Location: Meet at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest West Parking Lot, College Rd, Center Harbor, NH. 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:
During this program we will find and observe forest decomposers! Join LRCC member Nathan in exploring soil and plant matter in search of the fascinating creatures that the Squam watershed ecosystem relies on. We will hike the swamp trails of the forest looking for decaying plant matter, which we’ll closely observe to see what decomposers we can find–even a seemingly lifeless log might be teeming with interesting creatures! Expect to hike about 1.5 miles on mostly flat ground. Throughout the program, we’ll discuss the important role that decomposers play in the circle of life.
What to Bring: Water, hiking-appropriate shoes and clothes, sunscreen. Recommended: bug spray, gardening gloves, snacks. Gloves will be provided.
Audience: All are welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
Hi, my name is Nathan! I’m a recent college graduate from Phoenix, AZ, where I studied ecology because of my love for animals, biology, and conservation. One of my favorite things about nature is exploring it in search of wildlife! I’m new to the northeast US, and I’ve absolutely loved every moment of exploring these ecosystems and discovering species I’ve never seen before. I am no expert on decomposers (or anything, really), but I hope you join me in my exploration of CRMF in search of interesting little animals (and fungi!)
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.