After retiring in January 2013, I made the move from Northern Virginia to Charleston in October. I had visited The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida, and I was looking for a similar opportunity to get involved in my new home. Shortly after, I began volunteering as an Exhibit Guide, and so began my life-changing experience with the South Carolina Aquarium. If you had told me I would be carrying snakes around two years ago, I wouldn’t believe you – but now, Porky, Kettle and Babe are three of my best friends!
The Aquarium feels like my second home. Even when my wife and I bring our grandkids on a day off, I wear my Aquarium uniform just in case I can help out. I’ll often find kids looking at Carlos the box turtle at the Trading Post, so I make sure to give them the experience of petting a turtle. My favorite volunteer role is leading behind-the-scenes tours. I meet so many people I can relate to – maybe they’re from Chicago or Northern Virginia, or maybe they work in education. Some are there celebrating a birthday or an anniversary. I love to provide opportunities to make their visit memorable.
It’s hard to describe how much I get out of engaging with guests, adults and kids alike – they all want to learn and be entertained. Being able to share stories, like those of Liberty and Alabaster, I can help them understand how important it is for us to care for all animals.
What’s Your Story?
Over 15 years we’ve heard stories about the lives the Aquarium has influenced and now we are asking for your help to capture these amazing stories and share them with the world.
Share your story with us by submitting below through e-mail. If you’d prefer to tell us your story call us, (843) 579-8508.
Thanks for making us a part of your life.