Port Townsend Marine Science Center volunteer honored with governor's service award
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Roger Wilson talks to young students at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center about the skull of a gray whale.

By Peninsula Daily News staff

PORT TOWNSEND — Roger Wilson, a volunteer with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, has received the Governor's Volunteer Service Award.

He was one of 44 honorees in the state and the only one from the North Olympic Peninsula to be given the award at the governor's mansion April 21.

“I volunteer at the [marine science center] because I love the amazing, dedicated staff and volunteers, and the general feeling of welcome for people of all experiences and backgrounds,” Wilson said.

He began volunteering with the center in 2002 and has given more than 2,000 volunteer hours.

He has served as a docent in the Natural History Exhibit, leading tours and offering geological “fun facts” during education programs, the center said in a statement.

“He also lends a hand in woodworking projects, responds to stranded marine mammals and entertains the AmeriCorps and staff with his charming wit and beloved dog, Sandy,” the center said.

Volunteer coordinator Amy Johnson said Wilson deserves the award “simply because he never asked for it.

“He doesn't seek recognition but rather chooses to volunteer his time and talent because he cares about the community and future generations. Roger is an inspiration for others to volunteer with us, too.”

Opportunities are coming up for those who want to volunteer at the center.

A training session about “Oceanography on the Dock” is set from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.

Participants will learn how to engage the public with oceanographic activities such as hands-on seawater measurements.

A volunteer training series will be held June 11, 17, 18 and 19.

The sessions from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. will offer a variety of topics.

For more information about volunteering at the center, contact Johnson at 360-385-5582, ext. 204, or ajohnson@ptmsc.org.

More information about the center also is available by emailing info@ptmsc.org or visiting www.ptmsc.org.

Last modified: April 27. 2014 6:51PM
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