Alyssa J. of Harvard
Inspiring Recreation in the Nashua River Watershed

Growing up in a rural town and living next to conservation land, I have always had opportunities to experience the outdoors and loved all types of outdoor activities from walks in the woods to hiking and sports. 

For my Gold Award project, I knew I wanted to focus on the outdoors. The Nashua River Watershed Association, a local non-profit, was completely redoing their website, and wanted to add a “Recreation” section with information on different recreation opportunities in the watershed.  There are lots of great places to hike in the area, but they include private, town and state properties, as well as parks and federal land.  These diverse owners make it hard to find centralized information about options in each community.  By creating hiking pages that consolidated information for each town on one web page, I created a central place for people to go and easily find all the options for hiking in their town.  I also led a walk with a group of younger Girl Scouts on a National Wildlife Refuge in town.  As a web based project, the hiking pages will benefit not only the 400,000 people who live in the thirty- two communities in the watershed, but anyone who is planning to visit the area. 

Alyssa is a junior at the Bromfield School in Harvard.  She loves the outdoors and participates in varsity soccer and indoor and outdoor track.  She is also the stage manager for the Bromfield Drama Society and enjoys building sets and working backstage.  At school, she has been involved with student council, National Honor Society, and coach a youth track clinic.  Girl Scouts has been a part of her life since kindergarten and she has loved the process of earning the Bronze and Silver Awards with her troop.  Staying up late on camping trips, cooking, and hiking Mt. Washington are just a few of her favorite Girl Scout memories.