Guided Hike on Groundhog Day at the Col Trail

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Squam Lakes Association 534 US Route 3 Holderness, NH 03245 Click Here for a Google Map. Meet at the SLA and carpool to trailhead after indoor presentation.

Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.     

This Week's Program:

As you hike along the trail have you ever wondered what the tracks are in the snow going from tree to tree? Well, there is a good chance they are from a rodent and what better day to learn more about these critters than on a day that celebrates a rodent that has found fame. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the history of the holiday as well as information about groundhogs and other members of the Rodentia order that call the Squam Lakes Watershed their home. Following a short discussion at the SLA headquarters, we will carpool over to the Col Trail to take a hike, looking for signs of life in the forest. Total distance hiked will be about 2.4 miles with some earlier sections of the trail being moderately steep. We will be hiking the Col Trail which runs between East and West Rattlesnake from Pinehurst Road to a wetland area along the trail.

If you are interested in learning more about rodents and other animals native to NH check out the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center where you can see live animals on their Wild Winter Walks. They are hosting an animal tracking adventure on Wednesday, Feb. 27th. Click here to see their full calendar of events.

Audience: This program is geared towards older kids and adults.

What to Bring: Participants should bring appropriate clothing & extra layers, water, food, 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.

This Week's LRCC Guide: 

My name is Alex Reiber and I'm from St. Clair Shores, Michigan. I am a recent graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit where I studied Environmental Science and minored in Geology. I am a huge fan of the outdoors and in my free time enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, and kayaking. As a child, I spent a lot of time in northern Michigan which helped me to develop a strong connection with the natural world. This connection and the sense of peace I find from being outside are what drive me to pursue a career in conservation.

John Plummer: I grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a business degree. For a few years I stayed in my area of study, working as a technology project manager for a large insurance company. After not much time in this setting I knew I needed to seek out a more exciting and personal experience, so I left my cubicle to head back to my roots and head out to the woods. In 2015, I hiked Vermont's Long Trail and in 2017 I hiked the Appalachian Trail. Through these experiences I realized from then on I wanted to work for the land. Last year I worked as a solo backcountry caretaker for the Green Mountain Club. I love hiking, backpacking, skiing and drawing.

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.


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