Volunteers Welcome at Shell Museum

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Ann Moeder, a Museum volunteer for 25 years

Since the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum opened its doors 25 years ago, dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly to make programming possible.

Now more than ever, volunteer support enables the Museum to succeed with its vision to improve the world by sharing the story of shells, the marvelous mollusks that create them, and their importance to global biodiversity.

From Docent to Shell Sorting, the Museum offers incredible volunteer  for all ages and experience levels. Professional training is provided, and volunteers receive compelling perks including a free Wentletrap membership (after 20 hours) and a 20% discount in the Museum Store.

The Museum is currently in need of the following volunteer positions:
• Great Hall of Shells Docent
• Aquarium Docent
•Aquarium Records Volunteer
• Arts & Crafts Volunteer
• Shell Collecting Volunteer
• Shell Sorting Volunteer
• Collections Volunteer
• Front Desk / Retail Volunteer

The volunteer application is available at ShellMuseum.org/volunteer. Please email info@shellmuseum.org or call 239-395-2233 with any questions.

About the Museum: The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a Natural History Museum, and the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks. Their mission is to connect people to the natural world through their love of shells and the marvelous animals that create them. Their collections, programs, and expertise inspire learning, support scientific research, tell the story of mollusks, and the ocean that they inhabit. There are more mollusks in the oceans than all marine mammals and fish species combined, and mollusks are becoming extinct faster than they can be named due to climate change, ocean acidification, and pollution. For more information on the Museum, please visit www.shellmuseum.org or call (239) 395-2233.

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