Tall Ships Landing residents encouraged to volunteer at tourist attraction
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Connected to the Tall Ships Landing project but an entity in its own right is the Aquatarium, formerly named the Maritime Discovery Centre.
The 26,000 sq. ft. space is a modern and sophisticated building combining exhibits and interactive technology intended to help visitors explore the many facets of the Thousand Islands area and make each visit unique. “Visitors can have a live discussion with a diver exploring a shipwreck in the water, take in the live otter exhibit, take off on one of many ‘quests,’ or use the simulated Pilothouse to guide a ship through the waterways,” says Fuller.
Fuller says the centre will be officially christened in June 2013 to coincide with a Tall Ships visit to Brockville, and then will be open periodically for special events until the official full opening in the spring of 2015.
The Aquatorium will engage Tall Ships Landings residents as guides in a volunteer-based program based on California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium. “These will be people who love the water and an enrichment program for them will be mindful of their continuing education and benefit as well, so it is a mutually supportive relationship,” says Fuller.