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Six ACPS Students Complete 2-Week Internship with The Nature Conservancy

leaf LEAF Interns Learn about, Complete Conservation Work


Six students from Allegany County Public Schools recently had the opportunity to participate in a two-week internship program with The Nature Conservancy. These Leaders for Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) interns performed hands-on natural resource management projects in Western Maryland. Sites included the Finzel Swamp Preserve in Frostburg and the Sideling Hill Creek Preserve in Bellegrove.


Interns completed skills-building activities in media, advocacy, and science. The group helped to install a beaver baffle; cleared space for larch trees; collected deer ticks for a study being conducted at FSU; built and installed a new interpretive sign at the Sideling Hill Creek Preserve; and utilized the iNaturalist app to identify and map mushroom species. The students also had the chance to spend a day meeting with local elected officials to learn more about the role of local government in conservation.


The six ACPS LEAF interns included William Coburn, Mountain Ridge High School graduate; Claire Marlowe, Allegan High School graduate; Violet Baumann, Allegany High School; Hannah Moore, Allegany High School; Emma McConnell, Fort Hill High School; and James Boyd, Fort Hill High School.


For more information on the LEAF Intern program and The Nature Conservancy, visit


Published 7/31/19