Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Fort Fisher Aquarium seeking teen volunteers for summer season

N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is looking for volunteers for the summer season. (Courtesy/NCAFF)

KURE BEACH — The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is seeking high-school students looking to offer up some free time in the summer.

The aquarium in Kure Beach is looking for volunteers, ages 14 to 17, for the 2023 season. Participants train with aquarium staff to learn about the unique habitats and animals.

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After training, students engage with visitors from all over the world at the Coquina Outcrop touch pool, the sea turtle conservation habitat and Otters on Edge.

In 2022, the aquarium welcomed 16 teen volunteers who were among the 400 volunteers assisting daily.

“I have learned so much from the Aquarium staff and visitors,” 10th-grader volunteer Dorothy Smith said in a press release. “It is amazing to watch people’s faces light up when they encounter a hermit crab or a sea urchin for the first time.”

Lucas Horne has been volunteering since summer 2022.

“I began volunteering at the aquarium because I wanted to learn about aquatic animals and their surrounding environments,” Horne said in the release. “I also was interested in spreading awareness about these animals and telling the world more about them.”

After spending hours with the education team Horne was offered the opportunity to work with the communications team. He said he gets to use his love of art to design material for social media, take photos, and “communicate the importance of the aquatic world to the world.”

Register here to participate as a summer volunteer.

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