Outreach Associate, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Wilmington DE
Sarah Morales’s interest in horticulture dates back to high school when she took a horticulture class. Her love of plants has only continued to grow since then. She also credits her mother’s garden as a determining factor in her career interests. Sarah decided to pursue her passion in plants at the University of Delaware where she served as a summer intern at UDBG in 2015. The internship experience helped Sarah realize she wanted to work in a botanic garden where she could use her skills and interest in education and landscape design. In 2016, Sarah graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Horticulture and Design with a minor in Psychology.
In the summer following graduation, Sarah worked as the Mobile Market Manager at Bright Spot Farms to gain experience growing and selling agricultural crops in an urban setting. This experience piqued her interest in the non-profit industry. Sarah began working in the AmeriCorps leadership development program, Public Allies Delaware, and from there took the opportunity to work for the Delaware State Parks main office in Dover and now the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. As the Outreach and Volunteer Program Developer, her chief responsibility is to coordinate and implement creative programs and projects that engage the public. One of the things she enjoys most about her job is getting exposure to so many different initiatives and opportunities within the science and outreach department.
Sarah has many different interests and hobbies in addition to being a plant lover. She is extremely passionate about preserving and creating equitable green spaces for people in areas who don’t have the luxury of experiencing nature. She would like to give others the opportunity to experience the joy of being outside and enjoying nature firsthand. She also enjoys photography, reading, knitting, crocheting, and of course spending time outdoors in gardens. A fun fact about Sarah is that she loves Asimina triloba, commonly called pawpaw, so much that she got it tattooed on her forearm, which has turned out to be a great conversation piece with strangers! At some point in her lifetime, Sarah would love to attend the Ohio Pawpaw Festival.