My name is Eric Wurzburg. My wife Beth and I founded and operate East End Explorer, LLC based in Southampton, NY. When I was 8 years old, my class took a trip to the salt marshes, and I've been hooked on estuarial ecology and life of the salt marsh ever since. It's quite amazing to see the biodiversity that thrives in these shallow waters and grasslands. Throughout my life I have pursued occupations that have allowed me to share my passion for environmental stewardship and ecological mindfulness with others. I travel, fish, dive, paddle, hike, boat, and explore the natural world every chance I get. The salt water holds a special place in my heart--especially the waters of the East End. I've earned a Master degree in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis on environmental education.
We emphasize safety and encourage all of our campers to come with open minds and hearts along with a willingness to get their feet wet. Explorer Camp is not so much to build a business but to follow a dream. That 8 year old boy I once was never imagined that he could make exploring the bays and marsh a lifetime endeavor, but the man before you is making this dream a reality. Come with me and I will show you the sea.
Paddle Safe, Paddle Happy, Paddle East
I am Beth Wurzburg. Eric and I decided to build East End Explorer Camp to provide children with an experience unlike any other available on the East End. I have a Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice and am a professor of education at the University of Georgia during the academic year where I teach future elementary school teachers. I was formerly a 3rd and 5th grade teacher myself, and bring over 20 years of experience working with children to enhance the educational experiences of our campers in one of the world's most beautiful outdoor "classrooms."
Matt is our assistant director and an intern from Stony Brook School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. He is a true local. Having grown up in Hampton Bays, he is passionate about our waters. On any given day you can find him fishing, paddling, or surfing. During the academic year Matt is a first Mate on Stony Brook's marine research boats while attending classes earning his Environmental Studies degree.
Jess is a veteran Explorer Camp counselor who has a knack for encouraging campers to get out of their comfort zone. Jess is a born nurturer. Campers gravitate to her, and she has a calming way when campers are nervous to explore. When not leading campers, Jess enjoys camping with her family and volunteering her time at places such as the Quogue Wildlife Center and the Riverhead Aquarium.
Hi, my name is Harrison Hanley. I am a senior in high school attending IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida training to play Lacrosse at the collegiate level. I plan to become a teacher when I graduate, my mother is also a teacher. I have known Eric for many years and started off working with him at East End Explorer as a counselor in training and have been a counselor now for the past two summers.I am an avid outdoorsman, Ive spent my whole life on the water and love every minute of it. Fishing is my life, whether it be trolling for giant tuna off shore, jigging fluke in the bay or helping a kid catch his first fish from the shores nothing makes me happier. I look forward to working with your children and sharing my love of the water with them.
Our daughter Mattie is a counselor with our program. She has been exploring East End waters with us since she was a little girl. Now as a responsible young woman, she is CPR certified and completed the Southampton Village Ocean Junior Lifeguard program in 2022 . In her free time Mattie is an avid dancer and enjoys spending her time with friends and her little brother Jack.
Our son Jack is an explorer in training and loves catching fish, playing in the mud, and eating clams, crabs and oysters! Not yet old enough to attend Explorer Camp, he wears the gear with pride and and cannot wait to be old enough to join us at camp every day.
"I am happy out here. Dirty feet, messy hair & wild water on my skin. Out here with the wild things; this is where I belong." -Brooke Hampton