Share Learn Adventure

Share Learn Adventure

A collection of videos, photos, activities, games, and prompts that inspire people to engage with, learn about, and explore a variety of nature topics. A place to connect and share ideas! The SLA adds content to this webpage frequently so bookmark it and check back often. Want to stay up-to-date on Share Learn Adventure activities? Subscribe to our digital newsletter here! 

We want to hear from you! Share your photos, questions, ideas, and inspirations with us through Facebook, Instagram, or email. Use the tag #ShareLearnAdventure

Click here to view the Squam Watershed Wonders Series.

Click here to view the Junior Squam Lakes Association Virtual Campfire Lessons.

FUN Activities to do while HIKING!

  • Celebrate the return of the birds this spring by sharpening your bird-watching and identification skills
  • Keep a log of the different animal tracks you see on your hike
  • Hone your nature photography skills. Take some good pictures? Share them with us!
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt
  • Start a nature journal! Find a scenic spot and get your creativity flowing with the following prompts: "I wonder...", "I notice...", or "This reminds me of..."

Start your own Duck, Duck, Goose count!

Lakes Region Conservation Corps member, Grace, walks us through the SLA's Duck, Duck, Goose count. Join us by counting the waterfowl in your own backyard or nearby ponds!

Click here to watch the video.

Share your duck counts or a video/picture of you taking a count with us!

 

Hemlock Holmes: Become an Evergreen Detective!

Try to identify some of the trees you admire around your property or on your favorite woods walk. Show off your detective skills by posting a photo of your detective crew and a tree with your ID to Facebook or Instagram with the tag #ShareLearnAdventure and you may be featured on our social media! Inspire others to get outside and get to know their tree neighbors a little bit better!

Click here for your tree sleuthing guide

     Make Your Own Origami Moose!

    Lakes Region Conservation Corps member, Nick, demonstrates the step-by-step instructions to create your own paper moose! All you need is a square piece of paper. 

    Click here to watch the video.

    Click here for printed instructions.

    Share a picture of your moose on Facebook or Instragram with the tag #ShareLearnAdventure​!

     

    What is a Watershed? 

    Do you live in a watershed? Trick question: everyone lives in a watershed!

    Join the SLA’s LRCC member Dani to learn more about watersheds and why they're important. Besides providing key habitat for wildlife and recreation opportunities for people, watersheds are extremely important for water quality. It’s important to protect them! Each watershed is connected to another in some way, as each one funnels water to the next until they ultimately reach the ocean.

    Watersheds aren’t just important for the river or lake they feed in to: they can also impact the health of the ocean! Are you interested in learning more about the marine side of things? Ocean Exploration Trust’s Education Resources offers free access to a series of STEM Learning Modules about marine science. You can click here to register, it’s free! 

    Click here to watch the video

    Share one action that you can take to protect your watershed by using the tag #ShareLearnAdventure on Facebook or Instagram!

    Intro to Birdwatching With Moses!

    There are countless different bird species that migrate here each year, and while a lot of birds call Squam Lakes their home, their numbers dwindle year to year. It is important to take a second, slow down, and figure out which ones share this world with us. 

    Click here to watch the video.

    This video is meant to make you laugh and hopefully get you inspired to go birding! There are so many things to learn, and maybe you too could make a video about your birding experience. We’d love to see it! Use the hashtag #ShareLearnAdventure to show us your in-home activities or outings. And don’t forget to have a Squamtastic time! View Moses' nature journal and more birding resources here. 

    Treemendous Tree Essay Contest!

    Get outside, get to know a tree, and get creative! For a chance to have your work featured on our website and social media, enter your essay in the SLA Treemendous Tree Essay Contest. 

    Hear more about this essay contest from LRCC Maggy

    The deadline for submitting your essay is April 15th. All ages are welcome to participate! 

    Find details, resources, prompts, and helpful tips for writing your essay here. 

    Submit your essay by emailing a copy to info@squamlakes.org. Share photos of yourself while researching and/or writing by using the tag #ShareLearnAdventure on Facebook or Instagram.  

    Design Your Own Nature Art Nouveau Masterpiece!

    Art Nouveau is a nature-inspired art style that became popular around the turn of the 20th century. Based on symmetry and repeating patterns, this is beautiful style that's easy to recreate in your own designs!

    Click here for an introduction to and examples of Art Nouveau.

    Follow Micaela's step-by-step instructions in this video to create your own designs

    Share your Art Nouveau designs by using the tag #ShareLearnAdventure on Facebook or Instagram, or by sending pictures to info@squamlakes.org

    Bittersweet Basket Weaving! 

    This edition of Share Learn Adventure deals with one of New Hampshire's notorious invasive plants and how you can use it for good!

    The Squam Lakes Association spends a great deal of time and effort improving the natural beauty and overall health of the watershed by removing invasive plants from our waters and forests, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun while we’re at it!

    Read this introduction before you start! 

    Click here to watch Elijah's video

    Remember to share your basket by using the tag #ShareLearnAdventure! 

    How Was Squam Lake Formed? 

    Have you ever wondered how the Squam Lakes came to be? Have they always been here? Looking out across the lake from West Rattlesnake feels a little different once you understand the incredible natural forces that contributed to the creation of this landscape.

    Click here to join LRCC member Grace to learn about glacial lake formation and complete an activity that will help you visualize glacial movement!

    Here are written instructions for the playdough glacier activity along with extra resources from Montana State University Everest Education Expedition.

    Share a photo of you hiking and contemplating glacial activity OR a photo of your playdough landscape affected by glaciers and tag the SLA using the hashtag #ShareLearnAdventure!

    Leaf Printing: Add Natural Flair to your Clothes! 

    Leaf printing is a great, easy way to spruce up your wardrobe, curtains, and tablecloths! Click here to watch the video for a tutorial. Remember to let your projects dry for at least 15-30 minutes before moving them into a laundry bag.  Wash on the fabric’s normal cycle, and viola! 

    Click here for more detailed written instructions

    Remember to share your prints by using the tag #ShareLearnAdventure! 

    What Can Bark Tell You About a Tree's Health & History?

    It’s spring, the lake is open, and the bugs aren’t out yet! What better time to get out and start reconnecting with the natural world as creatures great and small wind up for the explosion of energy these longer days bring. As you paddle or hike, take some time to slow down and pay attention to the routine, annual, and totally epic stories of the outdoors as they unfold around you.

    Explore a tree’s bark and notice the lichen, moss, and/or fungus who might call it home. While doing trail work on the Crawford Ridgepole Trail last week we took a second to slow down and examine a beech tree. What we found was pretty cool – check it out by watching this video!

    Learn more about Beech Bark Disease here

    Share a photo of you exploring the bark in your backyard with the tag #ShareLearnAdventure on Facebook or Instagram, or by sending pictures to info@squamlakes.org

    Freshwater Macroinvertebrates: Discover Who Lives in Your Lakes and Streams!

    Here at the Squam Lakes Association, we closely monitor the water quality of our lakes and streams. One of the best ways to determine the health of a stream is to look at the invertebrates that live in it.

    Join LRCC members Nick and Moses as they demonstrate how to find animals in streams, so that you too can look for the cool critters that crawl underwater! Watch the video here.

    Materials:

    • Rubber Boots or Waders
    • A Fine-mesh Net
    • Tweezers/Forceps
    • A macroinvertebrate guide (see links below) 

    Click here for a Macroinvertebrate Assessment Guide created by Stroud Water Research Center.

    Click here for a Key to Macroinvertebrates created by the University of Wisconsin.

    Be sure to share pictures of any critters you find and use the hashtag #ShareLearnAdventure!

    Leaf-Out Timelapse & Phenology!

    One of the most magical natural processes is almost upon us: leaf-out! Soon the hills will be bright green thanks to all the new baby leaves emerging from their buds. The study of the timing of annual natural phenomena, like leaf-out, is called ‘phenology.’ This year, start to look a little closer at the leaves around you!

    Find a tree near your house and take a picture of the bud every day. Soon you will have a timelapse documenting the amazing transformation from bud to leaf. Watch this video to learn a little bit more about phenology, why it’s important, and see a few examples of leaf-out (and flower-out) timelapses.

    Here is a document with more information about leaf-out from the National Phenology Network

    The NPN is a group that collaborates with scientists, organizations, and citizen scientists to collect data that documents phenological change across the country. This data informs us how ecosystems might be affected due to warming temperatures and earlier leaf-out. Check out the NPN homepage for great animations tracking the onset of spring plus a plethora of other information.

    Share your timelapse with the SLA crew on social media using the hashtag #ShareLearnAdventure!

    Take a Virtual Paddle Tour of the SLA's Cove! 

    Join us for a relaxing paddle through the Squam Lakes Association's cove as you de-stress with the natural sounds of our lake. Watch the video here. 

    Share ways you de-stress in nature by posting on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #ShareLearnAdventure.

    Make a Cloud in a Jar!

    Ever wonder where the sun goes during these spring days? What’s up with clouds anyway? Today on #ShareLearnAdventure, we demonstrate how clouds form. This is a great activity to help visualize how air temperatures affect more than just how warm or cold it is outside. Watch the video here! 

    Make your own cloud in a jar and send us a video or a reaction to it! Remember to tag it with #ShareLearnAdventure

    Materials: Jar, metal covering (this can be a lid or a pie tin or whatever you can find), ice, boiling water, and hair spray.

    Step 1: Pour boiling water into the jar

    Step 2: Cover jar with lid

    Step 3: Add ice to jar and wait 10-15 seconds

    Step 4: Remove lid and add one spritz of hair spray. Replace lid immediately

    Step 5: Wait 20 seconds, remove the lid, and watch your cloud float out of the jar!

    Build a Bug Hotel! 

    Ever wanted to channel your inner concierge?  Spring is the perfect time to introduce a bug hotel into your yard!  Providing habitats for insects is a foolproof way to keep your yard and garden healthy and lively.  Check out the video here to see how it's done and be sure to take a look at the resources we've posted: 

    Bug hotels: Resource 1Resource 2 

    Insect ID: Bugs in NHGallery and Guide, Farm and Garden Helpers

    Share pictures of your bug hotel and your first hotel guests using the tag #ShareLearnAdventure

    Nature Books & Bookmarks!

    Are you a book lover? How about a nature lover? Let’s combine these two passions! Check out LRCC member Grace's video to learn about our new SLA community environmental book list and to discover how to make your very own nature bookmark. Grace has created a Google spreadsheet (link below) with some of her favorite environmental books, and she hopes all of you will add some of your own favorites to the list. And you’ll definitely need some bookmarks to go with all of your new reading material, so why not make one using flowers and leaves?! Written instructions for creating your own nature bookmark can be found here. 

    If you are interested in an SLA-run environmental book club, email Grace at gcallahan@squamlakes.org

    Click here to access the SLA community booklist!

    If you care about keeping local bookstores open and if you have the means, call your bookstore to see if they are taking orders for curbside pickup or delivery! Here are links to Bayswater Books in Center Harbor and Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith

    Share your bookmarks with us on social media using #ShareLearnAdventure! 

    Duck, Duck, GOOSE Count - Part 2!

    Check in on the waterfowl in the cove! An assortment of ducks and geese are busy chowing down on aquatic plants, invertebrates, and mollusks to fuel their migrations further north, scrapping over territories, or just trying to find a nice quiet place for a nest. Today on #ShareLearnAdventure we look back on the last month of waterfowl sightings. What waterfowl have you seen so far this spring? Watch the video here! 

    More birdwatching resources here.

    Read about the impacts of feeding birds here and when (if ever) it's okay to feed them here

    See (and hear) a Sunset on Squam!

    Take a moment to relax with a virtual sunset on Squam! Watch the video here.

    In case you missed it, here is a video of the beautiful sunset we had over Piper Cove on Saturday (4/25). Dusk is the perfect time to listen to the wildlife singing. What kinds of creatures can you hear in the background? WARNING: you might want to turn your volume down because the frog chorus really wants to be heard!

     

    Backyard Exploration! 

    It’s easy to sit at home and pine after the stunning vistas and otherworldly wildlife of the Planet Earth series. Do not let this blind you to the beauty and intrigue awaiting discovery in your own backyard! Join us for a virtual backyard exploration that will inspire you to reacquaint yourself with the life right under your nose. Watch the video here. Share your own backyard findings on social media using #ShareLearnAdventure.

    Here are some great backyard exploration resources:

    Tips for starting a nature journal- great for all ages and this practice will help you look closely at what is around you! 

    National Wildlife Federation tips for making your yard wildlife-friendly

    Backyard exploration activities with kids. 

    Audubon tips for a garden friendly to the wildlife and your wallet. 

    Wood Duck Boxes!

    Ever wonder what those tall wooden boxes along the water are? Join us as LRCC member Elijah sets up nesting boxes and chats about the life history and conservation story of Wood Ducks on this “ShareLearnAdventure! Watch the video here.

    One of North America’s most recognizable and beloved waterfowl, the Wood Duck is an early example of a wildlife management success story. By the late 1800’s/early 1900’s these charismatic birds had nearly disappeared from our woods and waters, yet today they’re one of the most widespread duck species, showing up in wooded wetlands all across the country.

    More information on Wood Ducks & how to set up your own 

    Watch new ducklings jump from their nest 50 feet in the air! 

    Explore the Signs of Spring!

    Have you noticed the changes in your backyard recently? Spring is here and it shows; no wonder people love to write poems about it! What are your favorite signs of the start of spring? Watch the video here. 

    Share your own spring-inspired poems by using the tag #ShareLearnAdventure!

    A Rainy Day in the Woods! 

    Take a deep breath and enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of a spring rainstorm in a forest filled with new leaves. We often cancel outdoor plans because of rain, but being out in the rain can be wonderful! (Remember to be safe). Watch the video here! Next time it rains consider exploring in your backyard, checking out the nearby woods, or walking down your street. #ShareLearnAdventure

    If you are itching for a fun and meaningful DIY project, check out Soak Up the Rain NH’s fact sheet about rain barrels. Installing a rain barrel can reduce stormwater runoff into our lakes and can provide you with water for your garden. 

    Get the Dirt on Composting!

    Let’s break down the mysteries of compost! (Get it? Decomposition joke!) Watch the video here. Join LRCC member Grace to discover what’s going on inside a compost pile in the first half of this video. In the second half, Grace will show you how she built her budget-friendly and beginner-friendly compost bin out of wooden pallets! 

    Here are some extra resources if you are excited about compost:

    NHPR Conversation on Composting (from 2018)

    NH DES composting flier

    Background composting information from Cornell Composting

    Home composting tips

    Nest Check! 

    Nest Check! Tag along on a visit to a Canada goose nest here in the wetlands of Piper Cove! Remember, don’t approach an active nest as it can be dangerous for the wildlife and for you if the parents become aggressive. Watch the video here.

    Do you have any birds nesting near your home? See if you can tell what their nest is made of! #ShareLearnAdventure

     

     

    Goldsworthy Creations! 

    Andy Goldsworthy, an enigmatic bloke hailing from Scotland, challenges traditional art mediums and creates site-specific art pieces using found natural materials - sticks, rocks, leaves, logs, moss. Luckily, it’s easy and fun to make your own Goldsworthy style creations and discover new frames to view the natural world through!

    Head out to the woods to get close to the natural world and embrace your artistic side. Watch this video of LRCC member Elijah making his creations in Belknap Woods. Show us what you come up with! Learn more about Andy and his work here or check out some of his books from the Holderness Free Library. His films “Rivers and Tides” and “Lean into the Wind” are available to stream online and do a great job of documenting the many little successes and failures that go into creating art. 

    Balcony Birding! 

    Inspired by a previous Share, Learn, Adventure post “Intro to Birdwatching with Moses” SLA’s Director of Education, Leigh Ann Reynolds, has been taking photos of the birds outside her windows and off her balcony! Watch the video here. 

    How many of the birds can you ID? All About Birds is a great online field guide. What birds are you seeing outside your window? Share your photos and videos with us via Facebook, Instagram or by email. Remember to use #ShareLearnAdventure Happy Birding! Click here to see the balcony birds identified.

     

     

    Rain Gardens! 

    Welcome to your 5-minute crash course on rain gardens! Learn about why we want to reduce stormwater runoff and how rain gardens can help. This is something anyone can do on their property to take action to improve the water quality of the streams, rivers, and lakes that we love! Watch Grace's video here!

    Want to start your own rain garden? Click here for more resources and to learn more about how rain gardens can prevent flooding. 

    Wood Frog Nursery!

    Check out who's growing in our nursery! Stay tuned as LRCC member & resident frog nanny, Maggy, updates us on our wood frogs as they grow from eggs to adult frogs.

     

     

     

    Videos: 

    Introduction to the frog nursery!

    Frog eggs day three!

    Hatch day!

    Tadpoles under the microscope!

    Tadpoles eating!

    New Habitat!

    Froglets: Say hello to our first fully formed froglet! At this stage, wood frogs will transition from an aquatic environment to a terrestrial one.  This little guy will be released into a moist wooded area where it will continue on a diet of insects and grow up to nearly three inches!  Did you know that wood frogs will freeze their whole bodies in order to survive the winter?  They go through several freeze and thaw cycles with no adverse effects!

    Conservation Easements! 

    BREAKING NEWS: Your Channel 534 news broadcast on conservation easements is here! Do you hike in the Squam Range? Do you enjoy the excellent water quality of the Squam Lakes? Do you appreciate conserved land? If so, your life has likely been impacted by conservation easements. Dive into a better understanding of these agreements by watching our interview with Roger Larochelle, Executive Director of the Squam Lakes Conservation Society. We hope this video makes you chuckle a little bit as Grace explores her inner news anchor. Watch the video here!

    Check out the interactive map of conserved land on the SLCS website. Be sure to click the little menu bar on the top left of the map to add overlays of streams, hiking trails, and peaks!

    Here's an SLCS page describing conservation easements. 

    Prehistoric Animals: Dragonflies! 

    You may have heard the phrase “living dinosaur” when referring to prehistoric animals who are still around today, but today's species of interest is even older than that!. Have you noticed a new buzzing friend in the air this past week? If you live near a lake or a pond, you may have noticed that the dragonflies have started hatching! Dragonflies belong to a family of insects that predate the dinosaurs, and they were much bigger back then! Tells us about your favorite "living dinosaur" by commenting below or sharing with the tag #ShareLearnAdventure! Watch this video on dragonflies to learn more!

    Here’s a link to some information and pictures of what the larvae look like.

    Reusable T-Shirt Totes!

    Turn your old t-shirts into tote bags using only a pair of scissors! Watch this tutorial to learn how to repurpose your clothes and reduce waste while creating a useful summer bag. According to the EPA, landfills received 11.2 million tons of textiles in 2017. We’ve fallen into a dangerous and irresponsible culture of fast fashion; think twice before you buy a new piece of clothing! Do you need it? Could you get it second hand? Before you throw something away, ask yourself if you can repurpose it or pass it on to a friend. Small actions can make a big impact!

    Share your tote bags with us by posting with the tag #sharelearnadventure or email a photo to us at info@squamlakes.org

    EPA textile reports, including an interesting graph showing the increase in textile waste in the last 60 years and what happens to it.

    Tick Check! 

    Tick season is upon us! Between the months of May and August, ticks are at their most active. Unfortunately, so are humans. Hiking and camping are big activities for summers in New Hampshire, so it’s important to know how to prevent tick bites and what steps to take if you do get bitten. Click here to learn more and discover some cool tick resources! 

    If you do find a tick, remember to send them to BeBop Labs! 

     

     

     

    Dragonfly Exoskeletons!

    We just had a big dragonfly hatch here at SLA headquarters and the air is full of those prehistoric looking, pop-eyed, helicopter-winged bugs we all know and love. While catching a flying dragonfly is neither easy nor recommended (they might bite you and you could squish them) there is a way to handle these wonderful creatures – or at least part of them. Every dragonfly leaves behind an “exuvia” – the crunchy exoskeleton that protected it before it crawled out of the water, burst through its skin, and emerged with newly formed wings!

    Dragonflies (and their cousins the damselflies) spend most of their lives underwater, hunting other aquatic insects, tadpoles, and even small fish with their fearsome jet-propelled jaws and only after their wings have had years to developed do they metamorphose into the brilliantly colored flying dragons we recognize. You can find these “exuvia” hanging onto grass, bushes, or the sides of docks around waterbodies – pretty much anywhere a dragonfly can crawl up to get some air under its new wings and leave its old self behind. They’ve even been found higher than 20 feet in trees! Get out and try to spot a dragonfly emerging and look for those exuvia scattered in the bushes and trees! #ShareLearnAdventure

    Celebrate Pollinator Month!

    June is national Pollinators month! Nectar seekers of all shapes and sizes are plunging themselves happily into flowers everywhere. These delightful friends pollinate over 75% of all flowering plants (and those are just the ones we have discovered) as well as three-quarters of our crops. They make the world go round. While you’re out walking, biking, or even looking out your window you can see countless different pollinators buzzing, flapping, and lurching around. Check out these links for all your pollinator needs and consider planting your own pollinator garden. This chart of native perennials and shrubs that support pollinators created by the Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership is a great place to start your research.

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    Importance of Downed Limbs

    As a tree dies, several natural processes take place and return the tree back into the ground. By following a tree through the stages of decomposition, you can see many different types of life. All you have to do is leave the tree alone! Let us know what you see happening on our around downed trees through #trecycle and #ShareLearnAdventure.

    Click on the image to the right to watch a video and learn about the importance of downed trees from Jack!

    Water Bugs & Water Quality

    Sampling and identifying aquatic biota is an important step in assessing water quality. Aquatic invertebrates (bugs!) are a key piece of this puzzle, so if you need a refresher on how to get your hands on some-- check out Moses and Nick’s previous Share Learn Adventure on freshwater invertebrates. Today we are going to take a more in depth look about how aquatic invertebrates are used in water quality assessment, and why they are so essential. Click on the image to the left to watch Beth's video all about water bugs & water quality!

    Check out the links below for invertebrate keys to guide you on your bug identification.

    Click Here for the University of Wisconsin Macroinvertebrate key.

    Click Here for the Stroud Water Research Center key.

    Let's Celebrate Photosynthesizers!

    With the blooming flowers of summer comes the reminder of a really important process that keeps our planet green, healthy, and directly or indirectly affects all life on earth. Click here to watch a fun video about photosynthesis and the next time you take a deep breath of oxygen give gratitude to all of our local photosynthesizing organisms out there. Here is a silly photo of me and my favorite photosynthesizer found in the Squam Lakes Watershed and throughout New Hampshire, the lilac! Share your silly or not so silly pictures to celebrate the photosynthesizers that give us so much! #ShareLearnAdventure

    Happy National Pollinator Week!

    Happy National Pollinator Week!  Every year in June, we take a week to celebrate our pollinators and all that they do for us.  When you think about where your food comes from, you may picture the people involved: farmers, transport drivers, and even retail employees.  But let’s not forget about the key players in all of this: the pollinators!  And we aren’t just talking about bees.  Birds, bats, and thousands of bugs and insects are the backbone of our farming system.  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N, “Between US$235 billion and US$577 billion worth of annual global food production relies on direct contributions by pollinators.”

    Click here to see how you can celebrate pollinator week virtually and in your own garden, through the Pollinator Partnership!

    To learn more about how pollination impacts the global economy, click here to check out this unique article from Modern Agriculture.

    Why Staying on the Trail Matters!

    According to The Outdoor Foundation's 2018 Outdoor Participation Report, hiking is the fourth most popular outdoor activity behind running, fishing, and biking. Hiking has endless mental and physical benefits that leave you with a euphoric and connected feeling with nature and everyone involved. This season, cars have been overflowing the tiny dirt parking lots at SLA trails, meaning that our trails are more popular than ever! With this surge of people walking on the trail systems around Squam Lake, erosion and other wildlife issues may arise. We urge everyone who enjoys the outdoors to be mindful of how they walk on our trails. It sounds simple, but sometimes it takes a little detective work to realize the right and wrong way to ascend or descend a trail.

    Shortcuts like the one seen in this picture create a channel for water to travel down and cut the native vegetation out. These early successional plants help absorb water which reduce erosion & runoff into the lake, thus keeping our lake healthy. Going up the steep section to the right will cause others to follow and degrade the area. Wildlife can also get spooked when you veer off the trail because they aren’t used to human presence. Animals tend to stay 150-200 feet away from a trail and opening another corridor will cause this distance to increase. If you stay on the trail you’re lessening the stress on some of the animals, insects, soil, and vegetation. How can you help? Take the longer road! Next time you see a shortcut to a scenic view or on a switchback, don’t follow it! Do your part, stay on the trail and urge others to do the same. Together we can keep our watershed healthy for us and all the other creatures who call it home!

    Sunset...a Beautiful Time to be on the Lake

    Hi, I’m Grace, a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member serving at the Squam Lakes Association. For the past few months I was serving remotely and didn’t realize how much I missed Squam sunsets until I returned. Sunset is a great time for a leisurely paddle through the cove by SLA headquarters and out to Big Squam. Take a deep breath while you watch and listen to the sounds of the waves and the gray tree frogs. To watch the video click on the picture to the left. Share your sunset photos with us or tell us about your favorite time of day to be out on the lake! #ShareLearnAdventure

     

     

     

     

     

     

    DIY Hummingbird Feeder

    Hi, I'm Sam, a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member serving at the Squam Lakes Association. I created these illustrations to share some FUN facts about one of my favorite pollinators, the hummingbird, and to teach you how to create your own hummingbird feeder. I'd love to see pictures of your homemade feeder and maybe even some of the visitors enjoying a drink! #ShareLearnAdventure

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Caller ID: Frog and Toad Edition

    In the wee hours of the night you may hear a lot of hustle and bustle going on outside your window. A lot of times these croaks and creeks are coming from lumpy and squishy critters that hop around. I’m talking about FROGS! Starting in April and extending through September we hear a variety of frogs and toads calling out for attention. Each day the consistency and diversity of our amphibial friends’ yikes and yorks change in such fascinating ways. 

    New Hampshire is home to a few different Anurans (this is the Order, a taxonomic classification, that frogs and toads belong to). Anura comes from “an-” which means “without” and the Greek “oura” which means “tail”; aptly naming them the tailless amphibians! Their calls can be heard at different times of the day and change so much week to week. Did you know anurans have different types of calls? The calls we are most familiar with are the Advertisement calls. Click here fore more details about the other types of calls they make.  In the afternoon everyday around 3:00pm in early May I was hearing tons and tons of American toads Anaxyrus americanus and just last week I saw a ton of  baby toads hopping around all over Red Hill. It’s amazing how much the world around us changes day to day.

    Follow this link to New Hampshire Fish and Game's website that has great information on all of the known species in the state along with what calls belong to which anuran!

    While this chart is based on data from Wisconsin Wetlands Association, I would say the difference in location may not differ significantly and that the timing of calls here in our state would be accurately represented in this chart.

    Squam Watershed Wonders Series

    The Squam Watershed Wonders series, created by our Director of Education, Leigh Ann Reynolds, is inspired by the videos & photos she has taken throughout her years hiking the trails, paddling around the islands, and snorkeling along the shores of Squam. The videos explore the who's, what's, why's, and when's of the watershed. Tune in on Wednesdays for Squam Watershed Wonders!

    Click here to watch Episode 1 and learn about New Hampshire's most common native sunfish the Pumpkinseed Sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus)! Other fish in the Sunfish Family (Centrarchidae) include large and smallmouth bass.....

    Click here to watch Episode 2 and learn about the Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon) and see one eating a fish...

    Click here to watch Episode 3 and learn about some unlikely carnivores of New Hampshire...

    Click here to watch Episode 4 and learn about turtles and specifically Snapping turtles ((Chelydra serpentina)...

    Click here to watch Episode 5 and explore the science behind spectacular sunrises & sunsets!

     

    JSLA Virtual Campfire Activities & Lessons (click here to for more info and to sign up)

    Lesson 1-Create & Go on a Micro Hike:

    Watch this video to see how to go on a Micro Hike!

    Micro Hiking Lesson Sheet: The best way to explore tiny ecosystems

    Learn more about ecosystems and what you might find on your micro hike through this Powerpoint presentation.

    Lesson 2- Let's Learn about Loons

    Learn about loons through this Powerpoint presentation.

    Create your own Loon Activity

    Click on these links to listen to the different loon calls: hoot, wail, warble, and tremolo!

    Lesson 3- Leeches

    Explore the fascinating world of leeches through this Powerpoint presentation.

    Lesson 4- Tree Identification

    Learn about the trees in your backyard through this Powerpoint presentation.

    Get outside and see how many leaves you can ID.

    SLA's Composting Toilets

    Put your hands up if your favorite part of the SLA campsites are… the COMPOSTING TOILETS! No one? Well then let me try to convince you. Composting toilets, specifically Clivus Multrum toilets, are an elegant marriage of biology and engineering. Through a deep understanding of the biological principles of composting, engineers have created an efficient way to turn our waste into healthy plant food- all while reducing water waste and input to sewage systems!

    We have Clivus Multrum toilets at Chamberlain Reynolds and on Moon Island- and we just received a grant to install a third Clivus on Bowman Island! Watch the video below and check out the included resources to learn more about composting toilets. #sharelearnadventure

    Click on the photo to the right to watch LRCC member Grace 's video to learn all about composting toilets!

    Humanure Handbook condensed instruction manual- a summary of a cheeky, comprehensive introduction to composting human waste. A great way to dip your toe into this topic. If you’re interested, check out the full version! Click here for a fun read.

    Click here for a very compelling account of an easy DIY composting toilet! Makes me want to make one now (they also reference the Humanure Handbook):