Nearer to Nature Walk: Cotton Mountain and the Battle of the Invasives

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Meet at Cotton Mountain. Click Here for a Google Map. 

Registration: There is no charge for this program but reservations are required. Call the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center at 603-968-7194 x 7 to register.  Advance registration is required by noon the day before the program. If minimum enrollment is not met, programs may be cancelled. Walk-ins may be accommodated if space is available.

This Week's Program:

Invasive plant species threaten the ecology of a region, frequently out-competing native species but not providing equivalent sources of food and shelter. Senior Naturalist Dave Erler from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, will help you learn to identify these intruders while exploring the Cotton Mountain Trail. Learn how to remove some of these unwanted species with Lakes Region Conservation Corps member Maggie Upham. Maggie will also share information about how to manage invasive plants in your own yard. 



For ages 15 to adult

What to Bring: 

Hiking clothes and water.

This Week's LRCC Guide: 

My name is Maggie, I grew up in Swampscott Massachusetts,  a small but beautiful seaside community north of Boston. I have always loved the outdoors and have spent a lot of my time hiking and enjoying the natural environment. This love of the outdoors followed me to college where I obtained a bachelor of science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening and tending to my many plants, cooking with my friends, swimming, camping, and identifying birds and other wildlife. I am incredibly passionate about conservation, environmental education, and outreach.

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.


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