Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Monica Henry

Monica HenryMonica Henry was visiting from Arizona during spring break when she first discovered the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. When her family moved across the country to Stuart last summer, she wasted no time signing up to volunteer.
This ambitious 17-year-old is now immersed in her second summer as a TEAM Ocean intern and can often be found leading the sea turtle presentations at the Coastal Center. She will be a senior at Martin County High School this fall and has plans to study marine biology in college.
Through her experiences at Florida Oceanographic, Monica says she has learned that even the smallest act can go a long way. For example, picking up a wrapper on the beach could save a bird or a sea turtle’s life. She shares that message with fellow teens and adults alike.
“I like that I’m able to be a part of Florida Oceanographic’s mission to inspire environmental stewardship through education and research,” says Monica. “I enjoy talking with guests, educating them about different species and how to conserve our marine ecosystems. I love working with kids, too. Seeing the excitement on their faces as they encounter different animals at the Coastal Center is really rewarding.”
Monica is a treasured volunteer at Florida Oceanographic and we are grateful for her enthusiasm and commitment!