Location: Meet at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest West Parking Lot, College Rd, Center Harbor, NH 03226, USA. Click Here for a Google Map.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 6 dogs max with a limit of 2 per registrant. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
This is a hike through Chamberlain Reynold’s Memorial Forest with some special guests… your dogs! Leading the hike will be AmeriCorp’s member Maggy, who has been a dog handler and trainer for over 10 years. We all love to hike with our dogs, however we often do not realize the great impact that having our dogs with us has on the surrounding environment. This is not all a matter of common sense, so even if you consider yourself an avid and responsible hiker, you may still learn something new. This hike is open to any dog owners or future dog owners who wish to learn about how to be a low impact hiker with your canine friends. This is not only beneficial for the environment, but also for public access to trails. Non-pet areas often allowed dogs at one point, but had to instill a rule due to ecological damage. For this hike, we are requiring that dogs who attend be people friendly, dog friendly, and good leash walkers. We are also asking for a maximum of 2 dogs per registered participant, so as to keep the group at a controlled size.
If your dog does not do well with other people or dogs, is not up to date on vaccines, or is not trained enough to restrain itself around other people or dogs, we kindly ask that you leave them at home. If you show up without a leash, no matter how good of an off-leash pet they are, you and your dog will not be permitted to attend the hike. If your dog exhibits any aggression throughout the hike, we will have to ask you to turn back. This is all for the safety of other hikers, the other dogs, and your own pet’s safety. You do not need a dog to participate in this program. If you are questioning whether or not your dog meets these requirements, please contact Maggy at firstname.lastname@example.org to help further gauge how your dog would do. ALL BREEDS ARE WELCOME!
What to Bring: Participants should bring poop bags, small tupperware, updated vaccine tags, leash,
appropriate clothing, extra layers, comfortable water resistant shoes for hiking, water, snacks and snowshoes and/or micro-spikes depending on conditions. The SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking. Bring plenty of snacks. Bring a camera if you like, it will be beautiful out there, and depending on the snow cover, a good time to take pictures of animal tracks.
Audience: This program is specifically for dog owners who hike with their dogs. You are encouraged to bring your pooch, however they MUST be leashed. If you do not bring a leash, you will not be allowed to participate. You do not have to bring your dog in order to attend.
This Week's LRCC Guides:
Hey, there! I'm Maggy, from Long Island, New York and recently graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Sustainability Sciences. I used to train assistance dogs to help people with disabilities become more independent in their daily lives which sparked my love for animals. After hearing Steve Irwin's voice in the back of my head telling me to go a little further, I soon nudged myself into pursuing a career in the environmental sciences and became very interested in wildlife and conservation. The Squam Lakes Region has always had a special place in my heart as it is my childhood vacation spot; I can't wait to be doing my part in making sure it remains healthy and beautiful. I'm excited for all of the great experiences this year is going to bring, to further explore New Hampshire, and learn as much as I can about how to protect and maintain our awesome planet! If you can't find me in my bed with a bagel or in the kitchen reheating pizza, I'm typically out in the woods hiking, fishing, exploring, or petting some stranger's dog. I love going out to spot wildlife, watch meteor showers, or finding great views!
Hi, I’m Micaela Wells! I earned my B.S. in Biology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and then left my childhood woodlands behind to pursue fame and fortune with AmeriCorps here on the East Coast. You can generally identify me in the wild by my bared feet and twig-strewn hair (often even in the winter), despite my mother's best attempts to make a lady out of me. I enjoy any form of outdoor adventure, and never grow tired of learning about the natural world.
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 perform 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.