If you’ve ever visited National Aquarium, chances are you’ve interacted with one of our amazing volunteers. They’re in Upland Tropical Rain Forest, pointing out our species of bird and mammal. They’re in Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes, feeding our archer fish. They’re diving in Atlantic Coral Reef, feeding, cleaning and even dancing to the delight of our guests. They’re behind-the-scenes, they’re out in the field, they’re on-call and well, they’re our family and we wouldn’t be the same without them.
Together, our volunteers donated more than 119,648 hours of service to the Aquarium in 2012. They came from Baltimore City, the District of Columbia, 17 Maryland counties, and 8 other states and ranged in age from 14 to 94 years old.
Who are our volunteers? The National Aquarium’s volunteer team boasts an incredible array of professions, skill sets, and experiences including doctors, lawyers, teachers, environmental engineers, veterinarians, landscape architects, software engineers, firefighters, police officers, active and retired military personnel, hair stylists, nurse practitioners, media specialists, national security agents, homemakers, scientists, musicians and entrepreneurs, among many others.
Today, this week and every day, we recognize and thank our amazing team for their passion and dedication to our mission!