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Mobile aquarium seeks volunteers

Volunteers ages 16 and older are being sought to make regular visits to area elementary schools with The Living Planet Aquavan, predecessor to what developers hope will become The Living Planet Aquarium.

Participants will be required to attend all training sessions. The next is scheduled from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in room 262 of the College Center at Salt Lake Community College, 4600 S. Redwood Road. Parking is free. Volunteers are asked to commit to two four-hour shifts a month.The Aquavan transports tanks containing marine animals (hermit crabs, brittle stars, snails, bamboo shark, sea cucumbers, cleaner shrimp, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, sea stars and an octopus) to third-grade students for hands-on instruction.

Those who enjoy teaching young people and want to volunteer should call 320-9951 or send an e-mail to JayceenC@thelivingplanet.com.

Developers Brent V. Andersen and Stephen S. Schulkens say they plan to open the aquarium in 2003 in downtown Salt Lake City. A site has not been announced yet for construction of the aquarium. But the two men say the 1-million-gallon facility will contain 10,000 aquatic and rainforest specimens and live ecosystems from around the world. They say the not-for-profit organization is committed to building a world-class facility for education and family entertainment.