Week of Thanks: Heather Doggett on Our Visitors!

Published November 26, 2013

by Heather Doggett, Director of Visitor Programs and Staff Training

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, our experts (and animal residents) will be sharing what they're thankful for this year!

Our second "Week of Thanks" post comes from the Aquarium's Director of Visitor Programs, Heather Doggett

I am most thankful for the hundreds of thousands of children and families that visit the National Aquarium each year. This gratefulness stems from seeing families appreciate and connect with marine animals in our exhibits and then hearing how communities are banding together to bring about changes to our environment that would have been impossible to impact alone.

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For me, it may be as simple as seeing a family carefully recycling and composting in our Harbor Market Kitchen or simple talking with a fellow mom about the little choices we each make to better our planet for our kids and our ocean!

I am always surprised and delighted to see how families show their love of nature in many surprising ways. I’m not alone though, here’s what the other members of our team are thankful for:

"I am thankful that I am able to witness guest’s reactions to seeing new animals and hearing new facts. I feel like just by being there to witness someone watching a blacktip reef shark glide by for the first time, I am able to share in their excitement."

 - Megan Moore, Visitor Programs Manager

"I am thankful for our guests for so many reasons! Watching the families bond together over the beauty of the aquatic world is definitely one of my favorite things! The smile on a child’s face because they are in awe of the animals we have here at our facility puts a smile on my face! We hopefully are making memories for children and their families that last a lifetime and inspire them to participate in conservation actions to help the animals they love so much. Hopefully we are fostering an appreciation for the aquatic world that the whole family can be a part of!"

- Maria Madero, Education Specialist

What are YOU thankful for this year? Tell us in the comments section!

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