FREEDOM — Green Mountain Conservation Group’s is inviting all interested parties to attend its annual Watershed Weekend celebration Saturday, July 28, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Camp Calumet, located on Ossipee Lake Road in Freedom. All are welcome to attend one event or the whole day of free events.
Throughout the day a variety of activities will be taking place. The day will kick off with a pontoon boat ride scheduled for 1 p.m., guided by N.H. Fish and Game staff. Get out on the lake and learn about lake wildlife and ecology. At 2:30 p.m., join Calumet hiking guide Jerry Knirk for a walk on Calumet’s outer limits trail. Walk through pine barrens and burn sites to a lovely view of the Ossipee and Sandwich Mountain ranges as well as Jackman’s ridge in Ossipee. Knirk will conclude the afternoon portion of the event with a 4 p.m. pontoon boat ride on the lake, where visitors can look for wildlife and learn about the Ossipee Lake water systems.
What separates this year’s event from previous years is a featured interactive art display. The installation titled WOW! – “Wonders of the Ossipee Watershed” was created by youth from around the watershed (and includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, poetry, and photography) and will be displayed along with information about the natural resourses in the area. Families can walk through the display and learn more about surface water, groundwater, aquifers, and other natural resources. Along with the display will be various stations where art can be created. Work with local artists Magi Leland, Marney Cobbs and Barbara Bald to create paintings, books, jello prints and search for macroinvertebrates (water bugs). You will even be able to paint your own T-shirts if you feel inspired.