Snow: the Rimes and Reasons

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Meet at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest West Parking Lot, College Rd, Center Harbor, NH 03226, USA. Click Here for a Google Map.

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

This Week's Program:

Have you ever wondered how ice crystals (aka rime) are formed? How many different kinds of snow there are? Whether snowflakes are really all unique, or not? Bundle up in your warmest winter hiking gear and join the Squam Lakes Association on Saturday, Dec. 7th, from 10:00-12:00 to finally get some answers! Lakes Region Conservation Corps members Micaela Wells and Moses Shafer will lead a walk n' talk on snow formation and teach participants the basics of snowflake identification.

During this 1.8 mile loop hike we will discuss the effects of temperature and humidity on snow formation, the main forms of snow, the origins of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, atmospheric cloud physics, and more! Participants will also have the opportunity to practice snow identification through a group activity, and will hopefully come away from the program with an increased understanding and love for the natural processes that sustain the Squam Lakes watershed.


What to Bring: Participants should bring extra layers that can be taken off/added on to stay warm and dry, raingear, a hat, an extra pair of socks, any sort of medication you may need, hiking boots, snowshoes or microspikes (dependent on conditions), snacks, and plenty of water. 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 program is open to all ages capable of hiking a 1.8-mile loop on flat winter terrain. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

This Week's Guide: 

Hi, I’m Micaela Wells! I earned my B.S. in Biology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and then left my childhood woodlands behind to pursue fame and fortune with AmeriCorps here on the East Coast. You can generally identify me in the wild by my bared feet and twig-strewn hair (often even in the winter), despite my mother's best attempts to make a lady out of me. I enjoy any form of outdoor adventure, and never grow tired of learning about the natural world.

My name is Moses and I am from West Virginia. I studied Environmental Science and Biology at Marshall University. While I was there I learned a lot about aquatic ecology and plant ecology. I am interested in identifying wildflowers, fungi, trees, and whatever wildlife I can find (especially salamanders). In my spare time I like to make apple cider, backpack wilderness areas, and fish.

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 LRCC.


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