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AmeriCorps Mountains to Sea… and Sounds

By Jim Hawhee, APNEP Policy & Engagement Manager
May 30, 2014

Marie in the field at the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center

Marie in the field at the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center

Though her name suggests otherwise, Marie English is not actually English. A Chapel Hill native, she attended the University of North Carolina and graduated last year with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science. Marie is serving as an AmeriCorps member with APNEP through October to bolster the program’s education and outreach programming.

Undergraduate work experiences exposed Marie to laboratories and departments at UNC, including Drs. Noble and Arnosti in the Department of Marine Sciences. She also served in far flung locales, earning scholarships to study lake ecology in Montana and assess tourism impacts in Southeast Asia.

Marie is one of 20 members serving with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mountains to Sea Americorps Program. The program was started and is being administered by the North Carolina Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs. Marie is the first of three AmeriCorps members that will serve with APNEP, each for a 10-month term.

AmeriCorps is modeled after the Peace Corps. Members of both organizations serve with local or national organizations to address community needs across many sectors including the environment.

Marie, second from right, poses for a photo with narrators from the documentary "We are the River"

Marie, second from right, poses for a photo with narrators from the documentary "We are the River"

Since her arrival, Marie has spearheaded projects to teach people about the Albemarle-Pamlico region. She has developed APNEP’s Pocosin Project and continues to teach students about the history and importance of pocosins in the Albemarle-Pamlico region. Marie is also leading efforts to engage APNEP partners in the discovery of local flora and fauna through the iNaturalist app.

Working closely with the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and a fellow AmeriCorps member from the Natural Heritage Program, Marie traveled to schools along the Roanoke River in April to teach more than 500 kids about the river and its rich natural resources. Marie is also charting new territory for APNEP with plans to create several short educational films this summer.

Marie educates N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences patrons during Earth Month

Marie educates N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences patrons during Earth Month

After her service with APNEP, Marie plans to pursue a graduate degree in environmental engineering.

If you would like to speak with Marie about supporting an estuarine-themed program at a school or special event, please email her at marie.english@ncdenr.gov.

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