What it means to be a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer

Canoes at Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Hello! This is Jamie Phillips, AWS’s newest team member.  I am working with the Stewardship team through the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program through next summer.  To me, this program is a win-win situation for the environmental movement: not only do organizations such as this one get extra help at no cost to them (which I’ll explain shortly), but young environmentalists such as myself get a great learning and service experience as a full-time part of an environmental nonprofit group.

To give you a little background on myself, I am a local here in Prince George’s County.  I grew up in Greenbelt and fondly remember those times in my childhood when my family and I would bike or walk down to Beaver Dam Creek in the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, spotting herons and turtles every time we came.  I recently graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where I was surrounded by conservation efforts and inspired biologists who worked hard on oyster restoration programs, biodiversity issues, and a wealth of other challenges that the Chesapeake Bay community face every day.

I come here to Anacostia Watershed Society with openness and eagerness to learn.  I am familiar with the issues surrounding the health of the Anacostia and the Bay, so it’s exciting to be gaining such valuable knowledge and engaging in the important efforts that the Stewardship team undertake.

If you want to contact me, please, send me an email at jphillips@anacostiaws.org!  I'm always interested in hearing from new folks.


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