Aquarium Fishing for Volunteers
Docent Training Classes Begin September 14
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (August 13, 1998) -- Getting eye-to-eye with
thousands of fascinating animals that swim, fly and crawl is an
inspiring experience, just ask one of the Tennessee Aquarium docent
volunteers. And every day, visitors are enlightened by the knowledge
of docents who share little known facts and point out events occurring
in the Aquarium that are rarely seen in nature.
In the Delta Country gallery, a young boy, eyes wild with excitement,
comes nose-to-nose with the nearly 150-year-old alligator snapping
turtle positioned against the glass. He squeals with delight as
the docent points out the worm-like appendage on the tongue of
the prehistoric creature. "The turtle opens its mouth wide and
wiggles its tongue to lure fish his way," explains the docent.
Such rewarding experiences are a daily occurrence among Aquarium
education volunteers, who play a vital role in enhancing visitor
experiences at the freshwater lifecenter. With new interactive
exhibits, including the new jellyfish gallery, volunteers engage
visitors in a hands-on exploration of these fascinating creatures.
"We offer a great environment for adults who enjoy learning and
interacting with people. Many of our volunteers enjoy the Aquarium
so much that they are actively recruiting their friends," said
Julie Piper, volunteer coordinator. "Our volunteers have a lot
of fun, and we feel fortunate to have them on our team."
Be a part of Chattanooga's dynamic and changing downtown by serving
as an education, administrative or special event volunteer at
the Tennessee Aquarium. Aquarium volunteers complete a 10-session
training course and volunteer 4 1/2 hours each week. Fall training
begins September 14. For more information, contact the Tennessee
Aquarium volunteer office at 785-3057.
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is the largest freshwater
aquarium in the world. Built with private contributions, this
non-profit educational organization is dedicated to the understanding,
conservation and enjoyment of the Tennessee River and related