John Ball Zoo

Making Waves With Art to Save the Sea

This 2022 season John Ball Zoo is hosting a powerful, larger-than-life exhibit called Washed Ashore. The Washed Ashore Traveling Exhibits feature collections of intricate, beautifully designed, giant sea life sculptures made entirely of marine debris collected from the beaches of Oregon. The sculptures of marine life graphically illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways to inspire others to be actively engaged in ocean conservation.
This exhibit features 16 large and colorful sculptures throughout the Zoo and is included in the cost of daily admission. Washed Ashore will be visible to guests from April 1st until the end of the season.

Take 5 - Educational Initiatives

1. Love the Ocean
To know the ocean, its shorelines and its inhabitants. To understand how the ocean affects everyone everywhere on earth.
2. Plastic Pollution
To understand marine debris, (specifically plastic pollution) where it comes from, how it happens, how it travels, and the environmental and ecological impacts.
3. Arts Enliven
To use the language of the visual, performing, literary and media arts to awaken the senses, gain attention and promote solutions to the plastic pollution problem.
4. R's Everyday
Reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse in everyday life. To understand the realities of recycling and the processes of repurposing.
5. Eco-Shift
To change individual habits to refuse plastics, re-think purchases, and shift to more eco-friendly consumer alternatives. To understand biodegradable and sustainable products. To encourage individual, community, governmental, and corporate formats for change.