Each spring, the National Aquarium trains high school students to serve as interpreters in our galleries, with each committing to more than 120 hours of direct public contact. Students come from around the state of Maryland and must pass an interview, five-week training course, and exam before working with the public. These teens are a particularly valuable resource for interpretation throughout the year, especially in the busy summer months.
One of the challenges many interpreters face is addressing environmental or cultural issues with family audiences when the issue may not be particularly appropriate for young children. This is often the case with climate change. Many of us have programs or exhibits focused on this topic, and we have to make these effective for all audiences—we can’t limit our audience to adults only. So how do we engage young audiences on the topic of climate change in developmentally appropriate ways? This was the topic of a
Our 4th Candid Conversation will be on Wednesday, November 2, at 10:00 am PDT. If you have not already had a chance to visit the event page for details, check it out, we will be hosting a discussion on addressing climate change with children and youth.
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This summer a collaborative group of aquarium interpreters from six different aquariums will be putting the finishing touches on a climate change interpretative training program three years in the making. Sponsored by a grant from IMLS, the “Ocean Change” project group is comprised of interpreters from the Vancouver Aquarium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the National Aquarium, and the New England Aquarium.
Two climate-change related video programs produced by the Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org) – an animated short narrated by John Cleese and an auditorium program on how nature has inspired energy-efficient inventions – have both been named finalists in the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (www.jhfestival.org).
As a part of an on-going efforts to raise climate awareness, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA hosted a FREEZE Flash Mob on May 25, 2011. One hundred and twenty participants froze in place for 3 minutes to represent how we can work together to "freeze" the production of CO2 to help the planet for ourselves and future generations.