How did you become a volunteer at the Science Center?
I took a “docent” class offered by the science center two years ago, just wanting to learn more, help out, and spend more time there. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. There are new sea creatures, new projects, and people there all the time. So I took the class again. It’s amazing how much goes on or through that building, that you might not be aware of from just walking in for a visit.
What volunteer roles have you had or what kinds of projects have you worked on with us?
I’ve helped out with tours, special events, tended the front desk, done weekly feedings and cleanings, and have done just one beach debris cleanup, but always wish I had more time to be involved. I have art work in the gift shop in the summer and a couple of pieces in the aquarium.
What do you like about being at the Science Center?
The Science Center is such a great place for education. Staff spends time in the schools, doing summer camps, and brings students to the center for classes and field trips. It’s a great addition to Sitka for summer visitors to learn about the ocean. Visitors love to see huge whales and bears, but it’s also so important for them to see and learn about the whole environment and how it all works together. I lead hikes in summer and always tell visitors to stop in even if it’s just for a quick look at the touch tables and aquarium so they can see the smaller sea life in this area. A visit to coastal Alaska would be lacking without seeing and learning a little about what’s under their cruise ship. I like being part of helping them to see and understand it better.