Conservation Journal: Maggie

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that 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 ensures 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. Click here to learn more about the LRCC program.

February 26, 2018


Winterfest was a huge success! After all our hard work preparing for the event it was so amazing to see how many people showed up to support the SLA. It's always a cool experience to see all your hard work pay off. The days leading up to the event were filled with clearing the ice ricks, shopping for supplies, picking out names for the trail mix cookie competition, building the bonfire, creating the mini golf course, and so much more.

Everyone at the SLA played a crucial role in making Winterfest go so well. Ben, Connor, and I took on the job creating the mini golf course. We had a lot of fun planning out the course and making each hole unique. With bridges and tunnels and finally a snowman to end the course, it was amazing how well it turned out. Meghan and Kyle started out the day being the grill masters making sure there was plenty of food to feed our guests. Erin, Becca, and Katri helped organize cars and make sure people knew where to park. I spent the early half of Winterfest taking footage for a video that Kyle and I will edit together to show winter activities at Squam. I also helped to make sure things were running smoothly, from helping chili servers, to heating water for hot chocolate, to helping the grill crew. This being my first Winterfest, I was expecting it to be a lot of people but I was pleasantly surprised with how many people actually showed up!

Although initially overwhelming seeing all of our guests show up all at once, the SLA staff was well equipped to take on any challenge the day brought and we were able to ensure that it went smoothly. The event was well planned out thanks to all the help from our wonderful staff and volunteers.

Helping the SLA with an event that further connects the community and this organization was inspiring. Working for the SLA who are dedicated to conservation efforts around the watershed and ensuring that the public continues to enjoy the natural beauty and resources of the Lake has been incredible. After participating in Winterfest it was amazing to see the support that we have from the community. I loved being a part of Winterfest and can't wait for future events at the SLA!

Maggie is from Swampscott, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Natural Resource Conservation. Click here to read Maggie's bio.

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