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 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
On the fourth Saturday of each month join other families for a hike. Whether your family is new to hiking or seasoned hikers this is a fun way to get outside and explore. All of these hikes are on SLA trails and if you hike all 50 miles of trails then you can become a Squam Ranger! Click here to learn more. Every hike will begin with a discussion of how we can all stay safe and have fun.
This month's hike will take place at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest, a fairly short, low intensity hike. For this trip, we will be doing a loop around the forest, through the swamp, and along the beach; the whole loop will be 2 miles long and includes four different trails! Although it is short, we will have the opportunity to see a handful of landscape changes and different unique habitats, at each transition, we will stop to discuss the changes these habitats see in the winter and how some of our winter habits can impact them.
We will be taking a magical winter wonderland hike through the Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest! Depending on our pace and how deep the snow is, end time is tentative, we may finish before lunchtime, but we will take breaks for snacks. Thermoses filled with hot chocolate, cider, or broth are always great to bring along to keep the chill away. As we hike, we will stop periodically along the way to talk about the different habitats found in this forest, how winter affects them, and habits that humans have in the winter time that affect them, as well.
Since hikes are weather dependent, we will contact those who have signed up if plans change.
What to Bring: Participants should bring 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 hike is for families, however snowshoeing can be difficult and tiring for small children under 7. We recommend this hike for 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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!
I’m Elijah, a native of the Green Mountain State next door, where I spent my childhood jumping off of rocks and climbing the tallest trees I could find. After wanderings in Iowa, Hawai’i and Oregon, I’m excited to again be surrounded by snow and granite and to have the privilege of sharing the mystery and wonder of the outdoors with folks here in New Hampshire. I’m a fan of snowboarding, kayaking, interpreting the stories of nature, and finding the artistic side of everyday life.
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.