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Meet Our Intern, Mary Katherine DeWane

Our recent intern, Mary Katherine DeWane, shares her experience with the Conservancy below:

My name is Mary Katherine DeWane. I am a lifelong Memphian and a graduate of White Station High School. Currently, I am in my junior year at Harvard College, where I major in Biology. I have always loved nature and the environment, and my desire to work in a conservation-related career led me to join the Wolf River Conservancy as an intern for my winter break. During my time here, I have done many different tasks with various staff members. Some of the highlights were site inspections and learning GPS and GIS skills with Ryan Hall, Director of Land Conservation, and working with Cathy Justis, Director of Education, on native pollinator bed projects at local elementary schools. During my internship, I was provided with so many opportunities to learn more about the Wolf River Conservancy. Everyday was different and exciting, and I had a good balance of time in the field and in the office.

I was first introduced to the Wolf River Conservancy when Cathy came to visit my sixth grade class to teach us about the Wolf River and the importance of watersheds. Since then, I have been on paddling trips with my family, and as a high schooler I worked on an Arboretum project with Ryan and my 4-H Forestry Group. Even though I have been aware of the WRC and the work that they do for a long time, it was not until I began interning here that I truly began to appreciate all of the work that goes into fulfilling their mission of education, outreach, and conservation. It was exciting to see firsthand all of the different projects and goals that the organization sets out to accomplish, and it was inspiring to be able to work with an organization that helps make Memphis a better place.

Posted by Cathy Justis at 11:50 AM