Friday, April 12, 2019

Celebrating Our Volunteers - Toni Davison

In celebration of National Volunteer Month, we are focusing our blog posts on recognizing our incredible volunteers that make everything we do here at PTMSC possible.

This week I have the honor of introducing another of our fabulous museum docents, Toni Davison. Toni began volunteering at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center in 2014, and has since volunteered over 700 hours of her time with us. She is a powerhouse of both our public and private education programs, and can frequently be seen docenting in our museum—tablet in hand, ready for the next round of visitors.

Toni in her element during her docenting shift. 
When asked what she enjoys most about volunteering at PTMSC, she says that her work here gives her hope for the future. She looks forward to engaging in a two-way conversation with our visitors: One where Toni can learn something from one of the many places our visitors come from, and our visitors can leave feeling more connected to life outdoors.

Some of Toni’s favorite moments as a docent have been working with our younger visitors as they use a microscope for the first time. She treasures that “aha!” moment where they really get it and are amazed by what they can see—and the natural curiosity boost that follows.

It’s clear that our visitors value the care and thoughtfulness that Toni brings to her shift each week. It’s not just the visitors, either! I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve found myself in deep discussion with Toni about everything from the plight our local resident orcas to concerns over southeast Louisiana floodplains.

From all of us at PTMSC, thank you Toni, we are so lucky to have you!


Written by Ellie Kravets, Natural History Educator AmeriCorps Member

Friday, April 5, 2019

Celebrating Our Volunteers-Denis Keyes

In celebration of National Volunteer Month, we will be focusing our blog posts on recognizing our incredible volunteers that make everything we do here at PTMSC possible.

This week, we would like to recognize one of our wonderful docents, Denis Keyes! Denis began volunteering as a docent in our aquarium in 2012, and since then has volunteered just under 1800 hours. Currently, he works as a docent in our museum building.

Denis during his shift as a museum docent. Staff photo. 


When asked what he enjoys most about volunteering at Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Denis replied that he loves working with kids and being able to share with them the wonders of the Salish Sea. He also enjoys the opportunity to share his passion for the southern resident killer whales and spread awareness about the threats they currently face.

Working with Denis is nothing but a treat. He’s helpful, loves to tell jokes, and can tell you some fascinating stories from when he was a diver. Plus, he makes a delicious blueberry pie!

If you ever get the chance to see Denis in action as a docent, you will see that he is passionate, kind, and incredibly knowledgeable. We are very lucky to have him!

Thank you Denis!

Written by Michael Siddel, Citizen Science Educator AmeriCorps Member