We connect people with nature to drive conservation action for the benefit of people, animals and the planet. The National Aquarium’s mission—to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures—begins within the walls of our buildings, but it does not end there. We protect, enhance and restore natural resources through education and engagement, habitat restoration, animal rescue and sustainable business practices.
Our Conservation Goals
Our conservation work is guided by three overarching goals—to combat climate change, save wildlife and habitats, and stop plastic pollution.
Combat Climate Change
Global climate change poses serious challenges, but each one of us has the ability and responsibility to care for our ocean planet.
Save Wildlife and Habitats
We practice the highest standards of animal care and are a leader in animal welfare—both inside the Aquarium and out. We protect wildlife an...
Stop Plastic Pollution
We protect vital habitats for wildlife and people by advocating for the elimination of single-use plastics and removing plastic pollution fr...
Initiatives How We Act On Our Conservation Goals
We act on our conservation goals by protecting and restoring the environment, advocating and caring for animals, and educating and empowering people.
We need your help! Support Our Conservation Work
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Let's take this outside. Join the National Aquarium as we remove plastic pollution from habitats, plant wetland grasses and native gardens, document local wildlife and more.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice
The National Aquarium is dedicated to creating an environment that is inclusive, equitable and accessible to people from all backgrounds. We cannot successfully change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet without connecting with and appreciating the broad diversity of identities, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives that make our community unique.