Location: Squam Lakes Association headquarters located at 534 US Rt 3, Holderness, NH 03245. 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:
It’s summertime, which means more insects and arthropods are out and about, including caterpillars! Not only do caterpillars evolve into pollinators like butterflies and moths, they’re also a key food source for migrating birds, making them an important part of any ecosystem. Join LRCC members Nikka and Ashley to learn about the importance of caterpillars and conduct data collection for Caterpillars Count!, a community science project. We’ll survey different sites around the SLA’s campus and record any caterpillars and other insects that we observe. Community science projects like this are important in understanding where to focus conservation efforts and how to get involved in research in your own time.
What to Bring: We’ll be walking in highly vegetated areas, so please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes that can get dirty. Please also bring bug spray, sunscreen, water, and snacks if you’d like.
Audience: All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
Hi! My name is Nikka. I graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Manhattan College in 2019 and now serve as a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member with the Squam Lakes Association. Although I thrive in urban spaces, I love being outside! I’m really excited to explore more of the outdoors, and New England, with SLA this year. In my free time, you can likely find me doing yoga, doing a crossword puzzle, or journaling.
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.