Location: Squam Lakes Association. SLA is located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map.
Registration: Registration is appreciated. Drop-in's welcome. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Are you a fan of Calvin and Hobbes? Marvel comics? Family Circus? Do you like science and appreciate the natural beauty of Squam? Join me in blending these seemingly different passions together! Participants can come to the SLA any time between 10 and 1. We will have art supplies set up in the Great Room and Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) members will be there to teach participants about the life and processes of the Squam Lake area, including: lake ice formation, leaf color change, fungus/tree relationships, winter life, and ongoing conservation efforts in the surrounding area. And of course we will talk about anything else that sparks our interest! Participants can drink hot cocoa, recline by the fire, and create nature-inspired comic strips. Participants might find inspiration from topics discussed that day or from other natural phenomena for which they have a passion. We can also take short walks around the SLA campus to see what’s out there. Communication is an important part of science, and comics can be a fun tool to teach others about nature!
What to Bring: Weather will determine snowshoe necessity, but if needed the SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Participants should bring water, a snack, any special art supplies, and warm winter clothes if you want to get outside. The walk will not exceed a mile and will be on flat terrain. Participants are welcome to bring their own art supplies though the SLA will have materials for folks to use during the program.
Audience: All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's Guide:
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.