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Sunday, May 25, 2008

It’s so nice to be appreciated! | Josie  buttonLink

It’s so nice to be appreciated!

Along with the national Volunteer Appreciation Week came lots of treats for those of us who give our time freely for no pay at the Aquarium of the Pacific. My, how it’s nice to be appreciated!

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Teamwork between agencies makes port area safer | Josie  buttonLink

Teamwork between agencies makes port area safer

Thanks to our inter-departmental Emergency Operations Center-which works to ensure that we can handle emergencies to safeguard the well-being of our guests, staff, and animals-and the cooperation of area emergency response agencies, I feel quite safe here, at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Education | Volunteering | Reptiles | Turtles

Monday, April 28, 2008

Chickens aren’t the only ones | Josie  buttonLink

Chickens aren’t the only ones

I spent another day with the kindergarteners at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, with which the Aquarium of the Pacific has a partnership, helping Emily teach this month’s science lesson on eggs. We showed the children that chickens aren’t the only animals that lay eggs, and they were totally amazed when they saw how large a leatherback turtle grows, after being born from an egg that is roughly the size of a ping-pong ball.

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Birds

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Lorikeets are loads of colorful fun! | Josie  buttonLink

Lorikeets are loads of colorful fun!

Lorikeet Forest was closed for a few weeks, so as soon I could, I made sure to get right back in there to see our colorful little friends and admire an exhibit upgrade that includes some new landscaping, a little remodeling of the shaded area enclosure, and new fencing. It looks pretty spiffy! Watching the birds cavort around, as they interacted with our guests, brought me back to a few amusing moments that I’ve spent in this habitat.

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Conservation

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Sustainable Seafood Choices Are Best | Josie  buttonLink

Sustainable Seafood Choices Are Best

Volunteers at the Aquarium of the Pacific learned a lot about sustainable seafood last week during one of our regular daily updates that provide us with all sorts of interesting information. Eating sustainable seafood is good for your health and the health of our planet.

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Kindergarteners Learn Characteristics of Living Things in Aquarium Science Class | Josie  buttonLink

Kindergarteners Learn Characteristics of Living Things in Aquarium Science Class

Kindergarteners at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in downtown Long Beach learned about the characteristics of living things during a recent science lesson presented by an Aquarium of the Pacific educator. The Aquarium and Cesar Chavez Elementary have been in a partnership since the school opened a few years ago; the science lessons, provided for all grade levels, are a component of that partnership.

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Conservation | Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Green Team Community Trash Pickup a Success | Josie  buttonLink

Green Team Community Trash Pickup a Success

More than half a ton of trash disappeared from the streets of Long Beach on a recent Saturday morning as about 340 people helped pick up refuse in the Downtown Long Beach area surrounding Cesar Chavez Park.

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Inviting Myself To ‘Hang Out’ With Kindergarteners | Josie  buttonLink

Every now and again it’s great fun to tag along with a school group of touring children, to enjoy their enthusiasm for the Aquarium of the Pacific as well as to enlighten them with facts about our wonderful animals and our waves exhibit.

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Education | Volunteering

Monday, January 21, 2008

Yeah! New Aquarium 101 program went well! | Josie  buttonLink

Yeah! New Aquarium 101 program went well!

The volunteer training team launched our first one-day Aquarium 101 session, which despite a few glitches, went quite well, much to our relief and that of our director of Volunteer Services. What a fun day we had, too, energized, as always, by the incredible enthusiasm and interest of our new volunteers.

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Education | Volunteering | Birds | Fish

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

German Guests Get Private Tour | Josie  buttonLink

German Guests Get Private Tour

Through my blog, I met two of the nicest people, who came from Germany to visit Long Beach for two days before embarking on a cruise to Mexico and Puerto Rico. The day ended with a $20 donation to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s education department.

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