Re-Skill-ience Workshop Series

G.A.L.A. hosts hands-on homesteading and bushcraft workshops about everything from beekeeping to fermenting foods to grafting and beyond! Learn more here.

Start a Study Circle

Every year G.A.L.A. helps communities in NH organize Study Circles – small groups of people coming together to learn about topics of sustainability in a fashion similar to a book club.  Learn more.

Sustain-A-Raisers and You!

Sustain-A-Raisers are volunteer-led installations of raised garden beds, rain barrels, compost bins, cold frames, and clotheslines! Inquire about hosting or volunteering for a Raiser today!

Wolfeboro Cleanup Day, 2017

cleanup day

On Saturday, May 6th area residents are invited to participate in the annual Wolfeboro’s Spring Curbside Cleanup in conjunction with Valley Pride Day. Many families, civic groups, and businesses have made this volunteer activity an annual tradition – a great way to neatly tuck away the long winter and fully embrace the lush season ahead.

If you are interested in participating in Wolfeboro Town Cleanup Day there will be two tables open from 8:30am to 11:30 where you are asked to register – Wolfeboro Town Garage at 47 Pine Hill Rd. or in front of Cate Park, across from the Wolfeboro Post Office. Each registration table will be stocked with gloves and bags for all volunteers, as well as a list of street assignments for you to choose from if you do not already have one in mind. Registration is important to help the crew at the Wolfeboro Solid Waste Facility know which streets to collect bags the following day.

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Map & Compass 101

Map & Compass 101

With Tom Belluscio
Saturday, April 29th, 1-4pm
At Castle in the Clouds Trailhead


Local organization Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is excited to announce the next feature in their 2017 NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshops are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience.  The next workshop, Map and Compass 101, takes place on Saturday, April 29th from 1-4pm, at Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area located at the trailhead across from the entrance to the Castle’s bottling plant atop Ossipee Park Road off of Rt. 171.

Tom Belluscio is an experienced Registered Maine Guide and certified Wilderness First Responder specializing in wilderness skills instruction, as well as canoe and snowshoe expeditions in Northern Maine and the Moosehead Lake region. Having spent a considerable amount of time in backcountry settings, from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey to the North Maine Woods, the ability to navigate has proven itself to be an indispensable skill.

Come to this workshop and learn basic navigation skills using a map and compass to travel through the backcountry with confidence. In this hands on, mostly outdoor class you’ll learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them together. You’ll learn how to pinpoint your location through triangulation and then navigate to new locations by following a bearing. You’ll also learn some tricks for orienting yourself with nothing but the world around you.

Participants will need to bring a compass with a baseplate which can be obtained at any sporting goods store, and a means of taking notes. Please come prepared for an afternoon in the outdoors. Bring snacks, a water bottle, a warm layer of clothing and rain gear should the weather call for it.

According to Tom, “We say that a person is lost if they are unsure of where they are and don’t know how to get back to where they were. Hence, getting lost is easy. Fortunately navigation is, too.”

Participants will be learning these new skills at the beautiful and scenic Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area in the Ossipee Mountains of Moultonborough and Tuftonboro, a site consisting of over 5,000 conserved acres, the largest property owned and maintained by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT). A dedicated and enthusiastic team of LRCT volunteers maintains thirty miles of trails throughout this conservation area.

This workshop takes place from 1-4pm at Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area located at the trailhead across from the entrance to the Castle’s bottling plant atop Ossipee Park Road off of Rt. 171. The cost to participate in the workshop is $15.00. Pre-registration is requested HERE, or by calling 603-539-6460.

Community Contra Dance, Sat. April 22nd

This Saturday, April 22nd is the fourth Saturday GALA Contra Dance, at the Great Hall in Wolfeboro’s Town Hall from 7-10.

No partners needed, family friendly, and dancing is easily learned by all ages in the first couple dances of the evening.

Favorite local Byron Ricker of Holderness will call the dances. The Fiddling Thomsons, joined by Paul Mangion and Demaris have an unusually wide array of musical styles, making this a particularly delightful dance band.

[Note for your calendar! In May and June the 4th Saturday Contra series will take a break, making room for a pair of Sunday afternoon rare Mostly Waltz dances, with a 1 hour class to start each. Free to you due to a sponsorship, these will be a perfect way for the public to prepare for the summer party, wedding and prom season. The dates, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, make them particularly inviting for kids and parents to celebrate together!]

The Contra Dance admission is $8.00-adults; $5.00- 6-18; 5-and under free. Large families or those under financial hardship are encouraged to pay only as able since all are welcome!. Bring an extra pair of non-black-soled shoes, or brush them at the door to protect the wooden floors.  See GALA at, for volunteering or more information or contact, 603-539-6460.