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Youth Volunteer Opportunities at the Insectarium and Aquarium

By: Gillian, Volunteer Manager, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Beginning November 1, 2011, the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Aquarium Volunteer/Education departments will begin accepting requests for applications for students interested in participating in our Junior Entomologist, Aquakid, and  Junior Volunteer Naturalist programs.

The Junior Entomologist program at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is for students entering the 8th through 10th grades in the fall of 2012. It requires a commitment of one year. Students will be introduced to the arthropod world by engaging in hands-on learning activities through class time and field trips. They will learn teamwork and public speaking skills as they interpret galleries for our guests.

The Aquakid program at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is for students entering the 7th through 9th grades in the fall of 2012. It requires a commitment of one year. This program engages students through hands-on learning experiences designed to enhance their public speaking skills, knowledge of marine science, and work place skills.

The Junior Volunteer Naturalist volunteer program at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a summer long program designed for 15 and 16 year old students. Participants will learn basic marine biology and conservation skills through an intense week of training. These volunteers will then go on to interpret galleries for Aquarium guests.

All programs mentioned above will begin taking requests for applications beginning November 1, 2011. Applications will begin being sent out to those interested on January 1, 2012. Completed application packets, including all references, must be returned no later than March 1, 2012 at close of business to the facility of choice. Please visit our website at for more information on these programs.

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