Adventure Ecology: Native Plant Talk and Walk

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00pm

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Join the Squam Lakes Association for a morning walk at Whitten Woods to discuss native plant species of the Squam Lakes region. SLA conservation intern, Tamara Few, will talk about the important role native flowers play in regard to pollinator species, the physical characteristics of native plants that benefit the environment, and why native plants should be incorporated into home gardens.

Native plants and flowers are fundamental to the workings of an ecosystem such as a forest or prairie, and have been evolving since the last glacial retreat around 18,000 years ago! Plant species in the Squam Lakes region have also evolved over time and wildlife, such as pollinators, have specially adapted to the changing plants, climate, and soils of the region. Due to the relationships between plants and wildlife, native plants are key to the overall health of an ecosystem.

While hiking in Whitten Woods, participants will walk the trails and identify native plants that showcase the role they play in the environment. Participants will leave with an understanding of native plant species and basic identification skills of common flower species in the region. 

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 16 through August 18, 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.