Location: Meet at the Mead Base parking lot, which is at the end of Diamond Ledge Rd, Sandwich, NH
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Bring in the New Year with a hike up to Mt. Israel! We will hike up via the Wentworth trail. The Wentworth trail is a 1.9 mile trail that offers views of Squam Lake via an overlook on the way up, and views of the Sandwich Range from the summit of Mt. Israel. Once we summit, we will enjoy lunch before heading down via the same trail.
Although hikers may be familiar with the trails around Squam Lake during the summer, winter hiking in the region can provide a different perspective, and new appreciation, of the area. We encourage anyone interested in a more challenging excursion to join us on this guided hike, and get the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Squam Lakes Watershed during winter. In addition, there are a number of new and ongoing opportunities for members of the community to get involved in the conservation of the watershed. Participants will get to hear about the conservation work being done around Squam Lake, and ways that they can get involved in the coming months as they hike up to the summits.
What to Bring: Participants should bring appropriate clothing, water, food, 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.
Audience: This hike is for all ages, but is of moderate intensity and may increase in difficulty with any icy, snowy or rainy weather!
This Week's LRCC Guides:
Hi, my name is Kimberly Appleby and I am originally from Deland, Florida. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. I am interested in studying ecology to help minimize human impact to natural ecosystems. I enjoy kayaking, photography, and being around animals. I had an amazing summer serving as an LRCC member at the SLA. I am excited to be back for the winter term, and I look forward to continuing to share my knowledge and passion for our incredible natural surroundings.
Hi! My name is Adel Barnes and I’m originally from Seattle, Washington. In 2017, I graduated from the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon, not Maine—but I’m excited to visit this other Portland I keep hearing about) where I received a B.S. in biology with a focus on microbiology, as well as minors in English and philosophy. This summer I completed my first year of AmeriCorps service with the college-access nonprofit, College Possible, and I’m ecstatic to be joining the LRCC-SLA team for my second year. I anticipate that this will be a year full of adventures and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to give back to our environment. In my free time, you’ll probably catch me reading science fiction, heading to the coast for some tide pooling, trying to find someone to play volleyball with, and/or listening to Queen.
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 the program.