Coast to Coast Sarah Comes Back to Maryland!

Sarah has worked coast to coast, from Assateague State Park in Maryland to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California and now Maryland is proud to have her back serving as an AmeriCorps member in the capacity of Volunteer Coordinator at Arlington Echo – Anne Arundel County Public Schools Office of Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education . “I entered the environmental field at age 15 and haven’t strayed since, with special focus on wildlife and education. I recently got the chance to combine my love of research and outreach by interpreting bat research to the public while it was happening. Bats are a HUGE love of mine so I was stoked to convey that to others with the bats up-close.”

“during this time that I realized the huge impact volunteerism can have, on both…”

During my time at the University of Maryland, I became involved with the student chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS) and held the role of Vice President my junior year and President my senior year. I created partnerships with local environmental organizations to make an impact in our community, while giving our members new skills and networking opportunities. It was during this time that I realized the huge impact volunteerism can have, on both the environment and the people. During this service year, I hope to foster stewardship by combining the efforts of community members and organizations towards a common goal: supporting our environment and empowering our youth.

When asked how does this fit into your long-term goals Sarah says, “I hope to take my volunteer coordination experience from a collegiate to professional setting so that my impact on this planet and its people will continue to grow, gaining management skills along the way. After this year, I hope to pursue urban sustainability, with a focus on wildlife habitat, through research and outreach. A large part of that plan is empowering those around me to make a difference and encouraging community involvement/understanding.”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Arlington Echo – Anne Arundel County Public Schools Office of Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education you can visit arlingtonecho.org

If you know of an organization interested in partnering with Volunteer Maryland to become a ‘host’ site (Service Site) please visit volunteer.maryland.gov/ServiceSites or email Nathan Cabrera – Outreach Manager – Nathan.cabrera@maryland.gov

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