Devyn Pulls the Weeds at Anne Arundel Forestry Board

Devyn: “I have always had a passion for the outdoors and love for learning. I grew up exploring the Maryland’s rich natural resources from the mountains to the shores of the Chesapeake. I am an avid fan of hiking, flora and fauna identification, fishing, kayaking, exploring wetlands and cultivating plants. Through high school I got involved in a trade program at Center of Applied Technologies North where I studied environmental science. I love the program and followed it through to senior year where they place me in an internship with Arlington Echo. There I got involved more actively with environmental management and volunteering. The experiences I had so far along with my passion for the nature lead me to study environmental science at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.”

“I was lacking a clear direction after college but knew that I wanted to continue helping others and learned that AmeriCorps was a great way to do this.”

“As I expended my knowledge at college, I became more involved in volunteering with nature centers and park. I had always enjoyed giving back and sharing any knowledge that I could with those around me. These opportunities were my first chance to actively apply what I was learning, while also helping other understand and connect with the natural world. I was lacking a clear direction after college but knew that I wanted to continue helping others and learned that AmeriCorps was a great way to do this. I had connected with Volunteer Maryland through the AmeriCorps website and was excited to learn that they were partnering with several sites focusing on environmental stewardship. I knew that this would be a great opportunity for me to build knowledge about volunteer management and the non-for-profit world. This would also be a great chance to network with key players in environmental field. I recognized that I will be getting a lot out of this process and hope to give more back to strengthening environmental stewardship along with the local community. In the future I hope to look back on my time spent with Volunteer Maryland and see it as a pivotal moment in my personal and professional development. That this position helps me to continue my life long goal of improved understanding and respect for the natural world and its processes.”

Devyn Croghan
Anne Arundel Forestry Board Volunteer Coordinator

You can learn more about volunteer opportunities at Anne Arundel County Forestry Board: Anne Arundel Weed Resistance by visiting Also, if you’re a non-profit organization, government agency or school that is interested in having a Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps member serve at your organization please visit or email outreach manager, Nathan Cabrera at 

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