The Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) is pleased to welcome its newest volunteer, Steph Pully! She will be volunteering with us for one year as a part of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. The Corps, now welcoming its third class, was founded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust as a program to promote the health of the bay through environmental education, community engagement in conservation and energy efficiency. The trust’s 26 volunteers are working with various environmentally-focused host organizations throughout the state of Maryland.
Steph Pully doing restoration work in the field
Throughout the year, members undergo a series of trainings on leadership, professional development, environmental education and watershed restoration. These trainings are aimed at developing skill sets that will help them in their future careers, as well as teach the members more about the Chesapeake Bay and what we can do to protect it.
Steph, originally from Frederick, Maryland, graduated in May from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She earned her B.S. degree in Environmental Science. Steph also spent the summers in Ocean City, Maryland working for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program where she gained valuable, hands-on experience in watershed restoration.
The Chesapeake Conservation Corps allows Steph to combine her love for both restoration events in the field and environmental education programming. In her short time as a member, she has already connected with her fellow corps members and looks forward to working with them throughout the year. She also appreciates the numerous networking opportunities that the corps provides for young environmentalists.
As a volunteer with ACT!, Steph hopes to gain valuable experience and contribute to the rebuild and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In the near future, she is looking forward to her first trip with the ACT! to Virginia Beach for a sand dune restoration project this September. She cannot wait to spend her days out in the field and to get involved with the community volunteers!
Sign up for any one of our conservation events and come meet our newest member!