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February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

The Alaska Sealife Center is a world-class facility! We are lucky to have such beautiful and informational exhibits in our small town. I know there are several exciting science and research projects that are conducted "behind the scenes" and I would like to know more about these. The facility is a great place to spend a few hours, and the salmon exhibit is really informative for everyone. I'd love to see some updated information about Salmon returns to Resurrection Bay. Some additional information on local whale species and research following the EXXON Valdez Oil spill would be good too.

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I've seen the world of work program as a success with high school students and I've seen interns and volunteers at the Sealife Center to use this experience to assist them to get professional jobs in the biological and marine research fields.

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Strengthen partnerships with other entities in the state: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Oil Spill Response entities, and other educational institutions- on all levels (elementary, high school, and Kenai Peninsula Community College).

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

We have lifed in Alaska f ro 5 years now and have visited Seward twice. We are a family of 4, 5 and 4 year kids. We went to visit the Sea Life Center for the first time this past summer. The staff was wonderful, offering us a family membership that saved us money too. Loved the gift shop, could have bought one of everything! We get great emails on events and happenings. I wish we lived closer so we could go more often. I absolutely love sea life and the ocean. Our whole family does. It is really wonderful to have the opportunity to share this love with our children.

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Sharing the ocean world with my children.

Ways to make it better...

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

More interactive things for the kids.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

The ASLC is a place of awe and wonder for all who have the opportunity to visit. When we first moved to the Kenai Peninsula I was amazed to hear about the Sea Life Center and my admiration continues to grow towards both the facility and staff each time we have the opportunity to visit. Our children (ages 4,4,6,8) have enjoyed learning about marine animals and conservation - especially with the touch pools. This past year we purchased a yearly pass - which was incredibly affordable. The staff is highly educated, available and strive to make sure everyone is getting the most out of their visit. Our children are in love with "Woody" the Stellar Sea Lion and run downstairs each time to watch him! Our oldest daughter's class this year will get to go there for their field trip and she couldn't be more excited! We are so fortunate to have such a top notch marine facility that is so family centered - teaching children at a young age about marine animals impacts more than just the community, it impacts society. I am very grateful for everything the Sealife and Seward does for both Alaskans and tourists year long!!!

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The increased knowledge and joy my family has gained through the interaction of staff and marine species at the Sea Life Center.

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I'm not sure if there is a scholarship or discount available for families or individuals who wish to visit the center but can not afford the entrance fee.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

We can not visit Seward without one of my three kids saying "we have to go to the Sealife Center", it is always fun and informative, of course my favorite is the petting area, where we get to touch all the sealife!

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Education of my family about the importance of the research they do to help keep the environment safe for both people and sealife

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Make it larger for the animals housed there.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

As a mother of two who frequents the ASLC, I am always amazed at how I always learn something new everytime we visit! The staff is ever present, and always sharing something educational, interesting, and often awe-inspiring! We always leave feeling more aware about our own environment, as well as inspirired to do more for our community. And where else can you meet the only elgible sea lion bachelor in the whole US?! (see what I mean- something interesting huh?!)

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my community

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I can think of no changes necessary

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is an integral part of the education community, providing unique and worthwhile experiences for students from all over Alaska. Each your ASLC presents themed lessons to all of Seward's elementary students, and to students traveling to Seward from other areas. These lessons are well received by all and serve to create interest and knowledge in marine science among our young people. At the high school level, ASLC provides coaching for Seward's National Ocean Science Bowl Team and this year is sponsoring a student group for the Coastal America Summit. In all of these cases, ASLC plays a crucial role in student achievement in the sciences.

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All of my children have received benefits from their visits to the SeaLife Center and their involvement in activities related to the center. My son participated in the articulation of a sea lion skeleton that is exhibited at the Center. My daughter has been a member of the National Ocean Science Bowl team for 3 years. These activities have inspired them to achieve academic success.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide more incentives to staff members to encourage long term employment.

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

As a Kindergarten teacher in Seward, I have witnessed the outstanding education programs the Sea Life Center has to offer. The education they provide is exploratory, hands on, placed-based, interactive, and reflective. The lessons they provide to visiting school groups are well thoughtout; clearly incoporating standards, learning styles, and multi-intelligences.

As an interested citizen in the Seward Community I have enjoyed learning more about our local environment through the displays at the Sea Life Center. It is a gift to be able to learn about and observe all of the details of what exist in, on, and around our waters. The displays are informational, eye-capturing, and interactive.

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watching my students connect concepts we are learning in the classroom with what they see and observe when we visit the Sea Life Center, as well as witness reflection on what my students learned and saw after we visited the Sea Life Center!

Ways to make it better...

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

find ways to pay the dedicated, knowledgable, educated staff at the Sea Life Center larger wages. Since it is a non profit, many people work there who have higher degrees, but aren't recognized for that fiscally.

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

The Sealife center is a great educational experience and an Alaskan Gem, not just for tourists but for our own Alaskan community. It brings the children closer to the animals and makes them think of conservation. Well run, Alaskan Gem

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Many visits, front of the house and back of the house

Ways to make it better...

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

Add conference space to draw groups in to use the center.

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

The Alaska Sealife Center is a top notch facility. It is a huge asset to Seward and their visitors. As a retail business in Seward we hear input from people that live and visit our town. We have heard nothing but GREAT feedback regarding the Alaska Sealife Center.

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Visiting the Alaska Sealife Center and visiting with personnel.

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No comment

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

The Sea Life Center is one of the shining stars of Alaska. I have visited the Center many times as it is one of our favorite spots to take Alaska visitors and just to visit and see what is new. It is very educational and after all education is what is vital when it comes to the environment and protecting that environment. The research they do is vital to a healthy marine ecco-system and the creatures who live in that system. One of my most enjoyable visits was with my grandchildren, who live in Austin, Texas. They learned so much that day and for several days after they drew pictures to share with friends at home.

I am not an expert in any area of marine biology but thanks to the Sea Life Center, I am an informed layperson.

Vivian K.

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I am better educated and informed on the marine eco-system.

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As a visitor, I would not change anything.

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