Location: Meet at Whitten Woods trailhead off of Highland Street in Ashland. Click here for a google map.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 10 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Calling all winter walkers and silly sweater enthusiasts! Join LRCC members Paul and Kyle for a sweatered saunter around Whitten Woods, where you are encouraged to wear a fun or favorite sweater for this hike if you have one. The trails around Whitten Woods will take us a little over 2 miles through gradual hilly terrain with a few pleasant viewing areas. We may be wearing sweaters, but we’re not trying to work up a sweat here so we’ll take things at a relaxed pace and savor this trail like a fine glass of eggnog. Winter is an underrated yet especially great time to appreciate the peaceful character of our natural surroundings so come and explore Whitten Woods with us, and strut your style for the chipmunks and the chickadees to appreciate! End time is tentative and especially weather dependent this time of year, so we may even end earlier than scheduled.
What to Bring: Hikers should pack water and trail snacks, and wear a fun sweater, or just your favorite one, but if you don’t have any or don’t want to wear one, don’t sweat it and come along for the walk anyway! Participants should be sure to still have appropriate attire and layering for winter hiking, extra layers, and comfortable water resistant hiking shoes as well as snowshoes and/or microspikes depending on conditions.
The SLA can provide snowshoes & microspikes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: All ages welcome from Tiny Tims to Ebeneezers Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
Happy Hike-adays! My name is Paul, and I’m a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member serving a full term here at the SLA. I’m originally from a small town in the northernmost reaches of New York State where the bitter cold froze a deep appreciation for fun sweaters into me. Can’t wait to see the ones you all will be wearing! In my free time I enjoy playing tunes on a number of instruments, folding paper, and staying warm.
Hey All! I’m Kyle, a Lakes Region Conservation Corp AmeriCorps member serving at the Squam Lakes Association. I’m originally from Bedford, New Hampshire, and I studied at Plymouth State University just north of Holderness and the Squam Lakes. In my spare time, you can find me in a kayak, on the trails, or strumming away at the six string!
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.