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Animal Rescue Program First Responder Training

Come join our Animal Rescue Program’s team of First Responders! As Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program, we respond to a variety of sick, injured and stranded marine animals and sea turtles along 1,000 miles of coastline throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island and Fishers Island, New York. Since our coverage area is so large, our First Responders are often the first eyes on scene for us and we rely on them to report back to us when conducting a health assessment of an animal out in the field if we are unable to get out there right away! This class would serve as the training and certification course to become a First Responder for our Animal Rescue Program. You do not need to have any prior marine mammal or sea turtle experience. One of our favorite things about our first responder program is that it brings together people from all different areas of work with different levels of experience. This class and volunteer program fosters a great environment for learning and we are happy to have anyone join that is interested! 

The First Responder program is very flexible in that there is no time-commitment for our First Responders. If becoming a First Responder is something that you are interested in, please click this link and fill out an application on our Better Impact volunteer program. After you submit your application, please go to the Opportunities page in Better Impact and sign up for a class. First Responders are an extremely integral part of our program and we look forward to having you on the team!

Upcoming Training Dates

Tuesday, October 18th

Mystic, CT

Blue Theatre @ Mystic Aquarium 6-8pm

Wednesday, October 19th

Niantic, CT

Niantic Bay Yacht Club 6-8pm

Thursday, October 20th

Charlestown, RI

Cross Mills Library 6-8pm

Saturday, October 22nd

Block Island, RI

Island Free Library 1-3pm

Tuesday, October 25th

Milford, CT

CT Audubon Coastal Center 6-8pm

Wednesday, November 2nd

Bristol, RI

Audubon Society of RI Environmental Education Center 6-8pm

Saturday, November 5th

Fisher’s Island, NY

Fisher’s Island Community Center 1-3pm

Monday, November 7th

Providence, RI

Save the Bay Providence 6-8pm

Wednesday, November 9th

Madison, CT

Meigs Point Nature Center 6-8pm

Thursday, November 10th

North Kingstown, RI

North Kingstown Free Library 6-8pm

Wednesday, November 23rd

Middletown, RI

Sachuest Point Visitor Center 6-8pm

Tuesday, November 29th

Tiverton, RI

Tiverton Public Library 6-8pm

Thursday, December 1st

Mystic, CT

Blue Theatre @ Mystic Aquarium 6-8pm

Thursday, December 8th

Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Public Library 6-8pm