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February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

As an intern, the SeaLife Center provided myself with the skills and knowledge about how to work in an aquarium. They have an excellent staff who know a lot about their field of study. The Center provides guest excellent animal encounters and educational experiences by bringing the waters of Alaska to them.

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summer 2010

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

Longer internship

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I work as a volunteer in the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Homer, Alaska. The Alaska SeaLife Center, most notably its Rescue & Rehabilitation program and staff, the octopus and marine mammal encouters, and the harbor seal and Stellar sea lion displays, is amazing!

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their compassion and dedication to all of the organisms in their collections, their staff and volunteers.

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do nothing; it is wonderful the way it is!

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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Stranding and Rehabilitation

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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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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

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.

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Raise a $5million endowment for the Center.

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