This past April, students from the Coastal Studies for Girls, took a trip to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge to volunteer with the Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Environmental Stewards, Katelyn Buttler and Emily Greene.
They were working at Skillings field in Scarborough which Rachel Carson NWR is using as habitat for New England Cottontails. It turned out to be a very VERY rainy, muddy, and cold day…but that didn’t stop these motivated girls! Katelyn and Emily were extremely impressed by their positive attitudes and determination as they worked through less than desirable conditions. We would like to feature the students of Coastal Studies for Girls in this Volunteer Spotlight!
We reached out to the Coastal Studies for Girls to see what they had to say about the experience:
What did you do at Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge? We planted live stakes of willow trees.
What was favorite part about volunteering at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge? My favorite part was having the people in charge be so passionate about what they think is important and really welcoming us to help them.
What was the biggest challenge and how did you overcome it? It was raining and cold and super muddy but to make the time go by we joked around and sang songs.
Why do you think it is important to protect our natural environment? It is important to protect our natural environment so that we don’t lose more and more animals.
What did you do at Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge? We planted live stakes in ditches which we dug as well.
What was favorite part about volunteering at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge? How nice and encouraging the three people were who organized the project.
What was the biggest challenge and how did you overcome it? Staying motivated through the rain. My friends and I decided to sing really loudly.
Why do you think it is important to protect our natural environment? I think many people are unaware of their impact which causes them to leave a negative impact on our natural environment. Our natural environment is crucial for life and happiness and it is something that we need to help because too many people have damaged it.
Coastal Studies for Girls(CSG) is a science and leadership semester school for tenth grade girls. The school brings girls from around the country to the coast of Maine for the fall or spring term of their sophomore year of high school. CSG promotes girls’ aspirations in the sciences, and encourages them to create strong communities and a connected world. For more information, visit their website.
Big shout our to our Environmental Stewards, Katelyn and Emily, for creating such a fun and memorable experience for these girls! Great work!