Ocean science + protection

Eco-Booths are back in-person for Tacoma Ocean Fest 2021! Following all Covid-19 protocols, we’ll have cool booths along the esplanade outside the Foss Waterway Seaport. Meet locals who protect our waters, learn about their work, do a fun activity and find out how YOU can protect the ocean. Then play the Ocean Action Game to pledge and win a sticker!

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350 Tacoma

350 Tacoma believes in an equitable, green, fossil-free future for all. Locally they are taking action against the new LNG facility in the Port of Tacoma and working to restore a piece of salt marsh.
LEARN: To speak to your City Council!
DO: A spinning wheel game for fun prizes, plus a scoop-the-plastic tub.

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Tacoma Tree Foundation

Tacoma Tree Foundation plants and shares trees around our city, helping us understand that everything is connected: people, plants, animals and ocean.
LEARN: To plant trees and care for community!
DO: Take home a plant and do a tree-craft.

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Sealifer 3

SR3 Sealife Response, Rehab and Research frees whales entangled in fishing gear, delivers second chances for sick and injured seals, and monitors the health of endangered species like the Southern Resident killer whales. They inspires the community to take action for the ocean.
LEARN: To change your daily habits to protect the ocean.
DO: Discover how a sea otter stays warm, check out the biggest vertebrae you have ever seen and more!

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Pierce Conservation District

Pierce Conservation District works county-wide on habitat restoration, reducing stormwater runoff, shoreline restoration and environmental education.
LEARN: To reduce your stormwater footprint!
DO: A Plinko-style game to learn about stormwater runoff.

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City of Tacoma Recycle

The Recycle Reset Project promotes waste reduction and recycling education so trash doesn’t end up in Puget Sound. Confused about plastics and recycling? They can help!
LEARN: How to recycle right!
DO: The online waste-sorting video game.

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Grit City Co-op

The Grit City Co-op promotes use and consumption of sustainable food and goods, with a grocery coming soon that will provide products from local and sustainable producers – including seafood.
LEARN: About local and sustainable producers.
DO: The Food Quiz! (English and Spanish, with prizes…)

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Chayah Boutique

Located inside the museum, The Chayah Boutique booth promotes recycled and sustainable fashion options. They educate consumers on ways to be socially responsible and prevent fashion waste.
LEARN: To recycle all unwanted textiles.
DO: Make a t-shirt bag.

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Pierce County Library

The Pierce County Library system provides access to educational materials, from books to videos, magazines, the Internet and so much more.
LEARN: Daily actions that help protect the ocean!
DO: The Whale Listening activity.

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City of Tacoma Stormwater

The City’s stormwater division works to manage all the water runoff that heads off pavement and roofs, down the drain and into the Sound. They want to keep it as clean as possible!
LEARN: Does your car leak?
DO: Park your car in the Republic parking lot, check in with the Stormwater booth nearby and they’ll check your car for leaks while you have fun at the festival!

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Downtown On The Go

DOTG encourages car-free ways to explore the Tacoma downtown, from walking to cycling to transit, car-pools and more.
LEARN: To explore your city on foot.
DO: Coming soon!

Harbor Wild Watch

Harbor Wild Watch

With beachwalks and talks, Harbor Wild Watch offers fun and interactive ways to get adults and kids excited about the plants and animals that inhabit the Salish Sea, and how they can protect the local marine environment.
LEARN: To identify marine plants and animals on the beach.
DO: Coming soon!

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Jason Lee Middle School

The science classes at Jason Lee Middle School rock! Not only do they study water quality, clean up beaches and educate our community on the plastic problem, they’re also working to get solar power for their school.
LEARN: To break free from plastic.
DO: Coming soon!

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Washington Environmental Council

WEC works to protect, restore and sustain Washington’s environment for us all, with clean air, clean water, sustainable forests and environmental justice.
LEARN: To join in!
DO: Coming soon.

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South Sound Surfrider

South Sound Surfrider is the local chapter of an international organization that works for clean waters on our coasts. Locally they hold beach cleanups, speak up to our representatives and support Ocean Friendly Restaurants.
LEARN: How to keep beaches clean for people and animals alike.
DO: Coming soon!

Zero Waste Washington

Zero Waste Washington

Zero Waste Washington works towards exactly that – a state producing zero waste! By educating folks and getting laws changed, we can protect our oceans from plastic trash.
LEARN: How to reduce your trash.
DO: Coming soon!

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Citizens for a Healthy Bay

CHB works to clean up pollution in Commencement Bay and hold polluters accountable. They fight the expansion of industries that worsen climate change, host an Environmental Justice Camp for Girls, organize beach clean ups, and engage local, state and federal governments on environmental policy.
LEARN: How to keep Commencement Bay clean.
DO: Coming soon!

Ikkatsu Project

Ikkatsu Project

The Ikkatsu Project cleans up our waters, doing trash pickups and counts from Puget Sound to Alaska. They work with local scientists to take water samples for study of nanoplastics, and co-host the annual Tacoma Shoreline Survey & Cleanup with Ocean Fest – this year on June 5.
LEARN: How plastic harms ocean life.
DO: Coming soon!

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A Drop in the Ocean

With eco-friendly home and personal products, plus completely sustainable packaging, A Drop in the Ocean totally goes beyond their name to make a big difference for our waters.
LEARN: To use soap, shampoo and cleaning products to care for the ocean.
DO: Coming soon!

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Tahoma Audubon Society

Tahoma Audubon is all about protecting and celebrating wildlife – especially birds! With events, workshops and wild places they help connect us with our avian friends.

LEARN: Discover our local seabirds, learn how to support their habitat.
DO: Coming soon!

Good Morning Trees

Local author and doctor Aisha Nnoli comes in person to show you her newest book “Good Morning Trees”! Perfect for under-10s, it explains how the ocean helps fight climate change – and how we can help.

LEARN: How to reduce your emissions and slow climate change.
DO: A digital quiz!

PCD booth

Can’t attend in-person? Check out the 2020 Virtual Eco-Booths here.