Keep your camping skills sharp and join us on November 14th from 12pm to 3pm for a special program on low-impact camping! Join Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) AmeriCorps member, Kyle Salmons, in the Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest for a hands on look at what it takes to set up an environmentally friendly campsite and develop universal camping skills.
Creating a low-impact campsite is essential in protecting the land, while also enjoying it. Whether it's Leave-No-Trace skills or just knowing how to properly create a bear hang, making sure that you leave the campsite just as you left it is paramount. Because some campsites are highly traveled, compaction of the soil and other human caused detriments are difficult to avoid, which can cause harm to the campsite and the surrounding forest.
By the end of the program, participants will be able to split wood with proper technique, prepare kindling, and start a campfire. Participants will also learn a number of knots. Knowing a plethora of different knots is important anytime that rope or line is being used such as when you are making a bear hang, or setting up a clothes line. The program is designed for adults, but participants are encouraged to bring children to learn these skills as well.
For more information, or to sign up for this Adventure Ecology Program, visit the SLA website (squamlakes.org) or contact the SLA directly (603-968-7336). The SLA also offers other Adventure Ecology events further into the fall/winter. These programs are open to the public and cover a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the LRCC members who are spending up to a year on Squam lake working on conservation efforts in support of the Association's mission.