The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s interpretive training program for volunteers and its county-wide effort to support guests with special needs are being celebrated as two of the top initiatives of any zoo and aquarium in America. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium
The Maritime Aquarium’s “Conversation 2 Conservation” training program and its “Accessibility for All” effort were among the top honorees during the national conference of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums this week in New Orleans. The AZA is the organization that sets the top standards for animal care and guest safety at North American zoos and aquariums. Currently, only 236 institutions meet the strict criteria for AZA acceditation. Both of the Maritime Aquarium programs receiving 2019 AZA awards were initiatives of the Aquarium’s Education department. “Both of these awards provide recognition for innovative steps we are taking to serve Aquarium guests in exciting new ways,” said Tom Naiman, director of Education.