Location: Meeting at the SLA (534 U.S. Route 3, Holderness) prior to carpooling the the Butterworth trailhead. Click here for a google map to the SLA.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Confused about what trees and shrubs are around you once autumn rolls around and takes the leaves? Well leaf your worries behind and emBARK on a journey with the SLA in a wonderful morning of Winter tree identification on East Rattlesnake! There are many ways to identify trees besides the leaves. Bark, buds, leaf scars, branching pattern, smell, even taste are all exciting ways to figure out what is growing around us year-round. When we pay attention to these small details we learn that plants change throughout the year! Depending on the weather and timing of the hike we may also explore the Five-finger point trail. Regardless, the vast trail system will allow us to explore the unique changes in plant communities as we move through the forest.
What to Bring: Participants should bring extra layers that can be taken off/added on to stay warm and dry, raingear, a hat, an extra pair of socks, any sort of medication you may need, hiking boots, snowshoes or microspikes (dependent on conditions), a packed lunch and snacks, and plenty of water. The SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking. It is oppotional to bring paper and/or a camera to keep notes and take pictures if interested in documenting the experience.
Audience: This hike is for all ages, but is of moderate intensity and may increase in difficulty with any icy or rainy weather! Children should be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's Guide:
My name is Moses Shafer. I am from Parkersburg, West Virginia where I spent my days hiking rugged mountains and jumping into cool mountain pools. I am green to New Hampshire, but I am excited to do some great winter hiking and some Nordic Skiing while I’m here. I enjoy plants, mushrooms, bugs, and salamanders, but I am always interested in learning more. I aspire to one day be an ecologist for a National Forest.
Hello! My name is Grace Callahan and I’m from Alexandria, Virginia. I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2019 where I studied ecology and earth sciences. Flipping logs to find slugs, centipedes, and salamanders in the woods behind my house was an important part of growing up for me. I’m passionate about helping people explore and connect with their backyards like I was fortunate enough to do, and this means protecting natural backyard spaces! I hope to work to preserve clean rivers, lakes, and forests for generations to come. I grew up visiting Squam and Winnipesaukee during summer vacations and I’m so excited to live here for a year! I love learning new things and right now I’m trying to teach myself more butterfly/moth ID, how to sew simple stuffed animals and clothes, and how to make good rice.
SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:
Throughout the year, 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 Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.
Lakes Region Conservation Corps
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about LRCC.