INTERNNNNpretation

I feel like I’m always writing about the interns at the South Carolina Aquarium, but it’s just because I love them so much! Twelve smart, creative, and inquisitive 16/17 year olds just started working at the Aquarium this past week. They have been training for this moment for four months, learning about the wildlife and biology in South Carolina. We went canoeing, crabbing, and built an oyster reef with the Department of Natural Resources. Our hope is that they can use the valuable skills learned during these training classes to be able to interpret the exhibits and animals to our guests this summer. So far, they are blowing me away! One girl surprised us by pulling out a pipette at the Touch Tank to interpret Sea Star tube feet. Another girl got down on a little boy’s level with an alligator puppet to interpret our albino alligator, Alabaster. Seeing the light bulb go off when our interns finally grasp what interpretation is all about is one of the highlights of my job. After that click, you can see the information and excitement translate over to our guests. Kids get excited to feel the “wet mushroom” at the Shallows (our 40 stingrays), they can’t wait to see our Bald Eagle figure out her version of a rubix cube, and they learn how the health of our oceans directly relates to us. Interpretation is such a magical thing that spreads like wildfire once ignited. It’s so fun to be able to pass on my passion for education to the interns who then pass it along to each and every guest that enters our building. 🙂 Happy summer interpreting, everybody!

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