Hayden Lake ‘00
Hayden Lake ‘00 grew up in Grafton, Vermont, and attended TGS for 5th-8th grade. He always has loved being in the woods, and he now lives on land abutting the school’s property. Several of the trails (including the Ravine Trail and some mountain biking trails) enjoyed by the school community are on Hayden’s land.
My grandfather was a logger and forester, and from when I was very young I spent a lot of time in the woods with both him and my father. At The Grammar School, I continued to have many opportunities to be in the woods, both for classes and recreation. I attended the Putney School, with a semester at the National Outdoor Leadership School, but my main focus was in fine arts. From Putney I went on to the Museum School and at the Massachusetts College of Art, but after a couple of years in Boston, I realized that I really wanted to return to the woods to pursue a degree in forestry. I received my degree from the University of Vermont, which led to an internship with an established consulting forester (George Weir, P ‘07) and helped me develop my own client base.
As a student at TGS, I remember spending time both learning and playing in the woods, which I found to be equally important and related. I always appreciated how much the classroom expanded into the outdoors at TGS. In sixth grade I learned to identify tree species, and at Putney School I read The Forested Landscape by Tom Wessels, P ‘94 and Northern Woodlands Magazine, which were influential for my career.
I love my job. It’s a great combination of time spent outdoors, both on my own and interacting with clients, landowners, loggers, and other foresters. I often walk 8-10 miles a day, exploring areas of the local forests that few people get to experience.