Construction Progress

Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins Opens Summer 2022!

Follow the journey to opening along with us!

This 2,900-square-foot exhibit will include rocky and sandy shore habitat and an 18,000-gallon pool where guests will observe the penguins socializing, interacting, and nest building. The exhibit also includes a small amphitheater for guests to observe birds swimming, and a discovery cave to closely observe Little Blue Penguins on land and inside a nesting box!

Construction Updates

June

  • Stay tuned!

May

  • Rock work begins!

April

  • Pool walls construction continues
  • Test fill of the pool

March

  • Pool walls construction continues
  • Windows placed in the walls

February

  • Concrete pour for pool bottom finishes
  • Pool walls construction and concrete pour begins

January

  • The digging for the 18,000- gallon pool took place
  • The pouring of concrete into the pool begins
  • Life support systems added to the site by crane

December

November

October

  • Ground-breaking continues!

September

  • Ground-breaking for this exciting project will begin on September 27 with completion expected by Spring 2022.
  • Birch Aquarium will be closed September 27-30 to avoid negatively impacting your experience.