“As a young boy, I was very interested – as I still am – in all sorts of adventure and exploration. I thought about being an astronaut, a dinosaur scientist, or marine biologist, but I clearly was drawn to the ocean and to the water.” –Brian Skerry
Photographs by Brian Skerry, a photographer who works with National Geographic, are among the highlights of the SharkZone exhibit which opens on May 11th, 2019! More than sixty of our wonderful volunteers have already gone through exhibit training, and in the process gotten a behind-the-scenes look at an exhibit under construction!
The SharkZone exhibit features several important roles for volunteers. The SharkZone Touch Tank will allow guests to feel the rough skin of skates and catsharks in addition to the horseshoe crabs, sea stars and others who can be touched year round at our main floor Discovery Center Touch Tank! This aspect of the exhibit will be manned at all times the museum is open for volunteers to talk about the animals and advise guests on how to interact with them.
Volunteers can also help out at the Fossil Beach, a massive outdoor dig pit featuring real shells, fossils and shark’s teeth for guests to uncover and identify. Looking for great discoveries (or just helping our younger guests build sand castles); doesn’t that sound like a great way for volunteers to spend a delightful summer afternoon in the shade of a tent in the outdoor Fossil Beach?
In addition to these features, there will be shark videos, computer stations, full-size model sharks, several photo-op elements and even a shark research station for young visitors modeled after our tremendously popular Wild + Well area! We would love to have summer volunteers on board for this busy event, and there are more training sessions to come; if you’re interested and not yet a volunteer, feel free to apply, or just spread the word! I’m sure the sharks would love to see you.
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