Location: Squam Lakes Association. SLA is located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map.
Registration: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people.
This Week's Program:
See a different side of Squam Lake on a snowshoe across the ice under the full moon! We will trek from Piper Cove towards Bowman Island. While on the ice we will discuss lake ice formation, seasonal lake turnover, life beneath the ice, and the SLA’s winter water quality monitoring program. If weather permits, we will bring a camp stove to boil water for tea and hot chocolate out on the ice!
Before we depart all participants are required to take part in ice safety training. The SLA will provide PFDs, ice spikes, and poles.
What to Bring: You MUST bring lots of extra layers that can be taken off/added on to stay warm and dry, raingear, a hat, gloves/mittens and an extra pair of socks. We will be out at night in very cold and windy conditions with no cover. Prior to departure LRCC members will look your clothing/equipment to make sure you are adequately prepared. You also need a headlamp, any sort of medication you may need, warm boots, snowshoes or microspikes (dependent on conditions), a packed dinner/snacks, and plenty of water. The SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: Anyone comfortable out at night in very cold temperatures for a few hours. There will likely be a lot of wind on the lake due to lack of tree cover. Not suitable for young children. If you aren’t sure whether this is a good program for your child, reach out to the SLA.
This Week's LRCC Guides:
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.
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.