Owned by the Port of Bellingham
Operated by the NW Discovery Project
The Marine Life Center is under the umbrella of the Northwest Discovery Project, a non-profit organization formed July 10, 1992. One of the organization's main goals is marine awareness. At the Marine Life Center, over 70,000 visitors - mostly school children and parents - are introduced to our local marine flora and fauna in aquatic displays and a hands-on touch tank.
Our mission is to promote stewardship of Washington marine life through interaction. The MLC staff and volunteers aim to introduce visitors to the creatures in the Salish Sea and instill a love for the marine animals that are at home in these waters. We are active in promoting stewardship of the waterways (Whatcom Creek, Padden Creek, Squalicum Creek and Nooksack River) and watershed that flow into the estuary of Bellingham Bay. In case you were unaware, the seawater source in the aquarium is drawn from the Squalicum marina.
Our goal is to improve, restore and maintain marine habitat for fish and invertebrates living in Bellingham Bay. The MLC is an exciting public interactive center where visitors can closely observe and develop a greater appreciation and connection with the animal world that lives beneath our coastal waters; a water world that is often hidden and inaccessible.
Casey has been involved with the MLC since 2010 and became the MLC director in the Fall of 2012. She developed a love for the ocean at a young age which she has cultivated into a passion for marine life and conservation. In March of 2014, she received her Bachelors from WWU. She enjoys art, writing, natural medicine and is in love with life! At home she is a wife and mother of two beautiful daughters, has a wonderful rescue Black Lab/Great Dane best friend and a mini zoo with fish, a frog, a snake and chickens. You can't miss her in the summer, as she has a beautiful octopus tattoo on her arm!
Since childhood, David (Parker as he's known by most) has been enthralled with the natural world in all its wonder. Parker's desire to learn about the world's animals led to researching and studying marine life as well as birds of all types. David studied marine biology in high school and College and spent time overseas working on aquaculture projects in West Africa in the late 90's.
Jason worked as an intern for the MLC while attending Western Washington University to get his B.A. in Environmental Education and now has returned as an employee. His love for marine creatures began when he was a young child and only grew while he was raised on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington. There he explored Pacific Ocean tide pools and Willapa Bay mudflats learning all he could about the ecology surrounding these unique environments. Now he seeks to educate anyone and everyone about the marine creatures he has grown to love. Look for his big red beard at the center and he can give you more than a few fun facts about the animals who live there!