This Week's Program:
Join the Squam Lakes Association on January 20th from 9 am to 1 pm for a moderate intensity hike of Red Hill. As part of the SLA Adventure Ecology program series, Lakes Region Conservation Corps member Ben Grunwald will lead participants, ages 12 and up, snowshoeing up Eagle Cliff Trail to the summit of Red Hill. Participants will meet at the Eagle Cliff trailhead and should be prepared with cold weather hiking gear as well as water and snacks for the hike. Snowshoes will be available for use, but participants are welcome to bring their own.
Although hikers may be familiar with the trails around Squam Lake during the summer, snowshoeing in the region can provide a different perspective, and new appreciation, of the area. As a Squam Rangers hike, this program is aimed at more experienced hikers who are interested in completing all of trails in the Squam Lakes network. However, 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 Lake 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 snowshoe up to the summit.
All ages, experienced hikers willing and able to hike 5+ miles in winter conditions.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
My name is Ben Grunwald, and I am a LRCC member from Durham, North Carolina. I recently graduated from the College of Wooster, in Wooster, OH, with a degree in biology. My interests are primarily on reptile and amphibian conservation/ecology, which has included time volunteering with the NC Herpetological Society and my senior thesis on lizards in Costa Rica.
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.