Adventure Ecology: Backcountry Cooking: More than just Granola Bars and Trail Mix

SLA to Teach Effective Ways to Prepare Creative Meals in the Outdoors

Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) on July 22nd, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for an early morning backcountry cooking course. Ages 12 and up are welcome. If participants are under 12, please be accompanied by a parent.

There are many activities that can take us into the backcountry, but backpackers are often limited on the amount of meals they can carry. Having a good, hot meal while backpacking and camping can make all of the difference in the world. High levels of exercise cause us to burn energy more quickly, and harsh conditions can increase our need to intake food and calories. Learning new ways to cook light-weight, nutritious and good tasting food is a fun way to make the back-country experience more enjoyable for everyone.

Squam Conservation Intern, Erin Shilling, will lead a group on a short walk to a field by the SLA, and then learn some ways to prepare meals for backpacking and camping. The group will practice how to build a fire for cooking and will have the opportunity to cook some tasty dishes that is sure to satisfy the hungriest hiker. Erin will teach basics as well as some handy tips for how to make the most out of cooking in the backcountry.

By the end of this program, participants will know how to cook basic but tasty meals over a camp stove or open fire while out camping with limited resources.

For more information, or to sign up for this Adventure Ecology Program, visit the SLA website ( or contact the SLA directly (603-968-7336). The SLA also offers other Adventure Ecology trips throughout the summer. Every Friday from June 17 through August 19, these free programs are open to the public and cover a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Squam Conservation Interns who spend their summers on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission.

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