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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We Need Your Old Masks, Snorkels and Fins!

Great reef preservation projects are going on and one is in Raja Ampat in Indonesia. An Australian activist, Norm Van’t Hoff, and others have organized a program run by locals to own and protect their beautiful reefs from poaching, over-fishing, damage from dive boats, and now, one more threat – an explosion of Crown Of Thorns Starfish (COTS). We don’t know why, but the COTS infestation is destroying large parts of the reef, as they did in the Great Barrier Reef. 

Dr. Phil Dustan, from the Award-winning film “Chasing Coral,” is an internationally renowned marine biologist who specializes in reefs. He and colleagues in Raja Ampat have developed a kit that injects a weak vinegar solution (harmless in small amounts to the ocean environment) into COTS, causing them to die.  Much like Lionfish in the Caribbean, the COTS are a threat, with no effective predator.

The locals are now being enlisted to eliminate COTs, but when the injector kits arrived in the islands, they went unused because most locals don’t own snorkeling gear – a mask alone is worth a week’s wages. What they need now are diving masks, snorkels and fins so the kits can be used.

Two of our divers, Bruce Butterworth and Jan Fine, are traveling to Raja Ampat in March to help with the effort. Blue Planet is collecting your old or unused masks, snorkels or fins for them to bring to the locals to use. It doesn’t matter how they look – if they work, they’re fine!

So, please bring them into Blue Planet any time. We will have a special bin for collection at our Holiday party on December 17th.

If you want more information or want to contribute in other ways, please contact Bruce at brbutterworth@gmail.com

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Rock Creek Cleanup - November 23, 2018

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity after the Thanksgiving Feast? Join Blue Planet divers to clean up Rock Creek! Work off those calories while giving back to our community by keeping our waterways clean.

When: Friday, November 23, 2018 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. See map here.

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 Facebook, or just email the shop!

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Join us for AWARE Week and take action for the ocean!

In celebration of the ocean, the first ever AWARE Week is taking place around the world September 15-23, 2018. Aimed at empowering more divers to look after the underwater world, a full week of conservation activities and actions will take place.

Blue Planet has teamed up with Project AWARE and PADI to host a week full of activities for divers and other ocean-lovers in DC. From AWARE courses focused on tackling ocean pollution, to creating awareness for vulnerable shark and ray species, to empowering local communities to take positive actions for the protection of fragile aquatic environments, all are welcome — fins on and fins off.

Check out the schedule below and sign up for an event today!

Sunday, September 16
International Coastal Cleanup @ Rock Creek Park

Tuesday, September 18
Happy Hour: Make your dives count – REEF and Citizen Science

Wednesday, September 19
Project AWARE Specialty — Bring a friend for free!

Thursday, September 20
AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty — Bring a friend for free!

Saturday, September 22
AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty @ West Palm Beach trip

Sunday, September 23
Dive Against Debris @ Sandy Point State Park

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Happy Hour: Make your dives count - September 18, 2018

Part of our celebration of AWARE Week 2018!

Come find out how to Make Your Dives Count through REEF and Citizen Science. Neil Ericsson, a volunteer fish surveyor for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), will talk about how surveys are done, and how marine biologists and policymakers use the data collected to make a difference in protecting our underwater environment. Surveying is also a great way to “give back” while learning more about marine life and making every dive count!

When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM

Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW)

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

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Dive Against Debris - September 23, 2018

Join us for a special AWARE Week Dive Against Debris!

Volunteer your time and save $75 off the Dive Against Debris Specialty! Help clean up the Chesapeake and Sandy Point State Park and earn a specialty certification while you’re at it.

Dive Against Debris for Women's Dive DayWhen: Sunday, September 23, 2018 starting at 9:00 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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International Coastal Cleanup - September 16, 2018

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 16 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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