Lauren Michael

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Please remind us, what was your position when you worked with us at Phillips Wharf? *
Intern
What are you doing now? Please be specific, we want to brag about what you are up to these days.
Since working at PWEC in 2014, I’ve gone on to pursue a career in avian ecology. I graduated college in 2017 and have spent the last three years working on tons of different avian field projects all over North America (and most recently Costa Rica!). I plan to head back to grad school in another year or two to get my Masters.

Why do you think Phillips Wharf and its mission is important?

In my experience, people are most likely to protect something that they know, understand, and have experienced first hand. PWEC gives locals the opportunity to get up close and personal with all of the aspects of the Bay that make it so unique and special, and it’s that kind of experience that encourages people to work to protect the Bay and its wildlife.

How did working/volunteering with Phillips Wharf impact you?

My internship with Phillips Wharf helped me realize the importance of environmental education, and I hope to continue that legacy throughout my scientific career by continuing to prioritize community outreach.

Can you share a story about an event or a moment when you felt like Phillips Wharf made a difference for someone?

I always loved taking the bus to local events. It was so fun getting to talk with kids and families who wouldn’t normally stop by PWEC on their own. I also loved teaching kids about horseshoe crabs! At first they were always terrified but by the end, the horseshoe crab was always a crowd favorite

Since your time at Phillips Wharf, what have you done? Share with us some of the neat experiences you’ve had since you left.

Since leaving Phillips Wharf, I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over North America doing bird research. I’ve worked in 10 states, two Canadian provinces, and most recently Costa Rica! In that time, I’ve also done two long distance bike tours. The first was a 3 month tour from Virginia to Oregon and the second was a tour down the west coast.

Making a donation to our #GivingTuesdayNOW campaign means supporting education!  The funds used from this campaign will allow us to adapt our education programs so that we may continue to offer interactive environmental education experiences.

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Dear Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Supporter,

I want to share with you how Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is pivoting towards new horizons that strengthen our longevity into the future and make our educational programs much more accessible to diverse audiences.

In Phillips Wharf’s 14-year history – two challenges have remained constant—the rising costs of maintaining a waterfront campus and old buildings, and addressing the inaccessibility of Tilghman Island to many school systems and others unable to afford the cost or the time for the long trip from more urban areas like Easton.

With this in mind, Phillips Wharf’s Board of Directors have made a bold decision to ensure the sustainability of our future and educational programs by liquidating our assets on Tilghman Island—including the real estate and property—and re-focus the expected gains from the sale to re-open a location in Easton that the Board will determine.

Be assured—Phillips Wharf will always bring our students to meaningful interactions with the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem and inhabitants. We know technology and our FishMobile, for example, can bring experiences and education to more students when we can focus our operations more on education, and less on maintaining an underutilized campus with mounting deferred maintenance costs and more.

Phillips Wharf will continue to carry the essence of encouraging, educating, and engaging Chesapeake Bay stewards from a new location soon. In addition, we’ll be sure to share this exciting news when it comes to fruition with you.

In the meantime, thank you for caring about our students and the Chesapeake Bay as a natural resource and source of healthy seafood and productive jobs for the Shore’s residents. We are excited to bring the Chesapeake Bay closer to our students and the public in ways that are more meaningful. This is a bold step forward not only in Phillips Wharf’s survivability, but also in our thrivability.

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach me at [email protected] or 410-886-9200.

Warmest regards,

 

Matthew Albers

Board President, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center