Rio Tinto Kennecott Plaza
The Rio Tinto Kennecott Plaza is closed for the winter season beginning Friday, January 1, 2021. We look forward to welcoming you to the plaza in the spring!
The Plaza includes EECO (Ecosystem Exploration Craft & Observatory), community gathering space, peaceful gardens, interactive play areas, and an amphitheater. Guests can explore their connection to the Living Planet through interactive learning experiences.
As an artistic sculpture, EECO inspires curiosity and wonder. The overall educational themes throughout the plaza focus on the concepts of curiosity, connections, and choices. The Plaza will be used for community events such as festivals, farmers’ markets, outdoor events, and more!
In the curiosity area, guests will explore a world of small creatures like the Star-nosed mole or a microscopic Tardigrade scaled to make people feel the same microscopic size. Children can also play on the Microscope Slide. On the other side of EECO’s ramp, there is a rock grotto for small gatherings or a small private event rental.
In the connections space, guests will learn about how all ecosystems are interconnected to create our Living Planet. Children can swing on the mini ziplines or explore the journey of water in the interactive water table. A giant water cycle will demonstrate how people, plants, and animals are all connected by water.
The choices area includes a “Coral Garden” made from living succulents and cacti, a Coral Reef play area, and a garden where guests can reflect on their place in the world, and how personal actions can help or hurt the ecosystems around us. Together, we are all members of one global ecosystem, our Living Planet.
Our new Welcome Center is where guests will purchase tickets or scan their memberships to enter the Aquarium as well as the new Plaza. Our Guest Services team can assist you with whatever your may need, from renewing a membership, to purchasing gift cards, or setting up an Animal Encounter. Let us know how we can help!
Explore, Discover, Learn
The Aquarium’s new Plaza will feature many hands-on experiences. From an interactive water table, to an Eel drinking fountain, there’s something exciting around every corner!