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National Marine Life Center, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural History & Natural Science Museums, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: The National Marine Life Center rehabilitates and releases stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in order to advance science and education in marine wildlife health and conservation.

Results: To date, we have cared for 160 endangered sea turtles, 152 protected seals, and 164 endangered terrestrial and aquatic turtles. We have reached over 95,300 people through our education and outreach program. We have welcomed over 130,800 people to our educational visitors center. We have provided hands-on, experiential learning opportunities to over 450 student interns.

Target demographics: sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 114 marine animals; 11,380 participants in education programs; 9,092 visitors to our educational center; 27 student interns; 115 volunteers contributing 20,427 hours

Geographic areas served: Cape Cod and the Islands, Southeastern Massachusetts, Northeast Region

Programs: wildlife rehabilitation, scientific research, and environmental education.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a professional and committed group of Veterinarians, staff and volunteers !! National Marine Life Center in Buzzard’s Bay, MA. is dedicated to the rehabilitation of seals and turtles while also focusing on community education. Thoroughly enjoy my time volunteering !! Deborah

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with the National Marine Life Center for over four years now, and I am still amazed by the sheer passion that every single member of the NMLC team shares. Every single employee, volunteer, intern, and everyone else display unmatched passion for animal welfare and environmental justice, and I am proud to have been helping with those missions for as long as I have, and hope to continue into the foreseeable future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son and I had a chance to visit NMLC on our way out to the Cape. The environment was welcoming and the staff knowledgeable. In addition to the many new things we learned in the Discovery center, we had an opportunity to speak to the director who gave us a mini-tour and spoke to us about the great work they do in rehabilitating vulnerable turtles and seals. Very personable and wonderful experience to share with my son!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kathy took the time out of her day to give my family and I a tour. We had a great time and learned many new things. It was fun and educational, two things that I have always tried to stress with my children. But, it was also informative for me. A win- win for all.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We got a personal behind-the-scenes tour of this admirable facility from one of its senior staffers when we paid an unexpected visit to this underadvertised gem. Science and compassion for endangered marine species was manifest by everything we saw. While it was significantly smaller scale than our Chicago Shedd Aquarium, it was thoroughly impressive. When we met with its personable and knowledgeable CEO she proved to be an excellent ambassador for her organization. We highly recommend it as a side trip visit for anyone we know who is planning a trip to the Cape Cod area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NMLC is a true delight! I've visited several times, each time with members of my family and friends. The friendliness and knowledge of the staff exceeded all expectations. The work they do also exceeds all expectations. It is a delight to visit and enjoy the gift shop at the end of a journey into the life of the sea world, especially knowing they are rescuing creatures and enabling the continuation of the natural cycle of life. And as much as kids delight in NMLC, we adults are right there with them!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NMLC is an incredible organization that not only rehabilitates with a goal to release stranded or injured seals and sea turtles, but also strives to educate individuals of all ages. Our family was introduced to the center as the center was just beginning its mission. We have always tried to help support their goals over the years through volunteering and donating when possible. Our daughter fell in love with sea turtles when in pre-school and happily enjoyed the many educational opportunities offered as a young child. She then started to volunteer for NMLC while in middle school caring for small animals (Box turtles, Red-Bellied Cooters, and Diamondback Terrapins). She continues her volunteer work, and as she prepares to graduate from high school this year, we can't be happier that such an incredible, positive organization has helped support her personal growth. NMLC has helped her grow and develop a positive appreciation for giving back to her community and supporting our environment. The staff and volunteers go above and beyond every day as animal care providers, educators, and advocates.

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2 Sarah N.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The national marine life center is a fantastic place! They do amazing work. I have loved watching them rehabilitate turtles and watching them be released back into the ocean. It’s so phenomenal to watch that. They care so much for the animals. They are great with kids, helping them to understand what affects these animals and what they can do to help them. Visit them, and watch them love their mission every day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

National Marine Life Center is not only a great organization helping rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles. They have an amazing Discovery Center that helps teach the public about our Marine Environment and to how better care for our World!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The people in this organization are selfless and so hard working. They put in countless hours, sometimes 24 hours a day, to care for the marine animals in need. The scientific work they do not only provides care for the animals, but provides important insights to our ecosystem and human medical issues. We are fortunate to have them on the East coast to assist with baby seals that have been left abandoned by their mother, or wounded seals and turtles that need medical attention.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful group of dedicated, hardworking and passionate volunteers, interns and staff. They work tirelessly to rehabilitate marine mammals and turtles that have been injured or become sick. Providing these patients with medical treatment and whatever care that will lead to their release back into the ocean.

Additionally the National Marine Life Center provides educational programs for the public to help raise awareness of our nearby marine environment.

It’s a pleasure to be associated with such a worthy organization that provides such a critical role in meeting the needs of marine wildlife

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a volunteer on the Animal Care team for over a year. It was a wonderful experience. The work and respect for the animals is top notch and an irreplaceable resource . In these environmentally troubled-times they are a beacon of hope. Please keep the NMLC going with your support and be a voice for the creatures that need us.
NB

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have loved the experience I have gotten at NMLC! I have learned so much from gaining hands on experience during my time here. It is also such a rewarding place to volunteer at getting to be part of successful releasing native wildlife back in to the wild.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is a real need in coastal Massachusetts for what NMLC does. They are the only local organization that takes in stranded, sick and injured seals for rehab and release. Hopefully, they will eventually be able to take in dolphins. They also take in cold-stunned, critically-endangered sea turtles for rehab and release, partnering with Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay and the New England Aquarium. The pressures from human populations have made the oceans treacherous for marine life, and the work NMLC does is making a difference. Their public outreach and educational programs involve the local and wider community, and their fundraisers are fun and make the local community of Buzzards Bay feel a part of the mission to save the oceans! There is a visitors' center where the public can learn about marine life and the work that goes on at NMLC, and where they can watch the animals in the rehab facility on closed circuit monitors. The lab does research and, thanks to the veterinarian staff, connects them to the wider scientific community. Also, there are many opportunities for internships and, as with most nonprofits, a wonderful crew of hard-working volunteers.

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2 Molly W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NMLC has held a special place in my life for the last year and a half. This organization provides incomparable internship and volunteer opportunities working hands on with marine wildlife. For a small staff, this non-profit relies heavily on its volunteers which allows the people involved to learn quickly and participate in countless opportunities. The public education NMLC offers is fun, interactive and inspiring. From observing specimen in the Discovery Center to joining a drop-in education program provides a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about our native marine life and initiative to live sustainably. This organization is an essential part of the community and resource to help animals in need, primarily impacted by humans. I encourage anyone to check this place out!

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The national marine life center is an amazing non-profit. They have a rehabilitation program caring for hundreds of marine animals per year! One of my favorite parts about the National Marine Life Center is their education program. Everyone and anyone can come in and learn about sea life and health, and they also have a bunch of programs for different ages. Super friendly staff and volunteers, amazing opportunities and a fantastic nonprofit organization. Everyone here is very passionate about this organization. The national marine life center has shaped my life, causing me to find the career of my dreams within marine life and science!

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3

Donor

Rating: 5

The National Marine Life Center provides a very unique opportunity not only in helping our marine life through rehabilitation and release but in learning and educating others. They serve the community and the field of Marine Sciences with the knowledge learned through hands on animal care. As not only a donor but a volunteer on the animal care team as well, I am very impressed with the exceptional service to the animals and community they provide. Nice work NMLC!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The work this organization does is outstanding. Not only do they work hard rehabilitating marine wildlife, but they also have wonderful educational programs in their discovery center. I brought my 4 year old granddaughter over the summer and the staff did a wonderful job explaining how the National Marine Life Center performs examinations of the stranded animals when they come in. It was a great learning experience for us both!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Kathy and the staff at the NMLC are making a difference in the lives of all that they touch. From the children they educate with their STEM programs to the rehabilitation of seals and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, one of the most endangered in our environment. Pleasant and helpful staff do a great job sharing information about the work they do at the discovery center on Main street in Buzzards Bay.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Efficiently run, clean facility, quick recovery and fantastic staff!

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2

Donor

Rating: 5

The work done by this organization is amazing! Rehabilitating Sea Turtles and Seals is truly incredible given the limited number of resources they have. The volunteers and staff are so passionate about the work they do It makes me proud to help support this organisation.

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