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Students hike through Quarrybrook woods in a recent field class. Courtesy Photo.




Community Snow Hike 

Where: Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center, 39 Roulston Road, Windham
When: Saturday, Feb. 21, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
RSVP: meghan@quarrybrook.org 
Visit: quarrybrook.org

 





A walk in the snow
Snow hikes explore how wildlife adapts to winter

02/19/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



If you’re wondering what’s going on outside your cozy home this winter, the Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center is hosting a community snow hike Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Windham. Experienced instructors will lead the way, identifying trees and non-hibernating animals.  

“This will be an opportunity for people to enjoy the outdoors in a way they might not typically get to experience it,” said Meghan Lemke, education administrator of Quarrybrook. “Our hope is that the participants will embrace nature and enjoy the unique experiences only available in the deep snow.”
There will be four different hike options to accommodate all ages and skill levels (all leave promptly at 9:30 a.m.). The first is a toddler snow play area with organized games for families with children 5 and younger. Kids will be able to play with frozen bubbles, run through a snow maze and learn about the animals living under the snow. 
The second hike is for families with children ages 5 to 10 and individuals who do not want to use snowshoes. Hikers will learn to identify trees and learn how they adapt to winter. They’ll also explore a beaver dam and learn about beavers. 
Beginner snowshoers should attend the third hike, where they will be practicing their snowshoeing skills, moving slowly on an easy trail while identifying trees and exploring the evidence of winter animals.
The fourth hike is for experienced snowshoers interested in traveling the back portions of the Quarrybrook property. The trail is hilly, and hikers will keep a moderate pace with limited breaks. The hike will lead to the north end of the property near Flatrock Brook and follow the stream trail on the way back. 
“People should expect to see a beautiful wooded environment in winter with varying contour relief and some tributaries,” said Greg Averill, leader of the advanced snow hike. “Hikers will learn a bit about identifying trees during winter and how some trees do better in different locations.”
All hikes are led by full-time educators who are First Aid and CPR certified. Averill has led students and adults on hikes in all seasons through Outdoor Education Clubs and teen bushcraft courses. 
“Our mission is to provide visitors with interactive, hands-on educational experiences that inspire a sense of wonder and excitement for learning and the natural world.” said Lemke. 
Everyone should meet at the Center building at 9:30 a.m. to head out on the hike. Be sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes and dress warm. Don’t have snowshoes? The center is offering snowshoes for the hike to the first 50 hikers. After returning from the hikes, hikers are invited to warm up inside with hot chocolate. The event is free, but RSVP if you plan to attend. 
“People should go to get out and enjoy winter,” said Averill. “Winter doesn’t have to be an inside season. New England offers great scenes of winter beauty that are best experienced firsthand.” 
 
As seen in the February 19, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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