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Bureau of Land Management Eastern States, CCPS, Chesapeake Conservancy and CSM Join to Introduce Students to Careers in Environmental Science and Stewardship

May 2, 2023


The Bureau of Land Management Eastern States (BLM), Charles County Public Schools, Chesapeake Conservancy and College of Southern Maryland (CSM) hosted “Creating an Environmental Foundation for Success,” a career symposium for high school and college students in Charles County, Maryland. The symposium took place at CSM’s Velocity Center in Indian Head on April 25.

“Chesapeake Conservancy is proud to help the next generation of leaders become environmental stewards,” said Joel Dunn, president and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy. “Charles County is home to some of the most significant places to discover the wonders of nature in our region, including the recently designated Mallows Bay – Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary and Douglas Point Special Recreation Management Area. We’re excited to help students learn about these environmental success stories and introduce them to some of the leaders and organizations that help advance conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. If students can learn from the real people who signal change, we know that the conservation movement will continue to strengthen with the current and next generation.”

“The symposium was an outstanding opportunity to connect with the best and brightest students from Charles County Public Schools and the College of Southern Maryland,” said Mitchell Leverette, BLM Eastern States state director. “We showcased the many programs and career paths that promote conservation and outdoor recreation on public lands in Maryland and across the country. The students shared with us what drives their interest in public lands, the outdoors and the environment. We are inspired by the young talent we met and hopeful this engagement will motivate them to become the BLM’s future leaders.”

“The College of Southern Maryland is thrilled to partner with the Bureau of Land Management Eastern States, Charles County Public Schools and the Chesapeake Conservancy to host this thoughtful symposium about the many important careers that students can pursue in the field of environmental science and stewardship,” said CSM President Dr. Yolanda Wilson. “As the region’s workforce pipeline, we pride ourselves on working closely with our regional partners as a convener and connector. This is a wonderful collaboration that will garner high community impact by exposing students to meaningful opportunities and experts in their fields.”

 During the symposium, attendees learned about prospective careers in the environmental field. A panel of speakers shared their experiences in the field and helped students build familiarity with careers in the environment and land management. Participants also had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with various environmental groups and organizations in the region.

This story was distributed by the Chesapeake Conservancy and the photograph was taken by McDonough High School.

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