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The John Hay Estate at The Fells is a historic site on Lake Sunapee overlooking Mount Sunapee, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy. It is the former lakeside summer home of American writer and diplomat, John Milton Hay, of whom it is named after. Hay’s son Clarence and his wife Alice Appleton transformed it into the elegant estate that stands on the property today with formal gardens and preserved woodlands.

As one of the Education Interns this summer at the John Hay Estate at The Fells, my main responsibility was to oversee and offer educational classes and tours. The development of historical and environmental educational programs was also a huge part of this internship. Assisting with educational programs, conducting nature walks and historic house tours, acting as a co-counselor for the summer children’s camps, and assisting with fundraising social events were also required. A final project was also undertaken and completed by the end of the internship.

I would moderately recommend this internship to another CC student as it is definitely an amazing opportunity for somebody who is looking for something that is interdisciplinary in the fields of museum education and ecology or at the intersection of the natural and social side of environmental science.


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