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. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Ever wonder what it means to be an artist? Sometimes intimidated by art? Believe that you’re not “artistic”? Or maybe you’re an artistic genius? Regardless, come on out to beautiful Belknap woods to chuck those conceptions out the window and dive into the playful and wonderfully unconventional world of Andy Goldsworthy. Andy, an enigmatic bloke hailing from Scotland, challenges traditional art mediums and creates site-specific constructions using found natural materials - ice, snow, sticks, rocks, leaves, moss. As we explore Belknap woods, we’ll make our own Goldsworthy style creations and discover new frames to view the natural world through. Bring a camera to capture a souvenir of your work since we will not be removing any material from the forest - part of the magic of these creations is that they remain in place and eventually fade back into the forest floor.
Folks should plan to arrive at the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) shortly before 11am on Sunday, December 8th to meet Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) member, Elijah Schumacher who will be leading the day’s activities. We will begin by looking at some of Andy Goldsworthy’s work and talking about what his style of art could look like at Belknap woods. Parking is limited at Belknap, so we’ll carpool over and spend a couple hours creating our own nature artwork. Belknap is a particularly personable and engaging plot of woods with varying landscapes to turn to for inspiration and the free-style format of Goldsworthy style art is great for kids! Snow and ice sculptures, twig houses, and cairns are all fun ways to engage with the natural world and families are encouraged to attend! Please be sure to bring lots of warm clothes, extra gloves, and hand warmers. A thermos of something hot or some snacks (or lunch) would probably be a good idea as well. After a couple hours of art/play/artistic endeavors, we will return to SLA for hot chocolate, a discussion of the day, and to show off snapshots of our artwork. We’ll wrap up by 2:00pm. We hope to see you there!
What to Bring: Participants should bring extra layers that can be taken off/added on to stay warm and dry, raingear, a hat, an extra pair of socks, any sort of medication you may need, hiking boots, snowshoes or microspikes (dependent on conditions), snacks & lunch, 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: This program is open to all ages capable of hiking and being out in winter conditions for 3 hours. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's Guide:
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 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.