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Audubon Aquarium celebrates volunteers for past 20 years
As Audubon Aquarium of the Americas celebrates its 20th birthday this year, they are remembering all the individuals who have contributed to the success of the facility. Above all, they are saying a special thank you to the group of over 200 current volunteers.
“Our volunteers are critical to making the guest experience engaging and memorable,” says Tricia LeBlanc, Director of Education and Volunteers for Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Audubon Insectarium.
Over the past year, the Aquarium’s group of naturalist, husbandry, education and diver volunteers contributed nearly 29,000 hours of their time. If staff had to be hired to for the positions the volunteers fill it would cost roughly $587,306 for salary and benefits.
“We have 30 volunteers who have been with Audubon Aquarium since we opened the doors in 1990,” says LeBlanc, “and of those 30 individuals, Pat Druhan and David Diaz have contributed just over 10,000 hours each.”
Staff members are showering the volunteers with an array of appreciation gifts ranging from service pins, hand written notes, trinkets and even food. The husbandry staff has even added some new decorations to the volunteer lounge.
It is never too late to volunteer at Audubon Aquarium or even Audubon Insectarium and Audubon Zoo. Visit www.AudubonInstitute.org for more details on how you can be a part of the fun!
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