  Direct and indirect job creation  Temporary job creation
  14. 14. Lead by Example  Constructed Wetlands to treat waste water  Recycling Bins  Compostable Toilets  Organic Gardening  Aquaculture and Coral Propagation  Rain Collection System
  15. 15. Green Energy  We strive to lead by example as a showcase of what green technologies can do. Potential projects include:  Solar heated water  Geo thermal heated water  Solar power  Hydro-electric
  16. 16. Something for Everyone  Evening lecture series  Aqua After Dark  Parent and me  School Trips  Workshops  Family events
  17. 17. Educational Impact • As a global leader in nanotechnology, the Capital Region needs to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education initiatives  Young child’s play area exhibits and workshops  School age programs and camp offerings during summer     and school vacations High school exhibit interpreter program College internships in fisheries, education and business Homeschooler lecture and lab series Distance learning
  18. 18. Collaboration  University researchers  Private industry  DEC and other agencies  Working with other museums to enhance each other
  19. 19. Potential Sites  Ideally located on the waterfront in  Albany  Cohoes  Green Island  Schenectady  Troy
  20. 20. Introducing the creatures
  21. 21. An exhibit devoted to the aquatic native species of NY from the Adirondacks to Long Island and everywhere in between.
  22. 22. Adirondack Beauty  Trout species  Bass species  Walleyes  Land-locked salmon  Muskies  Northern Pike  Frogs  Crayfish
  23. 23. The Mighty Hudson  Simulate moving boats up and down the Erie Canal  Diamondback Terrapins  Seahorse  Sturgeon  Oysters  American Eels  Newts
  24. 24. Sand Island  Explore the geology of how Long Island was shaped  Create a sand dune with wind  Make waves  Investigate the North Shore vs. South Shore inhabitants  Flounder  Striped Bass  Clearnose Skates  Lobsters, crab species
  25. 25. Rocky Intertidal Touch Tanks  Horseshoe Crabs  Sea Urchins  Whelks  Clams  Sponges  Spider Crabs  Hermit Crabs
  26. 26. An exhibit of American Species, from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast
  27. 27. East Coast  Explore the coast of Maine and Chesapeake Bay  Atlantic Puffins  Harbor Seals  Gray Seals
  28. 28. Gulf Coast  Explore the Everglades and the Bayou  American Alligators  Roseate Spoonbills  Fiddler crabs  Whelks  Shrimp
  29. 29. West Coast  Explore a Kelp Forest  Featuring:  California Sea Lions  Giant Pacific Octopus  Rockfish species  Invertebrates    sea stars snails urchins
  30. 30. This exhibit will showcase all the beauty that the ocean’s coral reefs have to offer and the predators of the deep blue sea.
  31. 31. Coral Garden  South Pacific Reef  Caribbean Reef  Captive bred species
  32. 32. Shark & Ray Splash Bay  Interactive exhibit where guests will have the opportunity to touch and feed animals
  33. 33. Ocean in Motion  Sharks  Eels  Sea Turtle  Schooling fish
  34. 34. Follow the impact our human species has on our natural environment in this exhibit
  35. 35. Invasive Species Station  Explore the effects that non- native organisms have on their native counterparts.  Investigate how invasive species entered their new habitats  Learn what you can do to help protect native species  Play an interactive game at one of the kiosks
  36. 36. Future Exhibits to feature:  This exhibit will change on a bi-annual basis  Global climate change  Pollution  Bioaccumulation
  37. 37. It’s not just the fish
  38. 38. Lil’ Squirt Grotto  An age-appropriate environment made for the museum’s youngest visitors and their grown-ups.  Free timed tickets required during busy      times Gross motor play area (marine themed) A special viewing area allows young guests to see the animals close-up. Large sandbox Mother’s Room Non-circulating library
  39. 39. Marine Science Center  Classrooms (can also be used for private parties)  Wet Lab for dissections  SMARTboard Technology  Ceiling Mounted Projectors  Distance Learning Lab
  40. 40. Trinket Trove Gift Shop  A gift shop of unique and unusual marine- themed gifts
  41. 41. Shark Bites Cafe  Featuring locally grown and produced items  Snacks and light fare for children and adults  Ability to cater events on premises
  42. 42. Lagniappe something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure  A 70,000 gallon pool with harbor seals and grey seals at the aquarium‘s entrance  Boardwalk style path over the constructed wetlands  Shaded Picnic Area  Sprinkler Park (Seasonal)
  43. 43. How we can do it
  44. 44. Where can the money come from?  State Funding and Grants- Local Waterfront Revitalization      Grants Federal Funding and Grants- Congressman Tonko’s Mighty Waters Task Force Private donors and foundations Municipal Bonds Fundraisers Crowdfunding site
  45. 45. Tentative Plan over 8-10 years  Acquire Not-for-profit Status  Establish work groups  Raise funds for feasibility study      and legal costs Hire design team and consultants Raise funds for the master plan Site Acquisition Secure capital Outreach Construction Design
  46. 46. A transformative investment in the Capital Region’s future starts here
  47. 47. What You Can Do Next Volunteer Stay in Touch  Looking for individuals who can  Follow our Albany Aquarium commit 1-2 hours a month to form working groups:  Planning  Marketing/ Outreach  Fundraising Facebook Page  Follow us on Twitter @AlbanyAqua  Sign Up for our quarterly newsletter  Send us an e-mail at