Madison Warfield, a senior at Winters Mill High School, received an award in the Student category for the Carroll County Environmental Advisory Council's 2014 Environmental Awareness Awards.
The purpose of the awards program is to promote awareness of the environment and acknowledge exemplary accomplishments in the protection, conservation, and improvement of our environmental resources. The Carroll County Commissioners adopted the Environmental Awareness Awards program to recognize individuals and groups that have demonstrated these qualities through their actions or projects. Awards are presented biennially for endeavors and projects that result in positive benefit to the environment and have the potential for long-term community environmental benefit.
Madison Warfield has dedicated her time to Bear Branch Nature Center as a Center Aide for over three years. She has participated in Project Clean Stream and assisted in many of the programs at Bear Branch. She also has volunteered as a camp counselor for Outdoor School and for winter and summer nature camps. In her senior year, she enjoyed an internship at Bear Branch and Outdoor School, where she was an active presenter in a classroom of sixth grade students. Overall, she has logged over 1,000 volunteer service hours dedicated to environmental efforts in the community.
Warfield is the President of Venturing Crew 202, a group of young adults dedicated to enjoying and preserving the outdoors and teaching and inspiring others to do the same. She was the lead youth for the Crew's Tree Planting and Environment Education Day at the Warfield Complex in Sykesville. She also participated in environmental projects on Assateague Island and attended the Natural Resources Careers Camp. She participated in a panel of experts at the Maryland Environmental Literacy Program at UMBC. She plans to attend Salisbury University to continue her pursuit of a career in environmental studies.