The Florida Aquarium, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution dedicated to public entertainment, education and conservation, astounds visitors with the beauty and fragility of our eco-system. The facility is home to over 10,000 aquatic plants and animals from 1,340 species from Florida and all over the world. The cornerstone of The Channel District, The Florida Aquarium’s mission since opening in 1995 is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. It serves as a significant example of Florida’s commitment to preserving native landscapes, ecosystems, historical and archaeological sites, and ethnic and cultural traditions representative of the diverse geography and cultural life unique to our state. Opening in March 1995, the Aquarium has provided cultural enrichment experiences to nearly six million visitors, including 250,000 school students and teachers.