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NLRA watershed stewards volunteer with Circle Program

September 24, 2020
GROTON — For anyone following the Newfound Lake Region Association's watershed steward journals (find them at newfoundlake.org), you may already be familiar with the work of these Americorps participants. From monitoring water quality, installing stormwater solutions, and maintaining local trails and conserved lands, these two have had a busy summer! Their most recent collaboration has been five days of volunteer work with Circle Program, which runs a camp for socially and economically disadvantaged girls living in New Hampshire.

Volunteer work with Circle Program centered around maintenance of their trails and camp access ways. Over the course of five days, the watershed stewards cleared, cleaned, and maintained paths and walking trails, the driveway, and other areas of the property.

Founded in 1993, the Circle Program combines the residential summer camp experience with year-round one-on-one mentoring. Drawing participants from thirty-two towns in the lakes region, Circle program is uniquely positioned as the only program of its kind serving girls in New Hampshire. Like many camps around the Lakes Region, though, the Circle Program held a virtual camp experience this year. Thanks to volunteers like the watershed stewards, the Circle Program's facilities on Spectacle Pond have been kept maintained until campers can again enjoy them in person.

Learn more about the watershed stewards and their collaborations with organizations and communities around the Newfound watershed at newfoundlake.org/watershed-stewards. The watershed stewards help the Newfound Lake Region Association fulfill their mission of protecting Newfound Lake and its watershed through education, programs and collaboration. You can support this work by becoming a member today.

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