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Fresno Aquarium

designed by Fresno’s own
world-renowned architect
Arthur Dyson, FAIA
is being built on our 10 acres along Hwy 99
overlooking the San Joaquin River

Fire Hydrant
Pipe T
Fire Hydrant
Children Experience the Ocean

Your tax-deductible support is urgently needed to build our very first building!

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May 6


You have the power to make a significant impact!

Generous Donations from People Like You to our From the Ground Up capital campaign are building the nonprofit Fresno Aquarium along the San Joaquin River DEBT-FREE into the future!

We’d love for you to join us!!

Every gift, no matter the size, brings us that much closer to opening our very first building.

This is why the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Aquarius Aquarium Institute urgently needs your tax-deductible support right away to continue the progress donors just like you have already made toward building this exciting project.

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Oct 26

Tom Lang on
The Ray Appleton Show

Our executive Director, Tom Lang, appeared on KMJ radio’s The Ray Appleton Show today to give an update on the Fresno Aquarium project and address the Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s plan to add an Aquarium building within the Zoo inside Roeding Park in about 10 years.

Aug 23

Betty Jane Jura

Betty Jane Jura, age 94, of Fresno, California passed away on Monday, August 22, 2022. Betty was born June 13, 1928 in Fort Madison, Iowa.

She and her husband Roy first donated 5, then 10 acres of their land to the Fresno Aquarium in 2006.

Betty Jane Wood married Roy Jura in 1950 and were farmers as they raised their children, Scott, Teri and Keith.

Aquarius Aquarium Institute Charter Members will always remember the fun Charter Member dinners on the front lawn of the Jura residence, just downstream from the Fresno Aquarium property and the enthusiastic support that Betty and Roy had for the Aquarium project from its very beginnings.

Dec 31

You Exceeded Our 2021 Goal – Surpassing 2,000 Blocks Sold!

December 31, 2021 – Generous year-end donors succeeded in surpassing our 2021 goal of having 2,000 blocks with names on them!

There is a counter on this website that is updated every time someone puts their name on a concrete block and we’re very grateful to all the generous donors who are continuing to support this nonprofit project for the benefit of our entire Valley ever since our long-time friend Lynn Hock-Napoli put her name on the very first block…

Jan 12

$300,000 Milestone Reached

January 12, 2020 – As 2019 was coming to a close, we had our eyes on a pending milestone. Would our donors push us over the $300,000 mark in our From the Ground Up Capital Campaign?

Thanks to year-end gifts from some very generous people, we are happy to report that we exceeded our goal!

Aug 31

A Place for our Community

August 31, 2019 – As donations both small and large come in, the nonprofit Aquarius Aquarium Institute is building the Fresno Aquarium to be not only our future home, but also to be a center of activity for the entire central San Joaquin Valley community.

Sep 16

Roy Jura

Roy Richard Jura
JUNE 2, 1928 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2018

September 16, 2018 – It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Roy Jura on September 5th, 2018. Along with his wife Betty and his three children, he made the decision to first donate five, then ten acres of the Jura family farmland along the San Joaquin River to Aquarius Aquarium Institute…

Dec 8

A Year of Accomplishment

December 8, 2017 – Everyone who has donated to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has brought us to the point where visible activity is now taking place on the Fresno Aquarium property donated to us in 2006 by the Roy and Betty Jura family. The giant fire protection water tank has already…

Dec 31

We’re Approved!

It’s official!

Today, December 31st, 2015, we received a letter from the County of Fresno stating that Director Review and Approval Application #4400 (Aquarius Aquarium Institute’s very first building on the Fresno Aquarium property) was approved and is now final since no appeal was filed during the 15-day appeal period.

Nov 10

Site Prep Work Progresses

Site Work
November 10, 2015 – Thanks to all our donors, (we just surpassed 1,310 blocks sold) site work on the future Fresno Aquarium property made significant progress throughout this past summer and into the fall. We still need additional support to fund our fire protection…