Location: Meet at Belknap Woods trailhead off of Route 25B in Holderness. Click here for a google map.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 6 people so that appropriate social distancing can be observed between the LRCC members and participants. Click here to register for this program.
*Program leaders will email registrants a day or two before the program with details regarding location, what to bring, and safety protocols.
This Week's Program:
During Autumn when cool rains soak the soils and wash away recently fallen leaves from their arboreal ancestors, we may notice some hues among the soft understory that weren’t as noticeable as before. These squishy, and sometimes slimy, figures poking out of the leaves have many names, shapes, colors, sizes, and...flavors! One of my favorite things about the warmer months is how much there is out there to forage. Today we will be focusing on how to identify some of the different characteristics that will help us classify certain fungal families, as well which ones in the fall are the safest to forage.
Audience: All ages welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
What to Bring: If you wish to take home any fungi that we find, please bring a mesh type bag or basket to hold the mushrooms. Emphasis on any vessel that has holes in it. Holes are the utmost important part because as you move casually through the woods harvesting fungi from the earth you are also spreading their spores. This allows for the distribution of the species to proliferate through the forest. As always, bring plenty of water, snacks, hand sanitizer, and adequate clothing for the weather that day. Please also bring a facemask to be worn while around larger groups of people, such as at the trailhead.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
Hi! My name is Moses and I am a full year AmeriCorps member at the Squam Lakes Association. I graduated from Marshall University with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor and Biology. I enjoy carving spoons, foraging wild plants and mushrooms, making cider, baking sourdough, and borrowing my friends’ books.
SLA's Adventure Ecology Programs:
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 the program.