Location: Meet at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest West Parking Lot, College Rd, Center Harbor, NH 03226, USA. Click Here for a Google Map.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 10 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) and Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) members Eric and Paul for a hike around Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest. During the walk you'll get to see the change in biomes from the forest to wetland as we take the raised path through the swamp.
Plan for a 2.2 mile loop with gentle hills and an easy pace. Make sure to bring plenty of water, warm clothes/layers, comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting a little muddy depending on trail conditions, and a bagged lunch to enjoy on the beach. A picnic blanket or ground cover may also be brought for lunch on the beach.
What to Bring: Hikers should come prepared with weather-appropriate hiking gear (layers, rain gear, and extra socks/shirts/hats/etc.), snowshoes and/or microspikes (if necessary), comfortable shoes/boots for hiking, water, lunch, thermos with tea/coffee (optional), and small mat/blanket to sit on (optional but highly recommended). Masks for those who want to wear one though they are not required.
The SLA can provide snowshoes & microspikes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: This hike is for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
Hello! My name is Eric Vermilya, and I was born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, on the edge of the Lexington Conservation Land. Growing up with the freedom to explore the woods, I developed a close relationship with the nature that surrounded me. This connection to the nature in my backyard really inspired me to pursue an education and jobs related to the environment. I attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated in Spring 2020 with a BS in Environmental Science.
After working for a few years as an Environmental Consultant, I have realized that my true passion is conservation, rather than remediation. I am extremely excited to join the SLA team and work with like-minded people to help protect and maintain the beautiful Squam Lake region. I love spending time outdoors and some of my favorite activities include sailing, biking, snowboarding, and frisbee.
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 the program.