My Chesapeake Conservation Corps Experience


Chesapeake Conservation Corps crew built 19 wet-beds to help AWS with native wetland plant propagation for our various restoration projects.

Fulfilling my role as Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer at the Anacostia Watershed Society has been an amazing experience. Over the course of the year I have learned a lot about AWS, the Anacostia and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, and environmental restoration. I plan to use the skills and knowledge I’ve strengthened to continue on this career path with AWS as I am now their Advocacy Associate!


Final result of volunteers removing an invasive non-native species, bamboo, and planting native trees along a stream bank.

My main focus as a Corps member has been on environmental stewardship. I’ve directly engaged more than 1,000 people through our volunteer events in planting 674 trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, removing approximately 17,400 lbs. of trash and tires from the watershed, and removing a variety of invasive non-native species (e.g. English ivy, garlic mustard); this doesn’t even include the more than 2,000 volunteers who helped us remove 42 tons of trash on Earth Day! Tree maintenance, recreational canoeing, helping our educators with wetland planting activities, and attending workshops/trainings are some of the other activities I have be involved in. Maybe you have been to one of these events! Other responsibilities and projects I took on during my Corps year included writing and reporting on grants, planning large-scale events (e.g. Earth Day, 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance), and designing and overseeing the production of a Microsoft Access database (which AWS now uses) for the purposes of entering, tracking and reporting on data gathered from our events and activities (I could not have even started building this database, let alone complete it, without the help of my fiancé; thank you, Stefan!).


Volunteers gathered at one of our Earth Day sites after working hard to remove trash from the area.

The Chesapeake Conservation Corps was established by the Maryland legislature and is being managed by the Chesapeake Bay Trust; I would like to thank them for creating and implementing such a successful program. I would also like to recognize the Anacostia Watersed Society and my fellow Corps Volunteers and their host organizations for their dedication and commitment to the program; our experiences together have been incredible. For all of the volunteers out there, thank you for your hard work and determination; we wouldn’t be able to do our work without you!

 

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