Location: Meet at Whitten Woods trailhead on Highland Street in Ashland, NH 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:
This program will be a sensory scavenger hunt hike through Whitten Woods in Ashland, NH for adults with disabilities. We will hike at a slow pace in order to soak in all of the beauty around us. We want to encourage participants to get back into nature and use their senses to interact with what’s around them. We will have fun scavenger hunt cards for participants and aides to check off as we go. Lakes Region Conservation Corps members Maggy and Nick will help out plenty with finding everything on the card. Since this program will be accessible to various abilities, we will have a mixed bag of items on the card that involve different senses, so that everyone can have the chance to find at least a couple of items on their own, regardless of which of their senses may be impaired.
This program takes place at the tail end of hunting season, so we want everyone to have something bright orange to wear. The SLA will provided mesh polyester vests to put over a coat or backpack. These are loose fitting for the average adult, but have elastic bands on the side that may be form fitting depending on personal size and how puffy a jacket is. There is a large tag in the back that would likely not touch direct skin over a jacket, but may make a crinkling noise. If a participant is sensitive to velcro, reflective material, the sound of the mesh or tag, or would be opposed to this article of clothing in any way, please come with another form of orange to wear such as a hat or gloves. If a participant requires an assistance animal, please make sure they also have something orange to wear and booties, if necessary.
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. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: This program is specifically aimed to reach adults with disabilities able to navigate a trail in snowy/icy conditions. Service animals are always welcome, however please be sure they are fitted with an orange blaze of some sort, whether it is a bandana, collar, vest, or colored tape on the harness.
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. I love going out to spot wildlife, watch meteor showers, or finding great views!
Hi my name is Nick Langlois, and I’m from Marysville Ohio. Last spring I graduated from Otterbein University, and shortly thereafter joined the Lakes Region Conservation Corps to get my boots muddy in New Hampshire forests. This past summer I served with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, exposing me to the intricacies of trail maintenance and the best parts of land management. My time in school and the outdoors has fueled my passion for conservation and cool insects; I am super excited to join SLA for the season. Cooking, reading, climbing and hiking are my favorite hobbies!
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.