DIRECTOR, CONSERVATION COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Areas of Expertise:
Environmental Science and Policy
Wildlife Ecology and Management
As Director of Conservation Community Engagement at the National Aquarium (Baltimore), Curtis Bennett works collaboratively with community residents and stakeholders to develop relatable environmental programs and projects that meet the needs of people directly where they are, within their communities. One such project is the Urban Conservation & Education Summer Internship Program, designed to provide opportunities for Baltimore college students to experience environmental stewardship and expose them to career options in conservation. Similarly, his involvement in the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program’s Diversity Workgroup and the State of Maryland’s Project Green Classrooms helps introduce diverse audiences to career pathways in the environmental fields and helps ensure that students not only have opportunities for entry but for matriculation as well.
For a far back as he can remember, Curtis has loved nature and animals. Growing up, his goal was to become a veterinarian. But as he got older, Curtis learned about other opportunities in the environmental fields and discovered wildlife ecology while in college. He knew instantly that was where he needed to be. Curtis earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in environmental science and policy (specializing in wildlife ecology and management) at the University of Maryland, College Park, and his Master's of Science in wildlife conservation at the University of Delaware.