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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Columbia Presbyterian Cir. Park & Ride, Columbia, MD, USA

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Columbia Presbyterian Cir. Park & Ride, Columbia, MD, USA


Registered: December 2022
City/Town/Province: Ellicott City
Posts: 2
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My ecological project consisted of scouting out a nearby site for trash and carrying out a community trash cleanup event. First, I contacted local community organizations if they needed a trash cleanup. Next, I partnered with the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County and conducted a site assessment at the nearby park and ride using the Alice Ferguson Foundation Visible Trash Survey to tally up different types of trash. For example, I found 13 plastic bottles, 36 small liquor bottles, hundreds of cigarette butts, and some abandoned furniture. Then, I planned a trash cleanup and advertised it on social media. Although there was low attendance, volunteers managed to pick up around 300 pounds or 136 kg of trash. Most of the trash was found around the parking lot and the woods bordering the park and ride. Picking up the trash was a tangible and accessible way of helping my local environment and I enjoyed seeing the before and after pictures of the cleanup site. The effort was intrinsically rewarding and I learned how to successfully organize and conduct a trash cleanup.
Date: December 31, 2022 Views: 13 File size: : 1706 x 1279
Hours Volunteered: 9
Volunteers: 3
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17 and 17 to 26
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 0.4
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 136
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