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At Baltimore’s Masonville Cove, students explore urban conservation

Today, you’re hearing from Curtis Bennett of the National Aquarium, one of the partners at Masonville Cove, a partnership in Baltimore that was designated as an urban wildlife refuge partnership by the Service in 2013. Masonville Cove is now home to an environmental education center and is a place for local residents and schoolchildren to spend time in nature and participate in environmental stewardship projects. Working with Curtis, interns will work on a variety of projects that will benefit Masonville Cove and the Greater Baltimore area. They will be sharing their experience with us all summer.  My name is Curtis Bennett and I am a Project Manager within the Conservation Department at the National Aquarium (In the photo below, I’m the one in the blue polo). On behalf of the steering committee for the Urban Conservation and Education Internships Program, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our 2015 interns! On June 1, these four college students from the Greater Baltimore area began an eight-week journey, and throughout the summer they will spend time learning from local experts and gathering many new experiences along the way, all in an effort to paint a clear picture of career opportunities within the conservation sector.


The whole crew during the launch of the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition, the first day for the interns! From left to right, Tamara Taylor, Anastaia Alvarez Johnson, Congressman John Sarbanes, Karlis Grauze, Stephen Celano, me and U. S. Fish and WService Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber.

Over the past couple months, these four students have been patiently awaiting the start of program and here’s what each student is looking forward to the most:

“I’m looking forward to experiencing new adventures that this program may offer. I know quite a bit about the underwater sea animals but I’m eager to know more about wildlife creatures and why and how they are highly essential to the world.”

Tamara Taylor, Tuskegee University 
Elementary education major

“I am really excited about devoting a significant amount of time to putting to use my environmental knowledge and passion. I feel like there are plenty of opportunities to grow on a personal level as well as on environmentalist level.”

Karlis Grauze, University of Maryland
Environmental science and policy major/Philosophy minor

“I am most looking forward to further educating myself in the field of conservation and educating others on what can be done to help sustain our environment.”

Stephen Celano, Towson University
Environmental biology major 

“I am honestly looking forward to the contacts I know I’ll make during the program. I am looking forward to meeting my peers and working with them, learning and growing together. I hope to take anything I learn and share it with our community. Growth in individuals helps to grow our communities.”

Anastasia Alvarez Johnson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Animal and poultry sciences major

Please stay tuned and follow our four interns as they share their experiences over the course of this program! Learn more about our partnership at Masonville Cove here.