Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Have You Herd? Cowfish, cownose rays and cows at the Tennessee Aquarium

We had a lot of fun recently when two of the Chick-fil-A cows visited the Tennessee Aquarium. They were on hand to meet, nose to nose, a scrawled cowfish before it was introduced to the Secret Reef exhibit in the Ocean Journey building. This curious fish seemed pretty interested in the friendly bovines looking in at it.

Several Aquarium guests came up to pose for pictures with the Chick-fil-A cows and get some close-ups of the cowfish. This little guy is one of more than 250 reef fish being added to the Secret Reef. Our husbandry staff has been caring for these fish at the Aquarium's Animal Care Facility while they were completing the quarantine process. Chick-fil-A is now the official sponsor of the Aquarium's Lunch & Learn Programs. “The Chattanooga Area Chick-fil-A restaurants are honored to help support the Tennessee Aquarium’s Lunch and Learn programs,” said Mitch Collins, Operator of the Chick-fil-A restaurant at Gunbarrel Pointe. “We fully encourage quality, interactive and fun activities for families, and are proud to support the Aquarium as it provides programs, events and unforgettable experiences for the families in our community,"

Last year, more than 77,000 students visited the Aquarium to see cownose stingrays, cowfish and thousands of other creatures. Lunch & Learn Programs give teachers added value to each outing. “Thanks to ongoing community support, we are able to offer educational programs free of charge to visiting school groups,” said Tim Baker, the Aquarium’s director of education. “Lunch and Learn helps teachers make the most of their time here. We offer four different, grade-specific programs students can receive while they are having lunch. The kids enjoy them as much as our educators enjoy delivering them.”

Classroom Programs, Lunch & Learn and Auditorium Programs are FREE for school groups visiting the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX 3D Theater or River Gorge Explorer. These free programs are limited to one per school group but additional programs may be scheduled for $3 per student.
If you know a teacher, pass this link along to them: and ask them if they've "herd" about the Aquarium's exciting, FREE education programs.

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