We are ecstatic to announce that EcoCorps Crew Leader Marlo Wilcox is a Corpsmember of the Year finalist! This esteemed award from The Corps Network recognizes young adults who have demonstrated leadership abilities, gone above and beyond, and leveraged their service experience. That’s Marlo in a nutshell!
Read Marlo’s EcoCorps story below. SEEDS teaches practical skills to restore our local ecosystems and create strong communities. Help us make more stories like Marlo’s possible with a gift today!
Below: Marlo removes baby’s breath from the fragile ecosystems at Elberta Beach with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.
“Every so often, I’ll reflect on how I’ve changed since working with SEEDS, and every single time I notice something new.” – Marlo Wilcox, EcoCorps Crew Leader
Marlo’s EcoCorps Story
Starting college in 2020 was not an easy experience. Marlo finished her freshman year feeling a desire to take action and get out in the world to explore her interests.
After joining the SEEDS team as an EcoCorps Assistant Crew Leader in 2021, Marlo’s hands-on skills, environmental knowledge, and leadership qualities led her to become a Crew Leader for the 2022 spring-summer season.
Marlo, who is a first generation college student, is studying astrobiology at Rice University. She has even had the opportunity to serve as a research assistant on the Mars Rover project! She recently spent a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, learning about polar biology.
Marlo is passionate about conservation and largely credits her experiences at SEEDS for increasing her self-confidence.
“I would definitely recommend EcoCorps. I was talking with another coworker about how especially for young girls how helpful it is, how empowering it is to do a job that is generally considered a man’s job. That’s been kind of a big thing for me, doing work that you generally don’t see young women doing, and that’s been really exciting. It’s a great experience!” – Marlo Wilcox, EcoCorps Crew Leader
Above: Marlo clears a hiking trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
“Marlo shared enthusiasm for the work on the toughest of days and communicated well with all of our site partners and the general public. She was an exemplary mentor to other EcoCorps staff, members and leaders, alike.” – Jennifer Flynn, EcoCorps Program Director
EcoCorps is a green-collar career exploration program that supports skill training, professional development, and leadership. Crew members gain valuable paid work experience while serving their local communities. Give today to deepen our local impact!