This Week's Program:
During our hike, we will learn the many signs that nature gives us to find our way back home. Many of these can help you find your way if you are ever lost. Other techniques can help you predict the weather and humidity in the atmosphere. For this particular program, we will mostly be focusing on figuring out cardinal directions (north, east, south, and west) by using tree shapes and tree leaves. We will also learn a few more useful tips for predicting the weather during a hike and help you become more aware hikers! Make sure to eat/pack a good hearty lunch, bring snacks, and plenty of water!
This Week's Intern Guide:
I am Gio Senes. I am an Environmental Studies major at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. I try to get out of the gray city and into the green forests of the Midwest as much as possible. I am very interested in mapping and navigation in general.
SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:
Every Friday from June 17 through August 19, 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.
Other Adventure Ecology Trips during the summer of 2016:
- Wetland Ecology Walk (6/17/2016)
- Introduction to fishing on Squam Lake (7/1/2016)
- Scavenger Hunt through Navigation (7/8/2016)
- Canoeing and Chemistry: How the Water Cycle Works (7/15/2016)
- Backcountry cooking- more than just granola bars and trail mix (7/22/2016)
- Identifying Trees in the Squam Region (8/5/2016)
- Squam Bird Ecology and Kayaking (8/12/2016)
- Leaf Rubbing and Tree Touring for Beginners (8/19/2016)
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.