Location: Meet at West Rattlesnake parking lot. The parking lot is on the south side of NH-113, about 5.3 miles from the 113/US-3 junction. Click here for a google map.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 6 people so that appropriate social distancing can be observed between the LRCC members and participants. Click here to register for this program.
*Program leaders will email registrants a day or two before the program with details regarding location, what to bring, and safety protocols.
This Week's Program:
Come along for a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain and stargaze with LRCC member, Dena! We will sit at the top and admire the night sky while discussing the origin stories of constellations such as how the Big Dipper got its name. The aesthetic of Squam Lake at night will also provide a lovely backdrop for the glistening stars above. The two hour program includes the 0.9 mile hike up and down Rattlesnake as well as the stargazing session at the top. Be prepared for the weather and if necessary, we will notify you of a cancellation or rescheduling.
Big Dipper & Comet Neowise photo taken by Leigh Ann Reynolds.
Audience: 12 years old and up and children must be accompanied by an adult.
What to Bring: Participants should have warm clothing (jacket, warm hat, warm socks, gloves), sneakers or hiking boots, headlight/lantern/flashlight, a pad or chair to sit on, a blanket, personal binoculars or telescope (optional),snacks, and maybe a thermos with your favorite warm beverage. Please also bring a facemask to be worn while around larger groups of people, such as at the trailhead.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
Hi! My name is Dena Hoffman and I'm from Hudson, New Hampshire. I recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire where I earned a degree in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in ecosystems. The impacts that people have on the environment and how ecosystems work are some things that I'm very passionate about and I'm always looking to learn more! I also like yoga, painting, walking on trails, reading, and looking at the stars. One of my other favorite pastimes is playing with my dog and doing photo shoots with him.
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.