OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale asked kids 12 years old and under to craft an endangered animal made from recycled materials to celebrate Endangered Species Day and World Oceans Day. This year, 411 kids from across the Valley submitted incredible masterpieces using items such as cardboard boxes, egg cartons, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, plastic milk jugs, bubble wrap, shoe boxes, chicken wire, newspaper, soda cans, and plastic bottles. Every child that entered an art piece received a free OdySea Aquarium Admission Ticket and every work of art was proudly displayed at the aquarium for several weeks between Endangered Species Day and World Oceans Day for all the guests to admire!

OdySea Aquarium’s Conservation Committee, comprised of team members from every department, chose some true standouts to win top prizes. The aquarium hosted the winners (four of the five winners; one was out of town) and their immediate families. as they were recognized for their hard work and effort! Each winner received a priceless, one-of-a-kind animal painting from either an OdySea African penguin or a California sea lion! The lucky winners were then surprised with a very special visit from Holly, an outgoing African penguin (an endangered species) that calls OdySea home.