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      Loggerhead Marinelife Center                       desk, and offers multilingual programming in American Sign

      Focuses On Diverse And                             Language (ASL), Spanish, and German on request.

                                                           “The availability of beach-capable wheelchairs is a great
      Inclusive Programming                              example of how LMC provides what we call ‘Oceans of
                                                         Opportunity.’ They provide the opportunity for members
         The mission of                                  of our community to comfortably and safely access ocean
      Loggerhead Marinelife Center                       education – a right to learn that everyone should have. The
      (LMC) is to promote ocean                          generous donation from Clinics Can Help has helped us
      and sea turtle conservation                        increase our impact, for which we are incredibly grateful,”
      – and that effort requires all                     said Hannah Campbell, vice president of the education
      hands on deck, regardless                          division at LMC. She added that other supporters of the
      of ability or background. To                       initiative include the Association of Science and Technology
      connect underserved and                            Centers, the Edward T. Bedford Foundation, REI Co-op, and
      underrepresented groups                            Starbucks, among others.
      to ocean conservation and                             In June, visitors used the newly added beach wheelchair
      appreciation, LMC has                              on a Turtle Walk. “[LMC] allowed me to have an experience   American Sign Language tours at LMC
      launched the far-reaching                          I will treasure as one of the most wonderful events in my
      Oceans of Opportunity                              life,” shared Elizabeth Merkling, who, after a car accident   2022 in partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation.
      initiative with the help of  Sensory backpacks at LMC  in her 20s, has used a wheelchair ever since.   LMC’s multilingual programming also includes educational
      several local organizations.                          “She hasn’t been able to go onto the beach in a very long   programs in German with the help of a longtime, German-
         In collaboration with Clinics Can Help, a nonprofit that   time, even though she loves the ocean,” explained Diane   speaking volunteer, Britta Steinhorn.
      serves people with disabilities, LMC recently acquired a   Perry, a close friend who joined Elizabeth on the Turtle Walk      LMC is taking steps to become a sensory inclusive certified
      second beach wheelchair for use in the Turtle Walk, Hatchling   experience. “Some facilities promote accessibility, but the   organization. The center currently has sensory backpacks
      Release, and Sunrise Nest Excavation programs. The center also   person still is not able to do everything. The Turtle Walk   available for use, which include headphones, sunglasses,
      has sensory backpacks available for checkout at the welcome   experience was completely immersive for her, and she said   gloves, fidget spinners, and communication boards.
                                                         it was one of the best nights of her life.”          Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s recently renovated and
                                                            In July, LMC hosted the Family Center on Deafness for   expanded facility offers one of the most advanced and unique
                                                         a Turtle Walk, which was led by Jennifer Reilly, research   experiences in ocean education and conservation. The center
                                                         operations manager at LMC, and a full-time staff biologist   is open daily and hosts more than 350,000 guests free of
                                                         who is deaf and fluent in American Sign Language. There   charge each year. Through Oceans of Opportunity, LMC is
                                                         are currently very few environmental education experiences   reaching a more diverse array of guests than ever before.
                                                         offered in ASL, and Reilly has been a pioneer in interpreting   About Loggerhead Marinelife Center
                                                         coastal classroom videos, offering tours in ASL, and leading      Loggerhead Marinelife Center, located in Loggerhead
                                                         virtual presentations. “I want to help guests who are deaf   Park,  Juno  Beach,  Florida, is  a  sea  turtle research,
                                                         or hard of hearing to participate in tours of our Sea Turtle   rehabilitation, education, and conservation center. The
                                                         Hospital, or to fully experience our Turtle Walks and observe   center also manages the Juno Beach Pier across the street
                                                         a sea turtle laying her eggs during nesting season,” Reilly   from the park. Established in 1983, Loggerhead Marinelife
                                                         explained. “Our efforts are expanded enormously when we   Center seeks to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems
                                                         can include everyone, no matter the background or barrier.”   with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea
                                                            LMC conducts guided tours and provides community and   turtles. Its facilities include a sea turtle hospital, a research
                                                         school programming in Spanish. The center recently led a   laboratory, and exhibit areas, including live sea turtles and
      Clinics Can Help beach wheelchair donation to LMC  Turtle Walk in Spanish as part of Latino Conservation Week   other coastal creatures.

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