The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA’s conservation mission. This volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of activities. Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, help preserve loon populations on Squam, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction. Squam Conservation Interns also regularly write about their experiences in the Squam Watershed. Learn more about the internship program here.
June 6, 2017
The cold never bothered me anyway... and luckily, the rain doesn’t either.
This song lyric rings very true to the first few weeks out here on Squam Lake. It is not only relevant to the weather conditions, but this song has been played and sung around the house on more than one occasion. One night a few of the interns, myself included, sang a beautiful rendition of the entire Frozen soundtrack, in addition to the High School Musical soundtrack. Well, I guess I shouldn’t really say beautiful, as some of us, again, myself included don’t have the greatest voice ever. It’s not easy competing with Alice’s lovely voice. We should save both the singing and the cooking for her!
The cold and rain have not stopped us from getting any work done and definitely haven’t stopped us from having fun on days off either. On our day off this week, four of us climbed Mt. Morgan in the pouring rain. This was the beginning of our quest to become Squam Rangers. The Squam Ranger program here at SLA encourages you to get out and hike all 50 miles of trails surrounding the lake. Part of the work we will be doing this summer is focused on maintaining all of these trails. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into making sure all of the trails are marked, cleared and disturb as little vegetation as possible. Volunteers are also a huge part of maintaining the trails. I have only worked one day of trail maintenance this summer, but that alone has already given me a new appreciation for all the hard work that Brian and all the volunteers put in. Together our efforts allow the public to enjoy all the trails here on Squam. I am very much looking forward to not only working to maintain the trails, but also spending my off days hiking them for pleasure.
It has only been just over two weeks since we arrived here, but with how much we have learned it feels like months have gone by. The work is certainly not always easy, but it is all extremely rewarding!
Becca is from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2015 with a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Environmental Science. Click here to read her bio.