There are so many ways to protect the Squam Lakes Watershed!
The Squam Lakes Association continues to protect the watershed with the help of our community of volunteers. As stewards of the lakes and land, volunteers play an integral role in advancing the Association's mission to conserve for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and resources of the watershed.
Do you want to protect the Squam Lakes Watershed for future generations to enjoy? Take action by joining one of our many volunteer programs below. Whether you want to help out on the lake or in the mountains, there is something for everyone!
Volunteer Opportunities with the SLA:
Trail Adopters- Help the SLA maintain its more than 50 miles of trails. Adopt a trail of your own, or assist a Trail Adopter for a morning or afternoon. By maintaining a well-cared-for trail network we reduce impacts to the surrounding environment and protect the entire Squam Lakes Watershed for future enjoyment.
Trail Work- Join the SLA for half a day or a day of trail work. Volunteers will clear drainages, blowdowns, and lop branches in the trail corridor. Check the SLA's calendar for the next trail work day.
Terrestrial Invasive Species- Join the SLA for a morning of removing invasive plants. Check the SLA's calendar for the next terrestrial invasive plant removal day.
Water Quality Monitors- The SLA's rich history of water quality data on Squam Lake is the result of decades of work by a dedicated group of volunteers. Be a part of this legacy and help us monitor the health of the lake by collecting a number of parameters at thirteen sites across the Squam Lakes.
Weed Watchers - Assist with ongoing efforts to identify and eliminate invasive species such variable milfoil from the lake. Once trained, volunteers can survey the Lakes on their own, helping to protect Squam from aquatic invasive species. Participants can Weed Watch while snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, or while on a motorboat.
Special Events- The SLA hosts special events year-round to engage the community in our conservation efforts and relies on volunteer support to make it all happen!
Resource Center - Join us for some social time and catch up with SLA staff and other volunteers while stuffing envelopes for our annual appeal and membership drives! During the summer, Resource Center volunteers can also help greet visitors and provide a welcoming presence to our Association.
Programs Support - Work with the education staff to prepare for seasonal youth programs, lead a hike or paddle, or help out in another way. Do you have a special skill or talent that you can share? If so, please let us know!