Green Tip #3: The National Aquarium encourages you to go “Beyond the Boardwalk” this summer. We believe that ocean health begins at home and are constantly encouraging our visitors to make smart choices when it comes to the environment. However, there are also simple things you can do while vacationing at a beach or lake this summer to be mindful of the environment and its local inhabitants – the animals! Here are five easy tips to enjoy and protect the beaches and waterways you visit:
1. Leave only footprints. Pursuing, touching, or collecting animals can be dangerous to the person and the animal involved. Appreciate the beauty of nature by only observing and taking photos.
2. Be mindful of fishing gear. Aquatic animals can swallow discarded hooks and can get dangerously entangled in fishing lines.
3. Obey the signs- stay off dunes. They protect land during storms and are habitats for a number of animals.
4. Go green and bug off. Use mint- or eucalyptus-based bug repellants to protect your skin and the Earth.
5. Have fun learning! Visit nature centers, museums, zoos, and aquariums to learn about the local environment.
Be sure to check out our annual event, Beyond the Boardwalk, a series of events celebrating ocean life, and sharing ways to protect and restore our local waterways for thousands of animals that call them home. The festival on the pier this weekend will feature a variety of exciting and interactive programs, games, and stories on ways can be responsible and get involved! Visit aqua.org for details!