Fourteen high school students took part in the inaugural Young Environmental Stewards Conference hosted by the College’s Center for Environment & Society in July.
They came for the kayaking and fell in love with the field work.
For most of the high school students participating in the Young Environmental Stewards Conference, Washington College was already on their radar. This was an opportunity for them to test the waters. To learn what college-level environmental science and biology classes might be like. To understand what an internship at the College’s River and Field Campus might entail. And to imagine themselves as college students in a place that values and promotes environmental stewardship.
“A lot of these students have already taken AP courses in environmental science and have done volunteer work with environmental organizations,” notes Jamie Frees, the outreach and intern coordinator at the College’s Center for Environment & Society (CES) who organized the conference. “This was a great way for them to learn about our sense of place and how to become stewards for their local environments.”
In addition to Frees, instructors included Jemima Clarke and Mike Hardesty from CES, Dan Small and Maren Gimpel from Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory, Erica McMaster from the Geographic Information Systems Lab, and Shane Brill from the Campus Garden. Andrew McCown and Ann Rae, boat captains and maritime storytellers from Echo Hill Outdoor School, also made a special appearance.