Conservation Journal: Amanda

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.

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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