Celebrate Stryker’s annual winter weather prediction with free child admission for every paid adult, and special activities
In celebration of Stryker’s annual winter weather prediction, guests are invited to visit the harbor seal and all his friends at Aquarium of Niagara on Saturday, Nov. 5, for NOCO Day, presented by the local, full-service energy company.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests receive free child admission with every paid adult admission. A scavenger hunt and face painting are among the special activities, along with pop-up displays featuring winter energy-saving tips and NOCO’s sustainable initiatives, including its interactive bug encounter that recycles food waste to create a sustainable protein source for use in animal and aquaculture feed. In addition, visitors can experience penguin and sea lion presentations and learn more about Stryker and his harbor seal friends during feeding sessions at the Rescue Harbor seal exhibit.
“NOCO Day” follows Stryker’s anticipated seasonal forecast. On Friday, Nov. 4, Aquarium of Niagara will team up with NOCO for the third year in a row to deliver the winter weather outlook. The harbor seal has gone two-for-two in his weather predictions, with Western New York experiencing a milder, cold winter in 2020, and a frigid one last year.
Only Stryker knows this year’s prediction!
“The aquarium is committed to helping visitors feel empowered to make a difference for aquatic life through simple actions like making sustainable energy choices,” said Gary Siddall, president and CEO of the Aquarium of Niagara. “ ‘NOCO Day’ encourages community access to the aquarium; and invites our neighbors to make meaningful connections with animals like Stryker, who are ambassadors for their counterparts in the wild – many of whom are facing challenges caused by human impact.”
“Partnering with Aquarium of Niagara and Stryker has been a fun way to prepare for the changing seasons, while also providing awareness around sustainability and conservation efforts, which impact climate change,” said Pierre Aubertin, assistant vice president, NOCO. “Being a family company ourselves, we encourage you to join with us in celebrating Stryker and bringing the family for a fun-filled day at the Aquarium.”
Limited-edition “Stryker Predicts Winter” plush harbor seals will be available for sale in the aquarium gift shop on “NOCO Day,” while supplies last. Proceeds from each sale will benefit the Aquarium of Niagara’s conservation fund, which provides educational opportunities and access to local students, funds internal and external conservation research, supports wildlife crisis relief, and equips aquarium staff with resources to conduct projects in the field.