PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC Sept. 30, 2014 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores invites potential conservation ambassadors — also known as volunteers — to test the waters on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 12.
Drop by between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to talk to Aquarium staff and veteran volunteers about opportunities and benefits. Attendees also will be able to observe volunteers in action at the various stations around the Aquarium.
Interpreters are needed for the two popular touch pools. At the Tidal Touch Pool, interpreters offer insight into the life cycles of horseshoe crabs, spider and hermit crabs, ocean snails and other invertebrates. Skate and Ray Encounters interpreters share the joy of touching these creatures. Volunteers also assist in visitor education, exhibit interpretation, helping with special events throughout the year and a variety of other ways.
Volunteers say their time spent on the Aquarium team has many rewards. “Every time I volunteer at the Aquarium, I discover something new and interesting about North Carolina’s aquatic life,” said Debbie Dunham, who has volunteered for four years. “Sharing these discoveries with Aquarium guests from all over the world is rewarding, inspiring and fun.”
Volunteers receive free Aquarium admission and discounts at the Aquarium Gift Shop and on special activities. No prior experience is necessary. Environmental education and animal handling training are provided, and flexible schedules are available. Anyone with an interest in North Carolina’s aquatic habitats and inhabitants is encouraged to visit during the Oct. 12 session. Advance registration is not required. If unable to attend or for more information, see the Aquarium website or contact Volunteer Coordinator Chris Carlin at 252-247-4003, ext. 286.
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is five miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, except early closings Oct. 29-30 and Dec. 12, 2014 for evening events, and closed Christmas and Thanksgiving days. Admission is $10.95 for ages 13-61; $9.95 for ages 62 and up and military; $8.95 for ages 3-12; no charge for ages 2 and under and North Carolina Aquarium Society members. For more information, see www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003.