Find Your Inner David Attenborough: Beginner Nature Documentary

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Meet at the Squam Lakes Association and then carpool to Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest. SLA is located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map.

Registration: Registration is required. Limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.

This Week's Program:

Do you have a secret dream of creating your own nature documentary? Now is your chance to make it come true! Join the SLA in creating a fun and informative mini-documentary about Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest. Participants will decide what information they would like to highlight in the video based on materials provided at the beginning of the program. We will film throughout the Chamberlain Reynolds trails, examining any life or ecosystem that sparks our interest! LRCC member Grace will film (on her iPhone- this is by no means an expert class!) while participants plan the video and take turns in front of the camera. But being on camera is always optional- there are many other ways to participate! Grace will edit the video later and hopefully display it on the SLA website. Come be a part of an effort to encourage more folks to get outside and enjoy the beautiful landscape around Squam. Participants should bring warm clothes for walking in the winter woods and a snack/lunch since this program runs through noon. No previous filmmaking experience is required. You don’t need to be a Chamberlain Reynolds expert either- all information to include in the video can be taken from materials provided during the program.

What to Bring: Participants should bring appropriate clothing, extra layers, comfortable water resistant shoes for hiking, water, lunch, 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: Everyone! Be prepared to walk in the snow for up to 2 miles, depending on what we see at Chamberlain Reynolds. No filmmaking experience needed.

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.


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