T.J. Rayhill

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What was your position when you worked with us at Phillips Wharf? 
Summer Intern
What are you doing now? Please be specific, we want to brag about what you are up to these days.
I am the owner and environmental educator of Kentucky’s first edible insect farm, Plentiful Protein Products

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

I love the tiered effect of the mission. You have to first encourage, and then educate and then engage. Chesapeake Bay is an important area economically and environmentally we (the people that live on the bay, as well as the general people) have to work together to reach manageable goals for all!

How did working/volunteering with Phillips Wharf impact you?

I loved my time at PWEC and still talk about it all the time. It was a transformational time in my life. I loved the people I worked with and interactions I had.

 

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 graduated with my BS in education and Bs in biology I graduated with a MA in environmental education Taught one year in public schools, decided it wasn’t for me and then opened Plentiful Protein Products.

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