Quinn M. (Participant)
I never got the chance to say a thorough thank you for the weekend. The Terranaut [Junior Wildlife Conservation] camp is now rated among the most amazing experiences of my life.
I had never been to an overnight camp before so of course I was a little nervous. But as soon as I met the instructors and other kids I was fine.
For the grubbing I can’t thank you enough. I have only held a bird once before and it was not for very long (this was during a release – I didn’t just pick up a random bird). The grubbing was likely my favorite part and probably where I learned the most too.
One other thing I wanted to thank you for is the squid dissection. I honestly did not want to do it but you encouraged everyone to give it a try. Once I got started I had so much fun! Not only was this fun, but it also gave me confidence! Now I know I have the ability to do that type of thing without feeling sick like I thought I would. Same thing with the fish. Last time I handled one, I found it quite gross, but you and the other kids told me I should try without the gloves. I did, and had a great time.
Thank you so much for giving all of us this opportunity. I think all of us left the island happy and with a great deal more knowledge than before.
Attending [the Junior Wildlife Conservation] camp has made my daughter want to be become a scientist. Thank you for this amazing program, ladies.
My daughter’s experience with Terranaut Club was fantastic! She learned, explored, and developed a deeper appreciation for the environment and all things sea life! A phenomenally well organized camp experience which I highly recommend for all young learners and science lovers! Thanks Julia & team!
Alexa P. (Participant)
Thank you Fulbright Canada for sponsoring this expedition (Terranaut Club x Girls Inc. Sarasota: Threatened Species & Ecosystems of South Florida) and letting me take this opportunity. Honestly I never thought I would be going on a boat with some amazing scientists and learning about sharks and different animals and their facts and lifestyles. I am very thankful for this chance and opportunity of getting here. Really thankful!
Our daughter had an amazing time with this group. The opportunities that this group provide young girls is extraordinary. They get to feel, see, and do science. It’s an experience that I’m sure she will never forget. Thank you!
These ladies are truly amazing! My daughter has attended for two years, first doing the girls Marine Biology camp and this year the sleepover Wildlife Conservation program on Bon Portage. She hasn’t stopped talking about her experiences and all the fun she had. She can’t wait for next year!
Jamie K. (Girls Inc. Sarasota Director of Programs)
On behalf of Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude [to Fulbright Canada’s ELP] for providing our girls with the opportunity to experience science as it exists in the real world [at the Threatened Species & Ecosystems of South Florida program]. Through direct contact with researchers, and direct exposure to marine life and aquatic experiences, our girls have had the unique and incredible opportunity to further explore their science-based passion.
Because of the Terranaut Club, our girls are not just aware of their first step [to their career path], but what lies beyond it. Upon returning, their excitement grew ten-fold, but because of the knowledge they have gained around educational paths and the array of careers to choose from, they will be able to turn that excitement into progress.
We are beyond grateful for the partnerships that enabled Girls Inc. to offer our girls this opportunity, and look forward to what they will turn this experience into in the future. Please know that the difference you have made is immense, and we are so excited for our future boat captains, shark taggers, and scientists to take on the world!