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Squam Lakes
Natural Science Center

23 Science Center Road
Holderness, NH 03245

(603) 968-7194

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Open daily, May 1-Nov 1

Nearer to Nature
Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, coyotes, raptors, river otters, bobcats, and more. Spend a day—take a self-guided tour of the animal exhibit trail and hiking trails, or learn more about our live animals with a docent-led tour, take a Squam Lake Cruise, enjoy the beauty of Kirkwood Gardens, and shop naturally in the Howling Coyote Gift Shop.

The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors for more than forty years about the importance of our natural world.

  • Take a walk outside and see live native New Hampshire wildlife while exploring hands-on educational exhibits on our Live Animal Exhibit Trail. It's fun for all ages!
  • Presentations feature up close visits with a variety of live animals such as beaver and peregrine falcon. Talks run five times daily July through August and on weekends through Columbus Day.
  • Experience pristine Squam Lake on 90-minute guided cruises and learn about the wildlife, ecology, and natural history of the region.
  • Year-round natural adventures educate and engage both children and adults. Week-long Guided Discoveries for children are offered all summer.
  • At Kirkwood Gardens, colorful plants in full bloom bring this informal garden to life, naturally attracting butterflies and birds. Enjoy delicious snacks and sandwiches at Kirkwood Café.
  • Visit the Howling Coyote Gift Shop for gifts, toys, books, and apparel inspired by nature.

LOON CRUISES: June 9 to August 29: Mondays and Friday at 3:00 p.m.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is delighted to join forces with our friends and colleagues at the Loon Preservation Committee (LPC). Offered twice a week these cruises focus on Common Loon conservation, biology, and monitoring. A Science Center naturalist joins a LPC biologist who guides the tour and discusses the work LPC does across the state and on Squam to protect these extraordinary birds. The cruise route is chosen to maximize Loon observations. Click here for more information!

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and is open daily from May 1 through November 1. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in all of northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.NHNature.org.

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