The National Aquarium is fortunate to have more than 950 dedicated volunteers who contributed 117,031 hours of service in 2016 alone.
These volunteers give their time in various ways. Volunteers help with our Animal Rescue program, answer visitor questions as exhibit guides, and even serve as divers who help us maintain the Blacktip Reef and Atlantic Coral Reef exhibits! More than half of volunteer hours in 2016 were dedicated to animal health and welfare.
Our volunteers describe some of their experiences in their own words:
"As a diver, I am not only helping to maintain the exhibit and aquatic life, but I am personalizing the experience for our guests by creating a connection either on the surface or from the other side of the glass. It is pretty awesome to look through the window and see a wide-eyed child staring back." – Marjorie Z., diver
"Whether I’m working with sick and injured animals from distressed animal species or educating visitors about nature’s non-endangered species, I feel a life contribution to the world around us far beyond what I did in my career as an engineer." – Jerry B., National Aquarium Animal Rescue
"It’s great to be able to share information with our visitors and have conversations about particular animals or exhibits. We learn from each other. Seeing the wonder in a child's eyes as they experience something new and exciting energizes me and keeps me coming back." – Cathy B., student supervisor and trainer
We wouldn’t be able to educate and inspire our community and visitors without the help of our volunteers. We thank them for their continued dedication and passion for the work we all do within our walls and beyond.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, check out the many ways you can get involved!