Youth Leadership group helps clean up Prescott Farm

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Youth Leadership students recently attended a leadership class at Prescott Farm, coordinated by Bob Ewell from the Lakes Region Rotary Club. Part of the day was spent doing some spring clean-up at the center.

Every year, for the past several years, this group consisting of 30 sophomores from five local schools including Belmont, Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Moultonborough has taken part in a leadership class at Prescott Farm, then helped with spring cleaning on April 16.

"We focus on helping kids improve their leadership skills. The goal is to boost their confidence to be future leaders," said Ewell. In the morning students gathered in the Center and listened to a brief presentation by Michael Seymour, COO of Meadowbrook and former Lakes Region Youth Leadership student. Afterward, the group learned more about leadership through games, presentations and eventually headed outside where they were able to get dirty.

While outside students helped with picking up debris along the trails, spread bark mulch and woodchips around the Center, taking down sugaring equipment and collecting trash along the road and Center driveway. "This group is a big help to us and we look forward to having them here every year," stated Kimberly Drouin, director of marketing at Prescott Farm.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The 160 acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens, and forested pond.

Prescott Farm is open year-round, seven days a week from 9-4 p.m. It is free to come and go for a hike or explore the "green" building.

For more information about Prescott Farm and/or volunteer opportunities please visit their website at