2018-2019 Winter/Spring LRCC Conservation Journal

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensure that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. 

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2018-2019 Winter/Spring LRCC-SLA Conservation Journals

January 11, 2019

Adel Barnes

Chaos. Pandemonium. Anarchy. These words fail to truly capture the absolute madness that ensues when 18 antsy elementary schoolers are released upon a snow-covered playground after a long day of school. Today I’m the lucky person who’s been tasked with getting them to focus on an activity for the next hour.

As part of the education aspect of our AmeriCorps program, each week one of us must plan a nature-related activity for the Holderness Central School’s ACE program. For my most recent program, I decided to teach the kids how to identify animal tracks. Although the topic’s already exciting—because 1.) it’s about animals, and 2.) It means they get to run around and find tracks in the snow—I wanted to create an interesting action/adventure context to help the kids really get into it. So here’s how the story went: “The world-renowned Holderness Zoo called to say that all of their animals have mysteriously disappeared during the night. In light of this catastrophe, they’re turning to the Holderness Central School’s elite group of 8-year-old private detectives to help them track down the lost animals and save the zoo!”

Now that the scene was set, all of the little detectives, each equipped with their Official Holderness Zoo Tracking Guides, were off to find the clues that my fellow AmeriCorps member John and I had hidden throughout the playground. Some were searching for snowshoe hare tracks under the swings, others were scanning for black bear trails from atop the slide, and we even had a group looking for Captain America (aka human) prints around the jungle gym. While walking around to help the sleuths, I was surprised to discover that quite of few of them already had practice in identifying tracks, and if they didn’t, their sheer enthusiasm made up for any lack of experience. Needless to say, the zoo was in safe hands.

With some time remaining at the end of the tracking activity, we also played a quick game of animal-themed Simon Says. Let me just say that if you ever want to witness the apex of human concentration, tell a group of elementary school kids that they’ll get a prize for winning Simon Says. After my inevitable surrender (I think only four of them were ever actually eliminated), each of them got to take home their tracking guides as a prize. Although it may seem like a small thing, I hope that activities like the ones we did today will inspire them to retain their enthusiasm for the natural world throughout the rest of their lives.

Adel is originally from Seattle, Washington and graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in biology.  You can read more about Adel here

January 4, 2019

Cole Beale

Being in New Hampshire has provided me with opportunities to see and do things I have never been able to before. The work that we have done so far has been both fulfilling and extremely enjoyable. Trail work days and guided hikes have easily become my favorite serving days. Trekking up the snowy mountainsides have proven to be great work outs and great opportunities to take photos. The scenery and views from the summits and hikes are like nothing I have ever seen and resemble photos in documentaries and those seen online. It truly is an amazing place and I am so grateful to be here. Sometimes I have to take a step back and appreciate how lucky I am to be here with amazing people and doing such enjoyable work every day.

We just go done with a break for Christmas. While I was home I was telling stories about what I had been doing, sharing my experiences, and showing photographs of the area. The overwhelming favorite pictures were those of Squam Lake from the summits of mountains. The others that were enjoyed the most were of the ice and myself skating on it. I had never skated on such a large body of water before. I grew up playing hockey in Buffalo, New York, all the skating that we did had been in town rinks and on small backyard rinks we had made. Skating on something as large as the bodies of water in the area had been something I had wanted to do my whole life but just never had the opportunity to. Once I saw people on the ice I jumped at the chance and was out all day for the whole weekend. It was amazing, like nothing I had ever experienced. I could not believe how smooth the ice was, it was perfect. It was better than skating on the rinks we played at growing up because it had naturally occurred. Hearing the sounds from the ice and seeing almost a never ending area to skate it something I will never forget.

These first two months have flown by and I could not believe it was already Christmas time. I was looking forward to going home for a little bit and seeing family, but in a blink Christmas break has come and gone and just like that it is time to get back. It was very nice being home and spending time with family and friends, but I am looking forward to getting back to the mountains and lake. While I am hoping that these next months don’t go as fast as the previous two, I am very much looking forward to everything that is to come and the changes that will happen over the next months.

Cole is from Buffalo, New York. He recently graduated from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. where he received a bachelors in business administration. Read more about Cole here.

December 21, 2018

Sydney Kahl

Even though winter technically doesn’t begin until December 21st, winter has definitely arrived in the mountains. I grew up in the area, yet winter often seems to catch me by surprise, especially this year with the early snowfall and below freezing temperatures. It takes a little getting used to the cold every year, and making sure I have proper layering for being outside all day. I remind myself not to forget toe warmers, or that I should put my water bottle upside-down in my backpack so the lid doesn’t freeze shut. I forget that I can’t move quite as fast when trudging through freshly fallen fluff, compared to bare rocky trails. But, soon, I remember the many added advantages, and fun challenges while hiking in the winter. For example, when I run down a trail it turns to sliding or “controlled falling”, which is how the other AmeriCorps members and I have started referring to hiking in the deep snow during our trail work days. We slide, laugh, and slowly fall into the fresh powder after a slightly ambitious step, or even jump. We know we might not land on two feet, but it doesn’t matter because a soft blanket of snow will catch us. Some snow sometimes still manages to get between what I thought was a perfected layering technique and touch my skin. It somehow can be oddly refreshing, slightly painful, and funny all at the same time, especially for those observing, so it’s worth it anyways. After many days of winter trail work, and lopping tree limbs that immediately cover us in the snow that was once perfectly balanced on their branches, we are all used to unexpectedly being covered in snow.

One of the best things about winter hiking is that many people don’t know these exciting secrets that I’ve just shared, so they don’t even head out for a hike. This means we often have the winter trails to ourselves, which in the warmer months may be crowded. Often, our only companions on the trial are the animals that haven’t migrated or hibernated for the winter. At least we can tell they’ve been on the trails from their tracks. It’s always fun trying to identify the animal, from moose and deer to squirrels, birds, and rabbits. They also often follow the trails that have yet to be broken, as if they are looking for a nice summit view of Squam Lake as well.

For some of my fellow AmeriCorps members who have never experienced winter hiking, or even snow, until arriving in New Hampshire for the first time to join the Lakes Region Core, they are discovering these wonders of winter trails for the first time. Their newly found excitement for winter gives me a fresh perspective and appreciation for the place I grew up.

Syd graduated from St. Lawrence University in May 2018 with an Environmental Studies degree.  You can read more about her in her bio.

December 14, 2018

John Plummer

Every once in a while when I make my way into nature I have an intimate and powerful experience if I allow myself to pay attention and listen. I've traveled to a lot of different places and found this to be possible, but on Monday morning, all I had to do was walk across the street to White Oak Pond and lace up my skates just before the sun burst above the horizon. As we have all noticed, the air has gotten cold especially quick this year, which lends itself well to creating conditions for donning metal-edged vehicles with which to travel across all varieties of frozen water. I am typically inclined to let myself glide down our glorious mountains this time of year, but I am now finding myself in close proximity to multiple large frozen bodies of water as well, which are proving to be a pull from which I cannot divert my attention.

The place where the ice meets the land is ugly. Like a cracked and oozing wound, it is easy to see the turmoil of freezing and thawing that happens as the ice moves in and out and busts up toward the sky. There are leaves and sticks and dirt smashed into the jumble of ice, and one always feels awkward stumbling over that mess as you make your way out into the open. Once you are out there, though, oh that sweet open space is like a field of glass upon which you can drift for eternity.

Having lived in New Hampshire my whole life, I know how precious a frozen pond can be. With snow, ice and changing temperatures, a natural skating rink is typically a treasured but fleeting hallmark of our community. On Monday morning though, after the gift of a biting cold week without precipitation, we found crystal clear and smooth ice before even the passing of the winter solstice. I was gliding out into the middle of the pond just as the sun was rising, finding myself engulfed in the warm glow of pink and orange light. The air was still and crisp and all I could hear were the deep pangs of movement in the ice echoing through the water beneath my feet.

John graduated from  the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a business degree and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.  Read more about John in his bio.

December 7, 2018

Kim Appleby

The past month has been full of snowy hikes, icy trail work days, and winter excitement!

On my first full trail work day of the season, Adel, Sydney, Alex and I headed to the Doublehead Trail so that we could hike to the last part of the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail that needed to be worked on. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I was looking forward to a full day on the trails. With only a few inches of snow on the ground, we decided to leave the snowshoes and head up the trail. I recently hiked this trail in October, but just a few weeks later it was already remarkably different. I was amazed and in awe over the transitioning forest we hiked upon; snow on the ground, streams starting to freeze, and trees without leaves that allowed for views that were not visible during the summer months. The wintery conditions also posed new challenges as we hiked up the steeper parts and I struggled to get up the packed snow. Once we made it to the top, we took in the views before venturing across the ridge. What we expected to be the easier part of our hike quickly turned into trekking through several inches of unpacked snow. At times the depths extend to my knees! “This is so fun!” was not what I was expecting to hear from any of my fellow crew members, but it was said. No sarcasm either. And Adel was right. While difficult, this new experience was fun. We were surrounded by beautiful blankets of snow, in the middle of the woods, trudging through snow! After a few more challenging spots, we finally made it to the spot that needed to be worked on. We spent the next couple of hours clearing the trail before having to head back down. I think we all learned that we should bring the snowshoes, and I began to learn the challenges and joys of winter hiking.

Another one of our recent trail work days involved going to Cotton Mountain trail to clear bent trees and blowdowns. Despite this trail being cleared a week before, we headed to the trail to respond to the damage that was reported after our most recent winter storm. We did not expect most of the beginning of the trail to be completely impassable. Luckily, we had the help of three amazing volunteers that day. We were able to remove the ice from bent trees, lop branches, and remove fallen trees, all in a matter of a couple of hours. We even had time to make it to the top to enjoy the views of the lake. It is always very exciting and rewarding when a lot of work needs to be done and you are able to walk back down a cleared trail. Thank you again to our volunteers!

I was not expecting my November to be an introduction to a New England winter. I guess the unexpected is all a part of the experience, so I am told. So, as the temperature continues to drop, the lake continues to freeze, and season spirit grows, I am looking forward to more challenges and exciting moments in the next month and the coming New Year!

Kim is originally from Deland, Florida and graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies.  To read more about Kim, visit her bio here.

November 30, 2018

Stevie Raymond

CRUNCH. The wintery mix of snow and ice gives way from the impact. Shards of frozen water particles rub against each other creating a hoarse sound. A man painfully groans. Birds happily chirp. Suddenly, the ground turns to brown as a liquid oozes over the area. The scent of hazelnut fills the air. A closer look reveals a solo man, who looks like he just rolled out of bed, laying on the ground with a spilt coffee mug by his side. He aimlessly stares up at the sky with a certain expression on his face. Mad? No, but clearly annoyed.

“Winter, we meet again.”

Yep. That’s me. Stevie Raymond. AKA the man who winter has a personal vendetta against. Why? Probably because I complain about the snow ALL the time having lived in New England my entire life. And yet, here I am serving in the Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) for a winter program. We’re about a month in and so far I’ve remained a trooper about the snow. I’m not quite sure why, but learning how to plow in our truck has been one of my favorite moments. There’s something oddly satisfying about clearing an area once filled with snow. I’ve also never felt more like a New Englander than plowing in a storm, cup of coffee in hand with the windows down and oldies playing on the radio. Country roads take me home!

I’ve also grown very fond of my fellow AmeriCorps members since our start date of November 1st. My favorite memory has been our night out in Plymouth, NH during the very first snowfall. Adel and Kim have never experienced a New England winter before and were ecstatic to see flurries trickling down from the heavens. I keep telling them to wait until a Nor’easter comes our way, but their spirits never fade. Seeing their jubilant faces made me realize how lucky I am to live in an area that experiences all four seasons. Our landscape is an awe-inspiring beauty, an ever-giving gift that is further complimented by the annual snowfall which enhances the wonder. It’s through them, and many others alike, a new hope rises in re-learning the beauty of New England and how I should appreciate the natural world which surrounds me.

Now in the meantime, it’s time to force myself upright and get another cup of coffee.

Stevie grew up in Claremont, NH and recently received his BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.  You can read more about Stevie in his bio.

November 21, 2018

Amanda Carron

I never realized a porcupine could be so cute.

I looked around the room, the goofiest smile on my face I am sure, as I tried to contain my excitement over the large rodent. This mock-presentation on porcupines by our instructor Audrey from the Squam Lake Natural Science Center (SLNSC) was one of many great instructional activities during our crash-course training on the art of interpretation. Having a background in environmental education myself, I was excited to get a glimpse into the world of interpreters. Our main takeaway from the day of training was how to successfully set up programs that create space for participants to learn, explore, understand, and care! I know my fellow AmeriCorps members and I are excited to apply what we have learned to the many educational programs we facilitate. For example, my upcoming Adventure Ecology program that I have been preparing on glaciers and the Squam Watershed is coming together quite smoothly after such an enlightening and thoughtful day of training with SLNSC: thank you Audrey!

Alongside our interpretation training, we also were trained on how to use the snow plow! I do not think any of us expected to be trained-in on this skill so quickly, but winter decided to come early this year in New Hampshire. Since I am from Western Massachusetts, snow is nothing new to me, but this industrial form of snow removal is definitely new to me. I am eager to develop this skill, and I am also excited to share in the joy and magic of snow with my fellow AmeriCorps members who have not experienced a true, snowy winter before. I even woke up to a snowman smiling back at me this morning outside our window, a wonderful sign that winter is here!

As we approach the end of November, we also approach the end of our training days. December is looking like a myriad of trailwork, snow removal, educational programs, guided hikes, and campus upkeep. I am grateful for the variety in service work, and I look forward to hitting the slopes and the trails with my fellow AmeriCorps members as the snow continues to fall. And so, here’s to a long and hearty winter of hygge: coziness, togetherness, embracing, enjoying, and thriving in winter.

Amanda is originally from Western Massachusetts and recently received her MS from the University of Idaho.  You can learn more about Amanda by reading her bio here.   

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November 15, 2018

Alex Reiber

Considering how much we’ve done so far, it’s wild to think that we’ve only been here for two weeks. I feel as though I’ve been here for a month, and I mean that in the best way possible. As I’m starting to get a better feel for the way things work around here and who my housemates and the senior staff at SLA are, I’m more excited than ever. It’s just now starting to settle in that I’ll be calling this beautiful place home for the next ten months. 

This past weekend my fellow AmeriCorps members Cole, Adel, and I ventured out to the SOLO facility in Conway, NH for Wilderness First Aid training. We were also there with AmeriCorps members Haley and Victoria from Green Mountain Conservation Group. The facility was super cool and had a lot of character to it. I think I would live there if I could. There was tons of wooden architecture, a totem pole that reached up to the third floor, and sun faded pictures of previous students (many of which had moustaches). The instructors for the course were great too. They were knowledgeable and kept everyone laughing. For every bit of information that was thrown at us, there was a joke or a story to go along with it. We learned a lot of valuable skills to assess and address injuries in the backcountry, everything from making an impromptu leg splint out of trekking poles to caring for someone with a spinal injury. Although I will admit that some of the hands-on activities were a bit awkward at times (like checking for a pulse on a stranger’s bare feet or pulling on someone’s jaw to open up their airways), it was a really interesting course and I feel like I gained a lot from it.

Because our duties here at SLA are so diverse, we’ve had a slew of trainings in the past couple of weeks to get us oriented. Just to name a few, we’ve covered using the log splitter, water quality training, interpretive training at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and trail maintenance. During our trail maintenance training we learned about different tools that are used, such as mattocks, McLeods, and fire rakes. There’s no better way to learn something than through hands on experience, so following Katri’s presentation we loaded up the truck and headed over to the Morgan trail. Although I have some experience maintaining trails at my family’s cabin in northern Michigan, using many of these tools was a first for me. It was a long day, but there’s a sense of satisfaction that comes from looking at a freshly cleared water bar or seeing a trail that’s pooled up with water being drained.  We had a few hikers come through while we were working and thank us too, which was also gratifying.

Earlier this week it seemed as though mother nature couldn't quite make up her mind, but it looks like we’ve finally made the transition into winter. We recently acquired a TV here at our AmeriCorps housing, and with the cold settling in we have an ever-growing list of movies to watch. I think we’re currently up to 31. At the rate we’ve been adding them compared to actually watching them, I’m not sure we’ll ever finish them all, but I’m definitely looking forward to taking a stab at it.  

(Alex is originally from St. Clair Shores, Michigan.  He recently graduated from Wayne State University and you can read more about Alex here)

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November 9, 2018

Adel Barnes

It’s officially been an entire week since the SLA first welcomed the eight of us to campus as the new LRCC Winter/Spring team! For a few of us, including myself, it’s our very first time in the state of New Hampshire, let alone on Squam Lake. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about moving across the country to a place I’d never been before, but the area is jaw-droppingly beautiful, my fellow AmeriCorps volunteers are already some of the coolest people I’ve met, and this next year promises to be full of some serious self-development (not without a good dose of fun). What more could I want?

As for this first week, after a few preliminary necessities such as introductions, orientation to the SLA LRCC program, and the creation of a chore chart—a SLA team memberscrucial tool when eight people in their mid-20’s are all sharing a small kitchen—we launched right into a packed schedule of trainings and work around campus. On one of these days, a group of us assisted with escorting a few Plymouth State University students and their professor, Dr. Lisa Doner, out on the lake to collect samples for their limnology research. If someone were to ask me to describe what it’s like being out on a boat on Squam Lake in early November, “warm” probably isn’t the first adjective that would come to mind. Despite the chill, it was exciting to be able to both get out on the lake and to hear more about the research being conducted at the local university. Once we arrived at the spot marked on Dr. Doner’s GPS, we dropped anchor as she took out some type of radio transmitter and quickly punched in a few codes. Unsure of what to expect, but told to keep our eyes peeled, the rest of us scanned the water as the transmitter beeped once, twice… and there it was! A yellow buoy had abruptly ascended from the bottom of the lake and was now floating a few yards away from our boat. As Dr. Doner and her students hauled the buoy out of the water, she indicated specific portions of the contraption that were responsible for recording temperature, collecting sediment, and accumulating algae and phytoplankton samples. Hopefully, when she returns to collect data again in the Spring, we’ll be able to hear more about what they’ve discovered.    

 An additional highlight of this week was a delicious potluck hosted by the Green Mountain Conservation Group (another awesome conservation non-profit—they work on the Ossipee Watershed in Carrol County). Like SLA, GMCG just welcomed their AmeriCorps volunteers for the upcoming season and, since we’ll be working with them throughout the year, the potluck was an opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate the start of our program. As well as becoming more familiar with GMCG’s mission and the people who work there, this was the first time all of us AmeriCorps volunteers were able to sit down and get to know each other over a meal.

 Now, as we enter our second week at SLA, the last two days have been deceptively nice—sunny, clear, and the temperature lingering around a warm 55°F. With days like these, it’s hard to believe that it gets cold enough around here to freeze a body of water as large as Squam Lake. Everyone keeps telling me that it’s going to happen though, so either they’re all pulling my leg or I’m going to need to find a warmer pair of socks.  

Adel is originally from Seattle, Washington and graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in biology.  You can read more about Adel here

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2018-2019 Winter/Spring LRCC-SLA Bios

Adel

Hi! My name is Adel Barnes and I’m originally from Seattle, Washington. In 2017, I graduated from the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon, not Maine—but I’m excited to visit this other Portland I keep hearing about) where I received a B.S. in biology with a focus on microbiology, as well as minors in English and philosophy. This summer I completed my first year of AmeriCorps service with the college-access nonprofit, College Possible, and I’m ecstatic to be joining the LRCC-SLA team for my second year. I anticipate that this will be a year full of adventures and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to give back to our environment. In my free time, you’ll probably catch me reading science fiction, heading to the coast for some tide pooling, trying to find someone to play volleyball with, and/or listening to Queen.


Alex

Hello! My name is Alex Reiber and I'm from St. Clair Shores, Michigan. I am a recent graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit where I studied Environmental Science and minored in Geology. I am a huge fan of the outdoors and in my free time enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, and kayaking. As a child, I spent a lot of time in northern Michigan which helped me to develop a strong connection with the natural world. This connection and the sense of peace I find from being outside are what drive me to pursue a career in conservation. I am super excited about serving with the LRCC program, gaining hands-on experience with conservation and outreach, and exploring the Squam Lakes region for the first time!

 


Amanda

Hello, my name is Amanda, and I am from Western Massachusetts! I first fell in love with teaching environmental science to children outdoors when I worked at a rustic summer camp in Western Mass during my undergraduate years at Westfield State University where I got a B.S. in Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies, concentration in Wilderness Leadership, and a minor in Environmental Science. Those experiences set me on a path of self-discovery that included stops in Cape Cod as an AmeriCorps member, and in Washington along the Puget Sound as an outdoor and environmental education instructor. I graduated in 2017 with my Master’s degree in Natural Resources with a certificate in Environmental Education from the University of Idaho, and I have recently found myself back on Cape Cod teaching outdoor and environmental education. I am very excited to broaden my conservation horizons while in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire! Interests include hiking, canoeing, photosynthesizing in the sunshine, reading, snowboarding, playing the uke, sending postcards, and swimming laps. 

 

Cole

My name is Cole and I am from Buffalo, New York. I recently graduated from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. I received a bachelors in business administration. I have a very strong interest in environmental and conservation science. I hope to pursue a masters in environmental science in the future. I love the outdoors, especially being around a body of water. I grew up on a boat, visiting the Adirondacks as well as many beaches in Florida. I grew up playing soccer and hockey. I was lucky enough to get play soccer throughout my four years of undergrad. In my free time I love to listen to music, play guitar, play pond hockey, fish, snowboard, ski and skate. I am extremely excited to serve with the Squam Lakes Association and I feel it is a great opportunity for me to combine my love for the outdoors and passions together!

 

John

I grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a business degree. For a few years I stayed in my area of study, working as a technology project manager for a large insurance company. After not much time in this setting I knew I needed to seek out a more exciting and personal experience, so I left my cubicle to head back to my roots and head out to the woods. In 2015, I hiked Vermont's Long Trail and in 2017 I hiked the Appalachian Trail. Through these experiences I realized from then on I wanted to work for the land. Last year I worked as a solo backcountry caretaker for the Green Mountain Club. I love hiking, backpacking, skiing and drawing.

 

Kim

Hi, my name is Kimberly Appleby and I am originally from Deland, Florida. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. I have always enjoyed being outdoors and love wildlife. This has led me to pursue a career in conservation. My undergraduate studies have further guided my interests towards studying ecology to minimize human impact to natural ecosystems. I also enjoy kayaking, hiking, photography, and being around animals. After an amazing summer of serving at the SLA, I am excited to return for the winter term and experience Squam during the winter months!

 

Stevie

My name is Stevie Raymond and I am from Claremont, New Hampshire. I attended the University of Vermont where I majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Wildlife Biology. My dream job would be to work some place tropical as a scuba diver managing invasive species populations. I've been with the Squam Lakes Association for the last three summers working as a conservation intern in 2016 and a recreation assistant in both 2017 and 2018. I have grown very fond of the SLA organization, landscape, and people during my time on the lake. Experiencing Squam in the winter will be a first for me, but I'm looking forward to new challenges. If you're wondering what I like to do in my spare time, you're not the only one. I enjoy watching movies, anything Star Wars or Christopher Nolan, as well as attempting to write my own films. Other than that, I dabble in standup comedy and improv.

 

Sydney

My name is Sydney Kahl, and I am from Plymouth, New Hampshire. I graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York in May 2018 with an Environmental Studies degree, and minors in Creative Writing and Outdoor Studies. After graduating I spent the summer working for the Utah Department of Natural Resources as an Aquatic Invasive Species technician on Lake Powell, and then came back east to work at Lakes of the Clouds hut on Mt. Washington for the Appalachian Mountain Club this fall. I spent the summer of 2015 working for Squam Lakes Association as a Squam Conservation Intern, and I am very excited to be back as a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member for the winter!