Location: Meet at the Belknap Woods trailhead located at 452 NH-25B, Center Harbor, NH 03226. 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:
Join the SLA for a Walk ‘n Talk through Belknap Woods, a plot of land that features plenty of prime wetland and many other beautiful natural ecosystems to explore. As we hike/snowshoe the outer trails loop, we will discuss the history of the land, how it was acquired, and the natural features of the land. This is meant to be a loosely guided discussion as we explore the natural beauty of Belknap Woods, from beaver ponds to prime wetlands to hard- and soft-wood forests. There will be an opportunity for lunch/snacks during the program. End time is tentative, the program may end earlier than scheduled.
What to Bring: Participants should bring extra layers that can be taken off/added on to stay warm and dry, rain/snow gear, a hat, an extra pair of socks, any sort of medication you may need, hiking boots, snowshoes or microspikes (dependent on conditions), snacks/lunch, and plenty of water (maybe a thermos of your favorite warm drink). SLA is able to provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: Individuals comfortable with hiking about 2 miles at a slow pace. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's LRCC Guides:
My name is Danielle Plumlee. I grew up in Oregon, nestled between Portland and the coast in the northernmost reaches of the Willamette valley. Looking to expand my horizons, I got my undergraduate degree in Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine. This is my second term serving at the SLA, and I’m looking forward to continue serving and learning throughout the Winter season.
Hi, I’m Micaela Wells! I emerged from my childhood woodlands in Wisconsin four years ago to attend Hope College in Holland, Michigan, from which I graduated this spring with my B.S. in Biology. You can generally identify me in the wild by my bared feet and twig-strewn hair, despite my mother's best attempts to make a lady out of me. I've whiled away many happy seasons camping, hiking, climbing, and pursuing just about every possible outdoor physical activity; the list is always getting longer. I can't wait to start making new friends, meeting new plants, and helping to conserve new biomes out on the East Coast!
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 perform 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.