Lindsay Spotts

94640210_2980013395422769_9059062097236721664_n
Please remind us, what was your position when you worked with us at Phillips Wharf? *
AmeriCorps VISTA- Environmental Education
What are you doing now? Please be specific, we want to brag about what you are up to these days.
Field Educator at Chincoteague Bay Field Station

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

I think the mission of Phillips Wharf is important because our world needs more education on the environmental issues we are facing as well as a way to explore their passion for the outdoors. Phillips Wharf allowed all ages to explore the area and had events for all to encourage the continued learning for everyone. They brought together the community through social gatherings and lectures series about ongoing environmental issues.

How did working/volunteering with Phillips Wharf impact you?

This experience impacted me by allowing me to work with retired teachers who knew the ins and outs of formal education and brainstorming ways we can create informal, hands-on activities for the students that attended our programs. It allowed me to see a few different areas in the environmental field- education, aquaculture, and a little bit of research!

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

It was a few weeks after I first started working at Phillips Wharf. I was still trying to figure out the animals and what to talk about. This family came in and I wanted to make their experience as best as I could. The young girl was shy and didn’t want to engage at first so I was just talking to the parents. But then the young girl saw the touch tank and it sparked her interest- so we spent the next 20 mins just going through our horseshoe crabs and shells and just letting her play in the water. At the end of the tour she gave me a hug (her mom said that was rare that she gives hugs to strangers, so that made me feel like I did a good job haha). I feel that Phillips Wharf has a variety of engaging tanks for kids who might not be interested in the other animals.

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

I just started a new job at Chincoteague Bay Field Station! Got to learn some cool things about the area while we have been in training!

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.

To check out other past intern and staff individual responses please click on their name:

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