Ocean science + protection

Eco-Booths are back for Tacoma Ocean Fest 2022, with cool interactive booths along the esplanade outside the Foss Waterway Seaport. Meet locals who protect our waters, learn about their work, do a fun activity or hands-on science, and find out how YOU can protect the ocean. Then do the Ocean Action challenge to pledge and win prizes!

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Explore our 2021 booths

Southern Resident Soapery

With eco-friendly home and personal products, the Southern Resident Soapery lives up to 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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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!


University of Puget Sound Oikonos Lab

Oikonos does ecological research to inform planning, conserve wildlife and connect communities. Lead biologist Peter Hodum is our 1pm speaker!
LEARN: How our actions affect wildlife.
DO: See seabird specimens and use an infra-red camera to probe a puffin “burrow.”

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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: Count the cigarette butts in the jar!

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: Play the raindrop Plinko game!

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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: Play the water cycle game!

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.
DO: Skull Sleuth! Guess the sea animal based on its skull…

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Tacoma Public Library

Tacoma Public Library is bringing a quiet story corner INSIDE Ocean Fest! Come read an ocean book and take a calm moment. Then explore all the events at the library’s Summer Reading Series: Oceans of Possibilities!
LEARN: How to learn about the ocean in books.
DO: Hear a story, do origami or sensory play.

Citizens Climate Lobby

Citizens Climate Lobby advocates for legislation to solve the climate crisis and create a sustainable planet for everyone.
LEARN: To speak up to leaders about climate.
DO: Spinner wheel Q&A.

Hilltop Heritage Middle School

The science classes at Hilltop Heritage 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!

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. Located INSIDE.

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

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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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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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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.

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!

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!