Family Hike-UnbeFreezable: How Trees Handle Winter

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Meet at the Squam Lakes Association and carpool to Belknap Woods. SLA is located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map.

Registration: Registration is required. Please indicate the age of each child. 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.

Ever wonder how a maple tree can be like a bear and a spruce like a squirrel? Come find out at our Family Hike in Belknap woods, where we’ll be exploring how trees make it through the winter. We sometimes take trees’ comfort for granted; after all, they just stand there and wave and almost never complain about the wind and rain and cold and snow and ice. We might be tempted to think there’s just not much going on for a tree in the winter, but how wrong we’d be! Trees don’t like their cells freezing any more than any animal does and if enough do freeze, they’ll die. So how are they handling life in Central New Hampshire where temperatures can drop below 0 Fahrenheit? Come play some wintry tree games and find out about the flurry of activity that goes on inside a tree as it prepares to stand in its spot all winter long.  

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. 

Audience: All ages capable of being outside for an extended period of time in cold wintry conditions are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This Week's LRCC Guides: 

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.  

Hi, my name is Danielle Plumlee (picture left)! I'm originally from Oregon, before I came over to Maine for school, in search of snow. I studied Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine, minoring in Professional Writing. My personal interest in my field is in human impacts on the environment, and working towards bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and public awareness. This is my second term serving at the Squam Lakes Association and I am looking forward to the chance to gain some l knowledge on conservation and education during the winter months with the LRCC! In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking, and finding beautiful views.

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.


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