We’re not the only part of nature that has to survive a long cold winter. How do our friends the trees, plants and shrubs do it?
Join Chocorua Lake Conservancy Stewardship Director Lynne Flaccus to explore the late winter trails of the CLC Clark Reserve, looking at winter twigs and exploring adaptations that plants use to survive winter. How can you identify winter trees and shrubs by their buds or bark? How do plants survive freezing temps? Do they photosynthesize even during freezing temperatures? What is the “evergreen advantage”? Bring your curiosity, questions and your own knowledge to share!
Careful observations in the mid-winter woods can turn up hidden answers about the natural world and lead to discoveries no matter what the temperature. We’ll follow moderate trails and wood roads on a loop of about 1.5 miles in length. Snow conditions may call for snowshoes or x-country skis if you have them. Dress in layers for the temperature, bring water and a snack if you’d like. We’ll meet at the head of the “Old Mail Rd.” on Chocorua Lake Rd., just east and downhill from the intersection of Philbrick Neighborhood Rd. Call the CLC office at 603-323-6252 the day before if you have questions about conditions and parking.