The Wetlands Institute’s Environmental Education Interns spent 12 weeks leading public education programs, while immersing themselves in the unique environment of the surrounding salt marsh and barrier islands. They worked hard and through it all developed the skills they need to continue their careers in environmental education. Each year, interns are asked to develop and implement an education project of their choosing that is personally and/or institutionally beneficial. The deliverables from their projects leave a lasting impact on The Wetlands Institute and we hope you’ll stop by to see their education initiatives in action.
Intern Projects Overview
Amanda Devers (West Chester University) created 8 unique, seasonally focused seek and find cards that allow visitors to learn about the seasonal array of wildlife, plants, and birds that live and thrive in both the salt marsh and the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary.
Danielle Meeker (Christopher Newport University) improved aspects of The Wetlands Institute’s Responsible Disposal initiative by properly labeling indoor trash and recycling receptacles; constructing a new compost bin made from recycled pallets; and developing a Science Feature dedicated to home sustainability.
Hannah Locke (Eckerd College) proposed ideas to revitalize signage along The Wetland Institute’s salt marsh trail creating new opportunities for visitors to learn about the plants and wildlife living within the salt marsh.
Phoebe Shoap (Ursinus College) focused on breaking down barriers between youth and scientific research by creating a fun and informational PowerPoint Presentation and a Magnetic Sea Turtle Matching Game that translates a complex climate change research into a tangible message that is easily understood and retained by children.