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Fireside Chats and Safety

Location: Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest West Fire Road parking lot.

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Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest is located off of College Rd. in Center Harbor, NH. This 169-acre forest is owned by the New England Forestry Foundation and has approximately 5 miles of trails managed by the Squam Lakes Association.


Registration: Space is limited to 12 people, please use the link below to register!

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This Week's Program: Join the LRCC at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest (CRMF) from 2pm-5pm on a quick 0.6 mile hike to the campsites starting at West Fire Road trailhead parking lot located on College Rd. We will hike in and have a chat about fire safety and learn some tips and tricks to start them. All experience levels are welcome! We encourage those who already know some tips or tricks to join us and share them.  We will teach you how to stay warm and how to safely build a fire. Learn or practice your fire building skills and chat with your other participants around a fire that you helped start! This is a great way to get your practice in before camping season starts up. 

What to Bring: Participants are welcome to bring their own sit pads if they have them (foam sleeping pads work great for this or even your own backpack works if it has a foam backing. You can also use blankets if you wouldn't mind getting dirty.) This is not required and would only help make you feel more comfortable. You should also bring headlamps with you for the hike out after the program, participants are welcome to leave early if walking in the dark is not comfortable. The SLA will have materials (matches, lighters, fire starters) for the program and teach you how to use them if you do not know how. 

Participants should bring their own food and water for the hike in and for something to eat around the fire if they want. 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 sit pads, snowshoes & microspikes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.

Audience: Adults and children are welcome to attend! This program is  for all skill and comfort levels. Anyone who has experience in starting fires and wants to share some tips or tricks, or anyone who would like to learn how should sign up for this program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This Week's SLA LRCC Guide:
Hello everyone my name is Meg Jacobs and I am a member of the Squam Lakes Association and am serving with the Lakes Region Conservation Corps. I am from Salisbury Massachusetts and went to school at the University of New Hampshire where I studied Wildlife Conservation and Biology. I have loved hiking since the day I was carried up a mountain by my parents, sadly no one carries me anymore but walking up on my own is just as fun. I love finding the perfect spot to sit and observe nature and can't wait for all the adventures I will find around the Squam Lakes!

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.