Intern Journal-Connor

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 unpaid 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, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction. Learn more about the internship program here. Squam Conservation Interns also regularly write about their experiences in the Squam Watershed.

MAY 26, 2015


So far, I've spent about a week out at Squam Lakes, and I've loved every minute of it. This is actually my first time I've been in the New England area, and I'm seriously considering staying out here after the summer ends (no offense, Iowa). I arrived at Squam Lakes in the evening, and the first thing I noticed was the constant croaking of all the frogs in the area. The sound was almost deafening, but it's so awesome to experience at the same time. I also realized that I don't need an alarm clock, as the birds in the area will start calling at dawn, which is pretty convenient as I'm usually too lazy to set an alarm anyway. This also put in perspective how rich and variant the surrounding wildlife is, which is something I'll quite enjoy during my time out here. It's always a good sign when you want to spend most of your time experiencing the outdoors rather than bumming around inside. I love the lake environment, and I hope I can use as much time as possible to explore the area.  I've also been trying to take advantage of how close we are to the mountains, which is something I'm not used to. On Sunday, a group of us hiked Mt. Moosilauke, thoroughly exhausting us for this week, but it was an amazing and rewarding experience nonetheless. By the way things have started out, I can already tell that I'm going to remember this summer for the rest of my life.

Connor is from Iowa, and is studying biology at Saint John's University in Minnesota. Learn more about Connor here.

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