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Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum to hold Junior Docent training

By Staff | Sep 2, 2011

Junior docent Daniel Young, left, and public programs specialist Diane Thomas work on the Shell Museum's Fourth of July float.

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum will conduct volunteer junior docent training for sixth graders. The live tank service project requires six hours of training, and those sessions will be held after school at the museum from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, 19 and 26.

Once training has been successfully completed, junior docents may lead live tank demonstrations and assist museum visitors in the Great Hall from October through April. Past junior docents have also helped as summer camp counselors, constructed Fourth of July floats, and manned museum booths during “Ding” Darling Days.

(A refresher course for seventh and eighth graders will be held at the same time on Monday, Oct. 3 and 10.)

This is an opportunity for young shell lovers to earn community service hours while learning about marine mollusks in the live tank or in their natural marine habitats. The more they are taught about marine mollusks, they more they can help museum visitors better understand and appreciate mollusks, their habitats, reproduction, travel and locomotion, protection and survival, and feeding.

For more information about becoming a junior docent, contact the museum’s Public Programs Specialist Diane Thomas at 395-2233 or e-mail her at dothomas@shellmuseum.org.