Watershed Community Development Coordinator, EPCAMR - Eastern Pa Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Ashley, Pennsylvania
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
How Wren Dugan got involved with Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
I had long planned to join the AmeriCorps VISTA program upon graduating college. I had many friends who had gone through the program who found it very satisfying. i volunteered in helping them on different occasions and admired the work they were doing and the possibilities of the program. This position was open on the AmeriCorps.gov website. The description of the duties and programs involved seemed ideal for my experience and the direction I wanted to hone my professional skills. I first interviewed with an ACCT VISTA leader, and then with the Executive Director of EPCAMR. I was able to come to visit the site before my position started and was very excited by the materials and curriculum already being used, and felt that I could really contribute to the goals of the organization.
There are a great number of excellent and fulfilling experiences throughout my year of service, and it is difficult to narrow down! EPCAMR currently has scheduled new environmental education programs for 4th and 5th grades that will involve an outdoor field experience and class room activities to more than 200 students from under-served schools. I am currently in the coordinating process for our 15th Anniversary celebratory Dinner and Fundraising event, and planning an Art Auction of artworks utilizing iron oxide pigments reclaimed from abandoned mine drainage. I also got to shoot footage and be involved with the editing process of the AMD: An Epic Tale environmental education video on the origins and effects of AMD, as well as editing the companion information booklet. There are so many exciting projects as an OSM/VISTA, there just isn't enough time in the day! You can view the full video at: http://www.orangewaternetwork.org/index.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=86
Wren Dugan's accomplishments
I have developed better skills to assess and document my own work through monthly board reports and quarterly reporting for ACCT that really aids in calculating the value of one's contributions. Coming from a fine arts background outside of the coal region, and with only a few environmentally focused classes, I have greatly expanded my science background and knowledge of the coal industry, GIS, non-point source pollution, alternative energy initiatives, grant writing, etc.
Wren Dugan's next steps
I am currently researching non-profit management master's programs as well as educational curriculum development. I am interested in staying within the non-profit sector, and engaging children in creative endeavors using sustainable materials and practices.
Hometown: Meadville, Pennsylvania
School: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Major: BFA- Sculpture