Michel Morris

49211139_1002773486578438_2392102999242571776_o
Please remind us, what was your position when you worked with us at Phillips Wharf? *
AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator
What are you doing now? Please be specific, we want to brag about what you are up to these days.
Communications Specialist - Johns Hopkins Medicine

 

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

Phillips Wharf creates life-long Chesapeake Bay stewards through excellent (and fun) education. Each trip through the Fishmobile or Center allows Marylanders to see and touch Bay creatures. It is such a memorable, tactile experience that it can often change the way they see their Bay and make them care more about the environment.

How did working/volunteering with Phillips Wharf impact you?

From Kelley, I learned how to build a base of dedicated volunteers and create an organizational infrastructure that encouraged growth. I was also able to stretch my creative muscles by developing a complete portfolio of communications materials and creating a volunteer training program. The things I learned at Phillips Wharf became the building blocks of my career (plus I can really clean a tank!).

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

When students see the difference between a tank cleaned by oysters and regular Bay water, something really clicks for them. They see the importance of our oyster population and immediately want to learn more.

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 wrote a book inspired by my time on the Fishmobile. "There's No One Like You" is about tenacious young terrapin named Madelyn who lives in the Chesapeake Bay. She can't seem to find any other turtles who look like her so she decides to go traveling. On her adventures, she meets other Bay creatures and comes to realize that it's okay to be different.

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