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:
Join the SLA for a morning hike through Whitten Woods! This hike will be all about how trees prepare and adapt to the winter climate to make sure they survive the chilly season. We’ll hike out to the North Peak trail loop and point out different types of trees along the way, and note what changes and transformations they have gone through to ready themselves for the cold. We will also get a nice view of Little Squam on the trail, so make sure not to miss it!
What to Bring: Hikers should come prepared with weather-appropriate hiking gear (layers, rain gear, and extra socks/shirts/hats/etc.), snowshoes and/or microspikes (if necessary), comfortable shoes/boots for hiking, water, and thermos with hot drink/soup (optional). Masks for those who want to wear one though they are not required.
Microspikes and trekking poles are suggested and can be checked out from the Squam Lakes Association gear library if you do not have them.
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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
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.