The Spirit Mountain Community Fund donated $25,000 to sustain and improve the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s facility, exhibits and education programs, according to a press release from Spirirt Mountain Casino.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a nonprofit, public aquatic and marine science exhibition facility that offers educational programs and exhibits that are home to 259 unique species that are mostly native to the ocean off of Oregon’s coast. The Aquarium seeks to provide a balanced, informed view of the wealth and fragility of coastal resources and promote environmental awareness, conservation and stewardship.

Admissions and other earned revenue only cover part of the aquarium’s annual expenses, according to the release. 

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s focus is to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits consistent with the Tribe’s culture and values, according the release.

As the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the fund has awarded more than $60 million in grants to nonprofits throughout Oregon. For information, visit www.thecommunityfund.com/.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.aquarium.org or call 541-867-3474.

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