Adventure Ecology: Scavenger Hunt through Navigation

SLA to Lead a Scavenger Hunt using Navigational Skills

Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) on July 8th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for a morning of scavenger games to help learn how to navigate with compasses. All ages are welcome, and family groups are encouraged to come together. As part of the SLA Adventure Ecology program series, conservation intern Maggie Gaiero will guide a group of participants in a fun exploration of navigational skills. Participants will learn how to use a compass through adventure games and scavenger hunts.

“Basic navigation skills are so important for everyone to be familiar with,” says Gaiero. “I grew up exploring the forests behind my house and after all the time I spent wandering around lost, I wish I had known then what I know about compasses now.”

Approximately 85% of New Hampshire is covered in forested land, of which about 71% is owned by individuals. Adventure lives in everyone’s bones, and wouldn’t it be nice to know that if you got turned about while out, that you had the skill set to help you navigate back home? Even hiking trails can sometimes become confusing, and having a compass with you is highly advised. The first step in hiking safe is to be prepared with knowledge and gear.

Hiking trails do exist to help conserve the natural wilderness by limiting the region of earth that becomes compacted from foot traffic. Even one person wandering off trail could leave a trace behind them, causing others to follow. Compass navigational skills do not replace trails, but they can help you a great deal should you find yourself off of a trail, or wandering around the woods behind your house.

“Navigation skills aren’t just useful when roaming about the woods,” says Gaiero. “They are also good for road trips to a new place, boating about a lake, or finding your way around town.

By the end of the program, participants will be knowledgeable enough to find different cardinal directions, through group story games and individual scavenger hunts.

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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