Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I volunteer in other departments as well as in Shark Lagoon. For the last few years, it has been my privilege to be the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Marketing Department.
What is Community Outreach? We market the Aquarium and provide ocean related education by having a booth at community events, Earth Day events, beach and wetland cleanups, and teacher and other conferences. Included in the booth is literature about the Aquarium and various biofacts. Examples of biofacts are models or actual specimens such as shark teeth. Our booth “themes” include sharks, always a crowd favorite, whales, coral reefs, and junk in the ocean.
We also drive the Aquarium’s yellow submarine in parades. The yellow submarine is a Honda Odyssey donated to the Aquarium by the Honda Motor Company. It is painted bright yellow and covered in graphics of fish and children looking through a porthole. There is a periscope on the roof. It is definitely an attention getter! This year we took part in the Martin Luther King Day Parade in Long Beach, the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Long Beach Veteran’s Day Parade. The great reception we get at the venues is very heartwarming and rewarding. Look for us in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade.
I am fortunate to have help with the booths from a very dedicated group of folks. Thank you all for your help and dedication.
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