Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

Washed Ashore Art to Save the Sea

May 8–August 31 | 9 am–8 pm
September 1–26 | 9 am–6:30 pm

See and interact with eight vibrant, larger-than-life sea animal sculptures created from ocean debris… powerful art to spark positive change!

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The Garden closes early to the general public for concerts and other special events throughout the summer. Check out our Hours & Daily Admission web page for the latest updates.

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Free for Garden Members

Admission Costs
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Garden Members: Learn More about MembershipFree
 Adults (18+)$12
*Seniors (62+), AAA Members, AARP, Military$10
 *Students (w/school ID)$10
 Children (3-17)$5
 Children (2 & under)Free
 NWTC Students & FacultyFree w/ current ID

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Tickets can be used for daily admission at any time during regular Garden hours (excluding special events and classes) and are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

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About the Exhibit

It’s the debut of Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea at Green Bay Botanical Garden and in Wisconsin! Guests of all ages can see and touch eight stunning sea animal sculptures made from trash and debris found in bodies of water while learning more about the effects of plastic pollution. Learn more in this video presentation from founder Angela Haseltine Pozzi!

You’ll discover the connections between plastic waste, the wellbeing of marine life (and us!) and learn everyday actions that we can all take to make a difference for the Great Lakes and beyond.

Washed Ashore has traveled to botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos and museums across North America. Over the last several years, it has gained popularity, making stops at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; SeaWorld Parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Toronto Zoo and even the Epcot Center at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, among many more. The Garden is the first and only venue in Wisconsin to host this traveling exhibit.

About the Sculptures

These sculptures will be placed throughout the Garden including a brand new sculpture – Stanley the Sturgeon – to represent that plastic pollution affects the Great Lakes, a region that supports upwards of 40 million people with its fresh water!


Keep an eye out for educational signs detailing facts about each animal, how plastic affects their environment and wellbeing, and everyday actions people can take to make a difference. Other signs throughout the Garden will highlight the Washed Ashore exhibit, how the sculptures are created from marine debris, discover issues related to plastic pollution and how we can help as plastic consumers. 

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Salva-Jelly concept art

See the Salva-Jelly Art Piece in Downtown Green Bay

Washed Ashore isn’t the only sculpture installation making waves in Green Bay! Check out the Salva-Jelly art installation located at 112 N. Adams Street in the downtown area. It was commissioned by Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and created by artist Brandon Minga earlier this year.

Local Ways to Make a Difference

Want to make a difference, but not sure where to start? Here are a few simple tips to help you take action against plastic pollution:

Want to go even further? Visit our blog or Facebook page for sustainable inspiration all summer long. Learn more about recycling and how to reuse everyday items. Uncover what’s happening in your local community or state. Find an organization, an initiative or a petition that speaks to you and ignites your spark for positive change.

Check out the resources and organizations below to continue the fight against plastic pollution:

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About the Artist

Washed Ashore was founded by Angela Haseltine Pozzi. A teacher, consultant and artist of more than 35 years, Pozzi has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Education and has taught all grade levels from elementary to college. Her focus has always been the arts and its power to affect change. Prior to creating Washed Ashore, her international award-winning artwork has been widely collected and exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.

Nonprofit Ticket Application

Celebrate the Garden’s 25 birthday! We’re excited to offer an opportunity for area nonprofit organizations and the people they service to experience Washed Ashore made possible by a grant from the following funds within the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation: Edward Dhooge Charitable Unrestricted Fund, Mentges Family Fund, and Derenne Family Fund.

Applications are now closed.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Nature's Way

Children & Family Activity Sponsor

Nicolet Bank

Sculpture Sponsors

Cornerstone Foundation logo
DeLeers Construction, Inc.

Community Partners

Insight Creative, Inc.
Meissner Landscape, Inc.
Mary Zabroski
monster tree service
Green Bay Packers Give Back

Rotary Foundation of Green Bay, Inc.

Media Sponsor

Wisconsin Department of Tourism


Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information on opportunities for corporate partnership including sponsorship, contact our Director of Development, Cindy Berton, at 920.491.3691 ext. 104 or cberton@gbbg.org.

Contact Us

For details on group discounted rates, contact our Events Team at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or rentals@gbbg.org.

For more information, contact us at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.