Location: Meet at Whitten Woods Trailhead: Highland St., Ashland, NH 03217 (carpooling encouraged) 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 Whitten Woods, a plot of land with an interesting history. As we explore the trails, we will discuss the history of the land, how it got its name, the partnered ownership and management, and future ideas for the area. This program is open to all who are comfortable with a 2.2 mile hike with a few short steep sections. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The group will meet at the Whitten Woods trail head, and from there we will hike in to the North Peak loop, following it counter-clockwise. On our way out we will stop at the South Peak for lunch overlooking the Squam Lakes, before heading back to the trail head. End time is tentative, the program may end earlier than scheduled.
What to Bring: Weather appropriate shoes and clothing for hiking, food for lunch, water.
Audience: Individuals comfortable with hiking about 2.2 miles at a slow pace, with a couple of short but steep sections. Children are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's LRCC Guides:
Hi, my name is Danielle Plumlee (picture left)! I'm originally from Oregon, before I came over to Maine for school, in search of snow. I studied Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine, minoring in Professional Writing. My personal interest in my field is in human impacts on the environment, and working towards bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and public awareness. This is my second term serving at the Squam Lakes Association and I am looking forward to the chance to gain some l knowledge on conservation and education during the winter months with the LRCC! In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking, and finding beautiful views.
Hey, there! I'm Maggy, from Long Island, New York and recently graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Sustainability Sciences. I used to train assistance dogs to help people with disabilities become more independent in their daily lives which sparked my love for animals. After hearing Steve Irwin's voice in the back of my head telling me to go a little further, I soon nudged myself into pursuing a career in the environmental sciences and became very interested in wildlife and conservation. The Squam Lakes Region has always had a special place in my heart as it is my childhood vacation spot; I can't wait to be doing my part in making sure it remains healthy and beautiful. I'm excited for all of the great experiences this year is going to bring, to further explore New Hampshire, and learn as much as I can about how to protect and maintain our awesome planet! If you can't find me in my bed with a bagel or in the kitchen reheating pizza, I'm typically out in the woods hiking, fishing, exploring, or petting some stranger's dog. I love going out to spot wildlife, watch meteor showers, or finding great views!
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 the program.