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February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I worked at teh ASLC as an Intern in the stranding and rehabilitation department. I have to say it was by far the best experience in my entire life. The staff at the ASLC are always so helpful and involved in every aspect of teaching and education. I learned more through their internship program over the course of four months then I think I did in my entire four years at college. There is no better experience then real hands on learning from people who really know what they're doing. Even staff members of other departments were always willing to help out with anything. I always enjoyed going into the center on my days off. Something about being surrounded by the tourists with all their smiles and seeing them interact with all the staff who also always seemed to be wearing smiles made me feel so good about everything that takes place in the center. It truly is a magical place filled with amazing creatures and wonderful people!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Stranding and Rehabilitation

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish I could have had a longer internship

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I worked at the Sealife centre as a volunteer in the Avian Department in the captive breeding program for steller and spectacled eiders from may to july 2008. It has become one of the most memorable experiences of my life to date. The people are amazing, friendly and so welcoming, and I can't wait to come back one day and visit or volunteer again. I was captivated by the eiders in the program and I watched a hatchling for 8 hours without leaving its side only to see it had to be put down due to birth defects of its limbs the next day. I was heartbroken beyond measure, as was the team. But it made me realise how much I just want to help, and over my time at the centre I fell in love with these species and every other species the centre try to help rehabilitate. The passion of the people who work and volunteer there is incredible and life changing and has a massive ripple effect. They endure the toughest of times and celebrate the best of times when they succeed. They do an amzing job, I wish I could have stayed a lot longer. My last night there I felt like i was leaving my home and it was hard to go. I will return there one day soon. It holds a special place in my heart as do the people i met and worked with.

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I have personally experienced the life changing experience at the sealife centre. Amazing people who do an amazing job. They need funding to expand their organization and bring on more people and volunteers, because their cause is invaluable!! People assist them whereveer you can, they will always be my home away from home. And I will return one day soon. I encourage anyone and everyone to participate and give to the centre when they can.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't. They are brilliant. They need more funding to expand!! ASAP.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

The ASLC is a most enjoyable place to visit with some of Alaska's amazing sealife on display. The center does not only provide a fun place to visit, but it is also very educational and its research and rehabilitation programs will hopefully ensure that those beautiful creatures will be around for many more generations to see.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The ASLC directly educates the public about the importance of their research and rehabilition programs.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I look forward to each volunteer experience I have at the Alaska SeaLife Center. The facility is wonderful and is always filled with exciting marine life, new exhibits and caring and professional staff! The research at the Center provides relavent information that addresses key arctic marine mammal and ecosystem questions that arrise at within the state as well as arctic-wide. The Center is a vital facility for the state of Alaska providing critical lab space for both marine researchers of today and those young people [students and interns] it inspires for tomorrow. I beleive more funding would enable the staff at the Center to reach its full potential answering the growing questions that marine species and the people that depend on them face in the changing arctic environment.

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I have spoken to children and adults visiting the Center and seen the excitment the marine life creates for them, I have had the pleasure to meet young people like Keefer who raised funds for the center's work on seals despite being challenged by a handicap, I have heard long-time Alaskans speak lovingly of the Center, its staff and their work.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise a $5million endowment for the Center.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

The SeaLife Center is a unique institution in Alaska. It's a great hands-on place for kids and adults to see and experience the marine ecosystem of the sub-arctic.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the pleasure and enjoyment of the members of my family while visiting there.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money!

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

Through my affiliation with the US Arctic Research Commission, I have come to appreciate the great work done by the Alaska SeaLife Center. They are first rate, and a real asset to the scientific research community, as well as an educational gem. Their marine mammal rehabilitation program is among the best in the world.

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Site visits, and interaction with staff

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work harder to find ways to increase financial support to the Center

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I have dealt with the Alaska SeaLife Center as the Science Liaison for the US Coast Guard for the Pacific, and for the CG Icebreakers. I have given a talk at ASLC to coordinate efforts between CG-supported science and ASLC activities, and to coordinate educational outreach opportunities between CG icebreakers making port calls in Seward, Alaska, and ALSC tours, talks, etc.
I have found the ASLC to be extremely well managed, and to have a strong leadership impact within the State and local communities in leading public discussion and thought on important ocean issues, of which Alaska has many.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing educational outreach of CG arctic activities to a broader public and complementing ASLC education efforts, as well as efforts to conserve endangered marine mammal and seabird species on Alaska, and educate the public on pollution and climate issues affecting Alaska's seas.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have already informed them that a greater native outreach and display participation would strengthen the reach and scope of their activities: most marine facilities do not have the benefit of native populations with strong ocean traditions, something they could take advantage of in displays and periodic special programs.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Strong leadership, and strong local connections

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

As a local resident of Seward I have many opportunities to witness the workings of the Alaska Sea Life Center. I am always impressed by the fun, yet informative displays found at the Center. The ability to view such a variety of sea life in a realistic environment makes learning very enjoyable. As lodging providers we are constantly hearing praise about the Center from our guests who visit it.
If I had to make one suggestion, it would be to try to lower the cost of admission. While I know that the funds are used very efficiently, some of our guests have been put off by the cost of admission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through local media reports of animal rescues and research.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Lower the cost of admission.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

The Marine Science Center in Seward is one of the Highlights of our Alaska Tours. We send about 150 of our guests through here each season. The knowledge of the staff and their willingness to share their obvious dedication to the animals and inhabitants of the Alaskan waters is evident everywhere. The facility is clean and the signage is very informative to both the casual visitor and the more informed. The layout of exhibits helps the visitor understand the relationship of the animals to the environment. We have taken the behind the scenes tour and backstage is clean and well cared for, as well. Very fun, educational and informative.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my tour business

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wish there were more like it.

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