SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Kicks off Search for Young Environmentalists-Auburn Hills

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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, the 35,000-square-foot aquarium set to open in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in early 2015, announced that it is hosting a contest to select 12 Michigan children to join its Young Environmentalist Panel.  The Young Environmentalists will serve as student ambassadors and help educate the community about SEA LIFE’s local and global conservation efforts.  SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium General Manager Hayley Townsend made the announcement.

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium is asking local children ages 8 to 12 who are passionate about the sea and its creatures to submit entries via Facebook to earn a spot on the Young Environmentalist panel. Those selected will win a SEA LIFE Michigan Annual Pass, be one of the first to preview the new attraction before it opens to the public, and be invited to participate in special events throughout the year. They will also help communicate SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium’s conservation messages to the community, and join in a variety of special environment-related activities during their “year in office.”
“Our goal at SEA LIFE is to not only educate guests about the importance of conservation, but to actually inspire them to take an active role in the environmental protection mission,” said Townsend. “The Young Environmentalist panel will help us engage the support of the Michigan community through the passionate young people who will be the future protectors of our waters.”
To enter, children need to submit a photo of an artistic creation based on the sea-it can be anything including a drawing, a painted picture, a Lego or Play-Doh model, or other art pieces.  Along with their creation, children need to submit a 100-word essay explaining why he/she loves the sea.  A full explanation and submissions form can be found here: http://bit.ly/SEALIFEMIYoungE.  The deadline to enter is November 16.
 
About SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
 
SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium is a 35,000-square-foot aquarium slated to open in Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Spring 2015. As the 7th SEA LIFE location in the United States, and the 42nd in the world, SEA LIFE Michigan will feature engaging, educational and one-of-a-kind experiences that bring guests nose-to-nose with more than 5,000 amazing creatures, including sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, sea horses and much, much more. SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors will see strong evidence of SEA LIFE’s Breed, Rescue and Protect activities around the world, including new projects developed locally. For more information, visit www.visitsealife.com.  
 
About Merlin Entertainments
 
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 105 attractions, 11 hotels/3 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and 25,000 employees. 
 
Merlin has twenty-three attractions and one hotel in North America  – including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park, and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park, SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York, Washington DC, Las Vegas; Hollywood; and San Francisco LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis and Charlotte – Concord – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator.  Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.