Press Releases and Articles

The board of Center for Aquatic Sciences Appoints New Executive Leadership Team 

The Board of Directors of the Center for Aquatic Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nicole Gillespie as President and CEO and Ms. Barbara Kelly has Executive Vice President and COO. Click here for the full press release.

Center Announces Search for next President and CEO 

The Center has announced its search for the next President and CEO. To see the full posting click here.

Center for Aquatic Sciences Announces Retirement of Brian DuVall, President and CEO 

Brian DuVall announces retirement after over 30 years of leadership. For more information, click here.


Subaru loves learning - and the Center for Aquatic Sciences!
Subaru of America, Inc. has been providing generous support for the Center for Aquatic Sciences and many other non-profits in the area. The Subaru Foundation has helped us deliver over 400 science programs to the Camden Charter School Network’s students, and has made it possible for our outreach programs to reach students all across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York. The support of both of these programs helps us continue to engage countless students with a unique learning environment. (Learn more)

Back Channel paddle and pedal
In April 2018, Center for Aquatic Sciences CEO, Brian DuVall, along with 15 other watershed explorers kayaked down Camden’s little-known “back channel” of the Delaware River. The paddlers made their way down the river to bring awareness to the importance of watershed education and to highlight Camden’s natural beauty. (Learn more)

River Days 2017          
Our second annual River Days festival was held in September 2017. River Days celebrates and highlights the Delaware River through a day of free and educational fun for all ages. Families were encouraged to come out to the waterfront and spend the day playing games, exploring the river, and participating in activities all while learning about conservation and how to protect our waterways. (Learn more)

William Penn GRANTing accessibility
 In September 2017, The William Penn Foundation announced funding to make art, science and literacy programs accessible to low-income neighborhoods. With the help of this grant, community-museum partnerships like our own NaturePlayShare! can make a difference in many family’s lives. (Learn more)

It’s a CAUSE for Celebration
Wednesday August 2nd, 2017- The Center hosted our annual CAUSE for Celebration Gala event. This year the Center congratulated the six CAUSE interns for graduating high school, completing the CAUSE program, and their acceptance to college. (Aired on 6 ABC on 08/02/2017)


World Ocean’s Day!
Saturday June 10th, 2017- Our CAUSE program received a grant of $39,000 from Fishing for Energy and Covanta, owner of the local waste-to-energy facility on World Ocean’s day. (Learn more)


Young Conservationist Receives Camp Surprise
June 1, 2017- A 10-year old student made the initiative to raise money for the animal that she loves, the critically endangered axolotl and donated that money to the Adventure Aquarium. The Center for Aquatic Sciences awarded her commitment to conservation with a week of Summer Sea Camp. (Aired on NBC 10 on 06/1/2017)


Earth Day: A “Paddle for Science”
April 21, 2017- To kick off Earth Day, Brian DuVall, CEO of the Center for Aquatic Sciences, kayaked with community leaders, scientists, educators, and philanthropists for a 3-day voyage to expose the importance of the Delaware River that runs through local suburban and urban areas.(Learn more)


Food Bank Award
March 28, 2017- The Food Bank of South Jersey awarded the Center for Aquatic Sciences with the “Shining Star Award” for recognition of our dedication to the summer meals program. We are thankful for this award and the opportunity to collaborate.



Students Get Squeamish for Science
February 17, 2017 – An outreach from the Center for Aquatic Sciences walked students at F.W. Holbien Middle School through a squid dissection. (Learn more)


Merrily, Merrily: Camden Students Row Across as Part of Cleanup
September 15, 2016 – Several CAUSE Interns paddled across the Delaware River to help kickoff the River Days event. (Learn more)


Hunger Fix
July 28, 2016 – The Center’s CAUSE program partnered with the Food Bank of South Jersey to provide lunches to summer campers. (Learn more)


Cheronda Frazier and ASTC Diversity and Leadership Fellows Program Celebrate 16 years
July 2016- Cheronda Frazier, the Center’s Director of Community Engagement, a previously a member of the ASTC Diversity and Leadership Fellows Program, helps the program celebrate its 16th anniversary. (Learn more)




Joey Rodriguez Shares His Story
July 2016-Joey Rodriguez, Manager of Community Engagement, discusses the impact of joining the CAUSE program and how it has affected his life. (Learn more)




Wounded Warriors Overnight Shark Adventure
March 7, 2016 – Families of wounded veterans packed up their sleeping bags and headed to Adventure Aquarium for the Center’s overnight “Shark in the Dark” adventure (Learn more)


"What Pet Should I Get?” at VECC
March 2, 2016 – The Center for Aquatic Sciences visited the Ventnor Educational Community Complex for Read Across America to teach children what animals were and were not suitable for pets. (Learn more)


CAUSE Works with STEM Steps Out Program
October 4, 2015 - CAUSE students participated in Saving the Environment of Moorestown’s annual STEM Steps Out Festival. There, the students taught guest about turtles, horseshoe crabs and the importance of preserving the environments these creatures live in. (Learn more)


The Center at the Wetlands Institute
September 9, 2015 – The Center for Aquatic Sciences presented Morticia, an eastern screech owl, to educate visitors at Wetlands Institute’s Fall Migration Festival. (Learn more)


The Center Visits Haddonfield Library
August 7, 2015 – On Friday August 7, 2015 The Center for Aquatic Sciences’ Outreach Coordinator, Amy Penney, visited the Haddonfield Library. During the program the children got to learn about and meet a diamond back terrapin, a ball python, a screech owl and a horseshoe crab. (Learn more)


The Center celebrates World Oceans Day
June 6, 2015 – The Center joined Adventure Aquarium in promoting healthy oceans with crafts, educational tables and voting for a favorite beach. Aquarium guests, and even some animals, had the opportunity to tell us why they think oceans are awesome.


Center for Aquatic Sciences receives the Chancellor's Award for Civic Engagement from Rutgers University-Camden
May 12, 2015 – The Center strives to be a responsible member of the community and is honored to have been recognized for our work associated with civic engagement initiatives.



CAUSE fuels passion for research
March 25, 2015 - CAUSE had the chance to travel to Washington, D.C. for a national conference about after-school, before-school and summer learning programs. We had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress to share the ways these programs help teach our generation about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. (Learn more)

Aquatic Academy keeps kid in the flow
July 31, 2014 - The CAUSE program’s Interns have a 100 percent high school graduation rate, and over the past nine years 100 percent enrolled in college. The Center has mentored more than 150 high schoolers and served more than 40,000 youth through its summer camps and other outreach programs. (Learn more)

CAUSE visits Capitol Hill to support afterschool programs
May 28, 2014 - Youth representatives from CAUSE met with members of Congress to advocate for afterschool programs as part of the Afterschool Alliance’s Afterschool for All Challenge. Participants were sent to Capitol Hill to advocate as part of the 21st Century Learning Centers initiative. (Learn more)

Camden youth participate in Youth Summit in Washington, D.C.
March 27, 2013 - The Center for Aquatic Sciences is proud to announce that five students from its Community and Urban Science Enrichment, CAUSE, program traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the 4th Coastal America Partnership Student Summit on the Oceans and Coast. (Learn more)

Adventure Aquarium and Center for Aquatic Sciences designated the region’s first Coastal America Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center
November 15, 2011 - The Adventure Aquarium and the Center for Aquatic Sciences join 23 other marine facilities in becoming part of the growing network of Coastal America Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers. (Learn more)


Outreach visits the Bellmawr Branch of the Camden County Library
July 1, 2010 – Guest speakers from the Center for Aquatic Sciences presented “Investigating Invertebrates” at the Bellmawr Branch of the Camden County Library. The children who attended the program were able to get up close and personal with Madagascar hissing cockroaches, Starfish, Horseshoe crabs, a Chilean rose tarantula and a Diamondback terrapin. (Learn more)

Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium Receives NSF & IMLS Funding
October 29, 2009 - The Center for Aquatic Sciences was awarded $2.5 million over five years in grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a brand new program, CLUES - Community of Learning for Urban Environments and Science. (Learn more)


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