Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
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Located in central New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center’s mission is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world using the outdoors as a classroom and live native New Hampshire animals as teaching ambassadors.
Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors for forty years about the importance of our natural world. Check the website for frequent events and programs.
Learn about native animals including the black bear, raptors, mountain lion, bobcat, river otter, and more.
In the Gordon Children’s Activity Center, visitors young and old can climb a giant spider web, crawl through an underground tunnel, hear the sounds of nocturnal animals, invent their own plant or insect, climb through a two-story learning tree, and much more! The Gordon Children’s Activity Center is a fun stop for more hands-on learning about natural concepts.
Visitors may tour three miles of self-guided trails featuring:
1) the 3/4-mile Gephart Exhibit Trail displaying native wildlife in woodland enclosures and buildings with hands-on interactive exhibits;
2) the Ecotone Trail, a 2/3-mile track along a forest and field edge;
3) the Mt. Fayal Trail, a 1-mile loop to the top of a small mountain with a view of Squam Lake; and
4) the Forest Trail, a 2/3-mile trail demonstrating forest management and ecology.
Kirkwood Gardens, showing how plants attract birds and butterflies, is free to the public. Staff naturalists present natural history programs year round ranging from lake ecology cruises to outdoor activity-based programs to indoor live animal programs.
The Kirkwood Café serves top-quality gourmet snacks, sandwiches, and beverages for you to enjoy on the porch or terrace overlooking Kirkwood Gardens.
Open daily on May 1 through November 1.
Trails open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm with last admission at 3:30 pm
Adults: $15;Youth (3-15): $10; Senior: $12; 2 and under: Free; Members: Free
23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH, 03245 map
Exit 24 off I-93.
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