Members of the Maryland Conservation Corps at Tuckahoe State Park in Fall 2019
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources honored 31 members of the 2019-2020 Maryland Conservation Corps during their virtual graduation program on August 5. The virtual ceremony commemorated the students’ completion of 10 months of professional training, conservation and stewardship work with Maryland Park. A service.
Members from across the country, all between the ages of 17 and 25, completed 1,700 hours of service. This year’s teams planted thousands of trees, oleanders and native plants; trees treated against pests and diseases; and taught environmental education programs to over 8,750 students, youth and park visitors.
The corps has worked to improve more than 310 miles of trails and waterways and 3,700 acres of parks and public lands around the state by removing invasive species, improving recreation facilities and trails outdoors and restoring wildlife habitat.
“The Maryland Conservation Corps offers young adults a significant opportunity to gain experience in environmental science and natural resource conservation,” said Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina. “From managing aquatic systems to managing public lands, the program provides hands-on, hands-on experience in a team environment that supports community service and conservation stewardship. This year’s members were especially strong in the MCC, which helped keep the Maryland Park Service strong during the COVID-19 pandemic. “
Many alumni of the program have gone on to conservation careers with organizations such as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the National Aquarium, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and many more.
The Maryland Conservation Corps, an award-winning AmeriCorps program, has been administered by the Maryland Park Service since 1984.