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What is the Reef?

A coral reef ecosystem is a community of millions of organisms from thousands of species that all play a vital role in the health of their habitat. In the same way, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium welcomes you to be a part of a community of movers, thinkers, and doers that is not limited to its employees. You can be a part of the ‘Reef’ and make a difference in a variety of ways by contributing for the betterment of our Living Planet.

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  • $35 provides new nest boxes for birds and other animals
  • $100 provides veterinary care for an animal
  • $500 provides scholarships for Aquarium Summer Camp

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LLPA Story

Creating an aquarium in the middle of a desert in a land-locked state is no simple feat, but it is a fulfillment of one man’s childhood dream.

When Brent Andersen was five years old, his grandmother gifted him a Time Life hardcover book about the sea. He became fascinated by the ocean and dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. Brent worked through college as a biochemist and graduated with a degree in marine biology, but he faced a difficult choice in choosing a career path.

One day Brent received advice in the form of a question. That question was ‘what would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’ His answer was “to make an impact on the world by inspiring those around me to understand how we are all connected, that everything we do—every choice we make—has a lasting effect on our family, communities, and our planet. I would create a place that would inspire people who visited to Explore, Discover, and Learn about our Living Planet.”

In 1998 Brent moved back to Utah and formed the non-profit organization. He had a single van—the aqua van—that traveled to elementary schools and provided students the opportunity to see first-hand animals from the ocean and learn about that habitat. Since then the dream has grown from that single van to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, and it is not done yet. July of 2020, the Aquarium opened the Rio Tinto Kennecott Plaza featuring EECO: the Ecosystem Exploration Craft and Observatory. This is the first phase of the Science Learning Campus project which will serve the local community, become a destination for guests nationwide, and further our mission.

You Belong Here

By visiting this site, you have already demonstrated a desire to make a difference. Many people like you have a passion and a dream to help make this world a better place, but they don’t know where to start. When you visit or donate to the Aquarium, you become part of the effort to protect ecosystems across the world.

You could:

  1. Become a donor with monthly contributions
  2. Volunteer
  3. Adopt an Animal
  4. Purchase a brick or plaque on the Rio Tinto Kennecott Plaza and EECO stage
  5. Join the Ambassadors Council

Testimonials

Lilly Lane

Elementary student from Eagle Mountain, UT

“I donated to the aquarium because they are helping animals that are rare and beautiful. I wanted to help them too!”

Lana Lukes

Donor through the Animal Adoption program

Since my first visit, I’ve enjoyed the people, animals, and awesome displays and exhibits. From Douglas Morton’s amazing music to Rhu’s beautiful face and the otters’ speedy swimming antics, there’s so much to appreciate about the Aquarium environment.
I also love to adopt the clouded leopards, otters, porcupines, sloth, penguins, binturongs, and octopus, to name a few. These adoptions support the care and feeding of your animal and assist the staff to enhance and maintain the exhibits as we enjoy seeing them.

Sterling Nielsen

President and Chief Executive Officer at Mountain America Credit Union

Mountain America is honored to announce an expanded partnership with Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, “The Migratory Animal Education Experience allows the Aquarium and their educators to better serve the local community by expanding interactive learning opportunities.”

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