Did you know more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water? That means our oceans, rivers, lakes and streams are critically important to the overall health of our planet. The Oklahoma Aquarium is dedicated to the mission, “To educate and inspire conservation of our aquatic world through interactive discovery.”
The Oklahoma Aquarium is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, so all money collected through admission, memberships and events goes directly to supporting our exhibits and educational programs.
The Oklahoma Aquarium opened its doors to the public on May 28, 2003, but the facility became a dream and a passion for founders Dr. P.R. Ramey and Doug Kemper in 1984. From an idea literally drawn on a napkin, the Oklahoma Aquarium weathered many trials through building support and fundraising until the vision of Jenks city leaders led the Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation to settle on a plot of land on the west bank of the Arkansas River.
LeadershipOklahoma Aquarium Foundation Board of Directors Diana Beaulieu – Broken Arrow Public Schools Jeff Bonds - Neuens, Mitchell, Freese, P.L.L.C. Pattie Bowman - Community Volunteer Michael Cooper - AT&T Paul Eads – Community Volunteer Jerry Floyd – River Spirit Casino Martin Garber - Garber & Associates Kevin Gore – BKD, LLP Matthew Griffin – Ronin Natural Resources Dason Gwartney – Premier Consulting Partners, Inc.
Steven D. Hendrickson - The Boeing Company Jeremy Johnson - Bank of Oklahoma Chuck Kelley – ONEOK, Inc. Lloyd Landreth – Landreth Law Firm Lynda Burris Linscott – Of Counsel Blake Messer - Grant Thornton, LLP Christen Meyer – Bank of Oklahoma Keith Montgomery - Williams Co. Lisa Nichols - Community Volunteer Shawn Orth – Flint Energy Services, Inc. Marco Placencia - Equitas Realty Advisors, LLC Don Pettus – Guardian Industries Mike Pregler – Community Volunteer Dr. P.R. Ramey – Chair Emeritus Marellie Robinson – TX-OK Kiwanis Joshua Roby – Firstar Bank Harvie Roe – AmeriTrust Corporation David Sartin - AEP-PSO Jennifer Shoulders - Community Volunteer John Sieler - Aquarium Volunteer Jan Skinner – Aquarium Volunteer Derek Smithee – Oklahoma Water Resource Board Linda Stoesser - Aquarium Volunteer Stephen Sutton – SpiritBank Tiny Tomsen – NatureWorks , Inc. James White - Arvest Bank Fred Wightman - Community Volunteer Jenks Aquarium Authority Sally Bisel – Trustee Teri Bowers – Chief Operating Officer Greg Bowman — Trustee Paul Eads – Trustee Kevin Rowland - Vice-Chairman Joshua D. Roby – Trustee Harvie Roe – Trustee Lonnie Sims – Chairman Mike Tinker – General Manager Jenks City Council Sally Bisel – Councilwoman Greg Bowman – Councilman Kelly Dunkerley – Councilman Kevin Rowland – Vice-Mayor Mike Sharp - Councilman Lonnie Sims – Mayor Joshua Wedman – Councilman