Meta Western NC Fellowships

Meta is once again generously supporting two fellowships in Western NC. Conserving Carolina and SAWS will serve as the mentor organization for the three-week summer internship. Details below.

Conserving Carolina is a non-profit, regional land trust with a mission to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of the natural world. We work with area landowners in Transylvania, Henderson, and Polk Counties (and the periphery of these counties) to protect the land, such as open space, farms, forests, and waterways. By protecting these places, we are protecting habitat for the plants and animals that are important to the natural heritage of western NC and we’re helping to keep the water in our region clean. Conserving Carolina staff will work with Fellows to provide training and skills development activities in addition to direct outdoor service to members of our AmeriCorps Summer of Service program. This program is designed to help build confidence, trust, teamwork, environmental and service-oriented ethics, and introduce participants to educational and career paths they may not have otherwise considered.

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is a conservation non-profit dedicated to providing stewardship to protected public lands in the Southern Appalachian region, including in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Kentucky. This fellowship will explore the world of Wilderness stewardship including the Wilderness Act of 1964, the benefits of time outside, and how to bring wilderness/nature education back to the classroom (and bring your classes outside). You’ll learn about the characteristics of wilderness under the Wilderness Act of 1964 and how it protects natural spaces for the next generation. We will spend some time outside connecting to your local park, trail, and/or wilderness areas – there’s no better way to learn about the benefits of nature than to get outside!