Aquarium Educators And Youth Volunteers Offer Free Programs For Families

December 23, 2009

Youth volunteers and educators from the Oregon Coast Aquarium will present free programs this month geared toward families. A program about ocean animals, using demonstrations and crafts is being presented by youth volunteers Saturday, January 9, from 2 – 3 pm in the downstairs meeting room at the Newport Public Library. All families are welcome to attend free of charge. The program is part of a six month project with youth volunteers developing, presenting and evaluating an educational presentation.

The program will use fun and creative activities to show how different ocean animals, such as sea horses, octopus and sharks, eat. The program includes crafts and families can make a shark tooth necklace, an octopus beak and coloring sheets will be provided. Demonstrations include activities that show how to slurp like a sea horse and eat like a shark.

After presenting the program at the Newport Public Library, the youth volunteers plan to use the activities at future events and festivals. “This is an exciting opportunity for youth volunteers who are interested in a career in marine science education to gain experience,” said Tricia Ratliff, Aquarium Youth Volunteer Coordinator. “It’s also a great opportunity for families to support local youth, learn about ocean animals, do some fun activities, create take-home crafts and get a glimpse into the Aquarium.” Ratliff said the entire program is free.

In addition, Nemesia Herzstein, Aquarium Preschool Program Coordinator, will offer programs at the Newport Public Library, designed to reach out to local preschoolers and let them know about some of the fun and educational programs offered by the Aquarium. She will read ocean-related stories using puppets, animal fur and live hermit crabs. The programs, titled “Toddler Time” and “Storytime,” will be presented at various times January 12 – 15 (see schedule above). “This is the third year that we have collaborated with the Newport Public Library’s Preschool Program,” said Herzstein. “The partnership has been a great benefit to both organizations.”

Toddlertime:
January 12 at 10:30 am
January 14 at 10:30 am

Storytime:
January 12 at 7:00 pm
January 15 at 1:00 pm

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