EDUCATION: Estuarium moves into new location in Olympia

The South Sound Estuarium has moved into its new digs at 309 State Ave. NE, a larger and more visible location in downtown Olympia.

The new location for the marine education center has allowed for the addition of a new 125-gallon aquarium to go along with the two existing 55-gallon tanks. Each of the aquaria are filled with marine creatures from the South Sound, including sea stars, crabs, sea cucumbers and a nudibranch.

Work at the center continues, including a classroom and lab space. That area is expected to be open by mid-August, Diana Larsen-Mills, acting executive director for the South Sound Estuary Association.

After being closed several weeks to make the move, the Estuarium is again open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends.

Mills said the association also is planning a grand opening celebration from 2-5 p.m. on Aug. 16. The family-friendly event will include music, food and interactive science exhibits. There will be free admission to the event.

Regular admission $5 for a family, $3 per individual adult, $1 for children 17 and younger, and free for association members.

You can learn more about the center and the association at sseacenter.wordpress.com.