Location: Meet at the Whitten Woods Trailhead on Highland Street in Ashland, NH. 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:
Do more in the winter than survive, thrive! Join SLA for this short, easy to moderate ~2 mile hike in Whitten Woods where we will practice several acts of mindfulness and learn how to nature journal. Participants will receive a small journal (if personal journals are preferred, please bring yours!) to reflect and observe the winter wonders surrounding them through thoughtful and engaging prompts.
Audience: All ages who can write and sit quietly, as well as hike ~2 miles of easy to moderate trail, are welcome!
What to Bring: Liner, small, or finger-less gloves that are still comfortable to write with in cold conditions. Small journals will be provided, but personal journals are also great! Participants should bring appropriate clothing & extra layers, water, food, snowshoes and/or micro-spikes depending on conditions. The SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
Hello, my name is Amanda, and I am originally from Western Massachusetts! I have a B.S. in Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies, concentration in Wilderness Leadership, and a minor in Environmental Science from Westfield State University; and a M.S. in Natural Resources and a certificate in Environmental Education from the University of Idaho. Beyond my wordy degrees, I have lived and worked in several places across the United States within the last five years, from Cape Cod to the Puget Sound. I am very excited to be back in New England as I broaden my conservation horizons while in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire! Interests include hiking, canoeing, photosynthesizing in the sunshine, reading, snowboarding, playing the uke, sending postcards, and swimming laps.
My name is Sydney Kahl, and I am from Plymouth, New Hampshire. I graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York in May 2018 with an Environmental Studies degree, and minors in Creative Writing and Outdoor Studies. After graduating I spent the summer working for the Utah Department of Natural Resources as an Aquatic Invasive Species technician on Lake Powell, and then came back east to work at Lakes of the Clouds hut on Mt. Washington for the Appalachian Mountain Club this fall. I spent the summer of 2015 working for Squam Lakes Association as a Squam Conservation Intern, and I am very excited to be back as a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member for the winter!
SLA's Adventure Ecology Programs:
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.