Adventure Ecology: Finding Your Best Frond- An Interactive Walking Tour of New Hampshire's Ferns

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This Week's Program:

Join me on Friday, June 16 from 10am to Noon at the West Lot off College Road of Chamberlain Reynolds National Forest for an interactive walking tour of the ferns of New Hampshire. First we’ll start with a trailside lesson on the fern’s role in the environment, its evolution over time, key elements of physical structure, ecology, and its place in human culture. We’ll then proceed through a guided walking tour to observe and identify ferns on the trail to actively apply new knowledge. Participants will work towards completing a fern identification worksheet throughout the hike. The final component will be a review of the ferns identified as well as a quick debrief. Materials will be handed out to aid with identification, and participants are welcome to bring them home for future fern identification.


Ages 8 & up, participants must be capable of walking around 2 miles.

This Week's Intern Guide: 

My name is Elizabeth Wolf and I am a rising senior at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. I’ve spent time on Squam for my whole life and am so excited to be spending the whole summer at SLA as a Conservation Intern. I’m a double Economics and English major, but have a focus on Environmental Economics and more specifically Marine environments. My latest work is focused on Marine Protected Areas in Cuba. I love SCUBA diving, sport rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, sailing, horseback riding, and swimming. Basically I'm a fan of anything that brings me outside. After graduation, I want to put my business and economics training to work to make a positive impact on the environment.

SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:

Every Friday from June 16 through August 18, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Squam Conservation Interns who spend their summers on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. Click here for more information about the Adventure Ecology program.

Other Adventure Ecology Trips during the summer of 2017:                          

Squam Conservation Internship:

The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA's conservation mission. This volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certification over a broad range of activities. Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, help to preserve loon populations on the lakes, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction. Learn more about the internship program here.