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Squam as a Muse: Exploration of Access, Ecology, and Art

Squam Lakes Association
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Do you enjoy art and nature? Join Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) AmeriCorps member, Connor Piechota, on Saturday, March 31st from 4pm to 6pm for a walk around the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) campus to sketch the beautiful scenery while learning about the Squam Lakes watershed. Whether you are inspired by trees, birds, mountains, or a possible otter in Piper Cove, an artistic muse can come in many forms, and the landscape around the SLA headquarters can encourage your creation.

Participants will meet at the SLA headquarters, located at 534 US Rt 3 in Holderness and begin exploring the area, making careful observations of the natural surroundings to establish a unique connection. Put your artistic skills to the test while contemplating the working parts of an ecosystem and how every organism plays a role. Reflect upon the conservation efforts that are necessary to maintain such a peaceful environment and appreciate how these actions allow us to enjoy the lakes, mountains, trails, and other components of the Squam watershed. Reconvene at the back deck of the SLA to enjoy some hot cocoa and tea while soaking in the beauty of the open lake, islands, and mountains on the horizon, building inspiration for our scenic drawings.

Taking time out of your day to really see your surroundings is important to truly understanding and staying connected with the natural world. This program provides a special opportunity to the public, with the added bonus of sketching portions of the environment that we find particularly appealing. By the end of the program, participants will have a piece of art to commemorate their day out on Squam Lake, and have a better understanding of what kinds of conservation efforts go into maintaining healthy ecosystems within the watershed. Interested participants are encouraged to bring sketch paper and pencils, erasers, colored pencils, watercolors, and a camera (if desired).

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 spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs call our office at (603) 968-7336.