Adventure Ecology: Nature's Secret Signs

SLA to Lead a Natural Navigation Walk Through Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest

Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) on June 24th, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for an afternoon of interesting and useful techniques on reading nature’s clues. All ages 12 & up are welcome. As part of the SLA Adventure Ecology program series, conservation intern Giovanni Senes will guide a group of participants in a fun and informative tour of the Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest. Participants will learn several techniques for finding south, interesting tricks for predicting weather, and other tidbits of information to, ever more precisely; help find your way home.

Before the age of smartphones and GPS, humans used a variety of navigation techniques such as watching the direction of the sun and the stars, or the creation of the compasses, which indicated direction relative to the Earth’s magnetic poles. During this walk, participants will learn how to create a natural sun-compass to find a more accurate north-south line based on the shadow of a stick. Giovanni Senes will also provide an explanation of different myths about using nature to navigate such as if moss grows on the north side of trees, or in which direction the sun rises and sets. By providing an explanation of how and why these myths came to be, participants will better understand, and become more aware, about the natural world around them.

These are not meant to be techniques that will replace the use of a compass. This talk alone will not be a replacement for the use of a compass or map; proper forecasting, and proper outdoor preparation, and should not be taken as such. Furthermore, these techniques are not failsafe and do require more practice than this program will provide before becoming useful in the field.

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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