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!
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