International Coastal Cleanup - September 22, 2019

Join the Blue Planet Stream Team in cleaning up our adopted portion of Rock Creek Park as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup!

WHEN: Sunday, September 22 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: Meet up in the parking lot across from Peirce Mill on Tilden Street right before it crosses Beach Drive and turns into Park Road. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the Cleveland Park Metro station.

WHAT TO BRING: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (you may get wet). Bring yard gloves if you have them. And don’t forget water — in a reusable container, of course.

RSVP: Please RSVP on our Facebook event page, or just email the shop!

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Happy Hour: Why Sharks Matter - August 27, 2019

Feeling inspired by Shark Week? Come to this special talk by Dr. David Shiffman to learn more about sharks, the threats they face and how we can help protect them as divers.

Dr. David Shiffman is a marine conservation biologist studying sharks, and an award winning conservation biologist. He’s written for the “Washington Post” and “Scientific American” and has a monthly column in “SCUBA Diving” magazine. Follow him on Twitter @whysharksmatter where he’s always happy to answer any questions anyone has about sharks.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 starting at 7:00 PM

Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009)

RSVP via Facebook or email

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It's July! Time for the Great Annual Fish Count

Make a difference in marine conservation — join REEF’s Great Annual Fish Count! Every July, divers and snorkelers across the world join to learn about marine diversity and conduct fish surveys as a part of REEF’s ongoing Volunteer Fish Survey Project.

In honor of the occasion, Blue Planet will be offering a special on Fish ID classes:

REEF Fish Identification Travel EditionSign up for a Fish ID class in the month of July and once you complete your 2 training dives with Blue Planet on a trip, we’ll give you a free copy of the Reef Fish Identification (Travel Edition): Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida!

  1. Sign up for the AWARE Fish ID specialty class with us.
  2. You can complete the classroom training with us on Thursday, July 25 or another time; we hold classes every month.
  3. Then join us on any of our trips and we can complete your two training dives. We’ll teach you the basics of fish identification and how to run your own fish surveys and then report your results to REEF.

How does this help conservation efforts?
Once your survey information is submitted online to REEF, the data are processed via REEF’s standardized data management and quality control protocols and then are uploaded into a centralized database that is available on REEF’s website. In addition to use by the general and diving public, the data are available to scientists and resource managers.

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PADI Women's Dive Day - July 20, 2019

Join the ladies of Blue Planet for a special Dive Against Debris!

Although pretty much every day is Women’s Dive Day here at Blue Planet, we’re joining divers all over the world to celebrate women in diving! This year we’re heading back to Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis for a Dive Against Debris followed by brunch.

When: Saturday, July 20, 2019 starting at 8:00 AM

Where: Sandy Point State Park1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409

We can do a picnic brunch on the beach following the dive, or head into downtown Annapolis.

Carpooling is recommended! We’ll put together a ride list once people have signed up.

RSVP: Send us an email to let us know you’re interested. Space is limited, so don’t wait!

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Rock Creek Clean-up - Sunday, June 30, 2019

Join the Blue Planet Stream Team and Rock Creek Conservancy in the fight against plastics and marine debris as we clean up Rock Creek. Start your Sunday off with some good karma and enjoy our nation’s third oldest national park!

When: Sunday, June 30, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Where: Meet up in the parking lot across from Pierce Mill on Tilden Street right before it crosses Beach Drive and turns into Park Road. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the Cleveland Park Metro station.

What to bring: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (you may get wet). Bring yard gloves if you have them. And don’t forget water — in a reusable container, of course.

RSVP: Please sign up by clicking here and RSVP on our Facebook event page, or just email the shop!

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World Oceans Day - Dive Against Debris - June 8, 2019

Join us for World Oceans Day as we Dive Against Debris

Help clean up the Chesapeake and Sandy Point State Park and earn a specialty certification while you’re at it. Let us know if you are interested in the Dive Against Debris Speciality!

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019 starting at 8:00 AM

Where: Sandy Point State Park1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409

We can do a picnic brunch on the beach following the dive, or head into downtown Annapolis.

Carpooling is recommended! We’ll put together a ride list once people have signed up.

RSVP: Send us an email to let us know you’re interested. Space is limited, so don’t wait!

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Movie Night: Our Planet - April 16th, 2019 - POSTPONED TBD

In lieu of our monthly happy hour and in honor of Earth Day, we’re going to mix it up with a movie. Join your dive buddies to catch an episode or two of Our Planet, a new documentary series on Netflix from the makers of the Planet Earth and Blue Planet series.

Voiced by Sir David Attenborough, the series will showcase the world’s incredible species and most at-risk habitats in ways they have never been seen before—from ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests.

More than just a showcase of the planet’s wonders, Our Planet aims to inspire people around the world to understand the natural world as never before. WWF worked with Netflix and Silverback Films to ensure Our Planet is supported by the latest ground-breaking science and highlights the Earth’s most pressing challenges.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Blue Planet’s shop (1755 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20009)

RSVP: on Facebook or via email

Bring a lawn chair or pillow and some beverages! We’ll have popcorn and other snacks.

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Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup - Sunday, April 14, 2019

Join the Blue Planet Stream Team, the Rock Creek Conservancy and the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 11th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, in coordination with the 31st Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Where: Meet up in the parking lot across from Pierce Mill on Tilden Street right before it crosses Beach Drive and turns into Park Road. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the Cleveland Park Metro station.

What to bring: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (you may get wet). Bring yard gloves if you have them. And don’t forget water — in a reusable container, of course.

RSVP: Please register online by clicking here and then RSVP on our Facebook event page, or just email the shop!

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2019 DC Environmental Film Festival

Environmental Film Festival logoIt’s that time of year again! We’re excited to see the lineup for the 2019 DC Environmental Film Festival running March 14-24, 2019. There are over 100 screenings and programs, including world premieres and discussions with experts and artists.

Join us!

We’ll be attending the film below as a group for our March Happy Hour. You can buy tickets for $10 online here. Let us know if you plan to go by RSVP’ing on Facebook or via email.

Sunday, March 24

Sharkwater Extinction – 2:00 PM

Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 (METRO: Dupont Circle, Red Line)

This thrilling, inspiring, and action-packed journey follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks. From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, France, and even in our own backyard, Stewart’s third film dives into the often-violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade to expose a multi-billion dollar industry. Shark finning is still rampant; shark fin soup is still being consumed on an enormous scale; and endangered sharks are being used to make products for human consumption. Stewart’s mission is to save the sharks and oceans before it’s too late. But exposing illegal activities isn’t easy; protecting sharks has earned him some powerful enemies.

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Rock Creek Cleanup - MLK Day of Service UPDATED!

**BE ADVISED, we have updated the meeting location for the event due to the government shutdown. SEE BELOW FOR UPDATED LOCATION. The National Park Service has requested there be no organized volunteer activities in Rock Creek Park, therefore we will be helping Rock Creek Park by cleaning up the communities nearby.**

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity for the MLK Day of Service? Join Blue Planet divers to clean up Rock Creek! Honor Dr. King’s legacy and give back to our community through keeping our waterways clean.

When: Monday, January 21, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Where: 2801 Quebec St NW. Parking available in the lot and on street. Parking might be limited, so volunteers are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation. MetroRail access is available from Red Line at Cleveland Park.

What to bring: Please dress appropriately for the weather. Layers and a hat to prevent exposure to the cold is recommended. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers. We recommend long pants and sleeves to prevent contact with poison ivy. And don’t forget water — in a reusable container, of course.

Registration: Please click here to register up for this event.

RSVP: Please RSVP on Facebook, or just email the shop!

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