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A Starry Night Hike on West Rattlesnake

Location: We will meet at the Rattlesnake parking lot and hike to the summit of West Rattlesnake via Old Bridle Path. Click here for a google map link.

About one third of the Rattlesnakes are located on the Armstrong Natural Area, owned by the University of New Hampshire. Five Finger Point is also owned by UNH and the lands surrounding these conservation areas are privately owned. Other partners include Squam Lakes Conservation Society (who owns East Rattlesnake Preserve), Pinehurst Association (of which Lakes Region Conservation Trust holds a conservation easement on a portion of land), Webster Land Co, and Rockywold Deephaven Camps (where SLCS holds an easement on a portion of land).


Registration: Space is limited to 8 people, please use the link below to register!

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This Week's Program: Join LRCC’s Peter Laskin for a short nighttime hike up West Rattlesnake and (weather permitting) a chance to look at the stars, planets, and constellations populating the sky this time of year. We’ll talk about what’s going on in the winter sky, threats to our ability to see the stars, and what they mean for humans and animals. Come prepared to hike at night in cold temperatures: participants should bring extra layers, a headlamp or flashlight (red light mode preferred but not required), and microspikes or snowshoes. SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. If the weather does not cooperate for viewing, we will still enjoy an easy hike and get to experience one of Squam’s most popular trails at a less typical time of day.

What to Bring: Please pack water and any hiking snacks you may want. Participants should also bring a headlamp or a flashlight as it is a night hike. Located in this link is a quick Winter hiking checklist that can be followed to help you pack for both this hike or any others that you might be going on soon. Participants should also be sure to have appropriate attire and layering for winter hiking, extra layers, and comfortable water resistant hiking shoes as well as snowshoes and/or microspikes depending on conditions. 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: This program is open to everyone. Any children must be accompanied by an adult.

This Week's SLA LRCC Guide:
Peter Laskin is a recent college graduate (who did not major in astronomy) and recovering space enthusiast. As a child, he wanted to be an astronaut when he grew up, but in growing up he learned that becoming an astronaut is way more work than becoming a science educator. He did a lot of stargazing as a kid through public viewing nights at a local observatory, and is excited to share with you what he can remember.

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. 

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.