Membership at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a great value! You may come often and stay all day, every day, during regular operating hours, from May 1 through November 1. Click on the question below to see the answer.
How many guests does my membership allow?
How do I decide which membership level is best for me?
I am considering a Four-Person membership. How many people may enter for each visit?
May I put more names than just my own on a membership card?
How old must I be to have a membership in my name?
May I give my membership card to a friend or family member to use for a visit?
Must I accompany my guests?
How many membership cards will I receive?
May I use my membership to bring my church group, Girl Scout troop, or my child's school field trip?
If I forget to bring my membership card, can I still visit for free?
How do I replace a lost membership card?
If another cardholder on my membership doesn't come with me, may I bring someone else in their place?
May I send my children with their grandparents?
When and where may I purchase extra guest trail admission tickets?
Do I get discounted admission to Science Center programs and events as a member?
Is my membership accepted at other organizations?
What is the discount offered to members of other AZA organizations that participate in the AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program?
What is the admission discount offered to members of other ANCA organizations that participate in the ANCA Reciprocal Membership Program?
How can I purchase or renew my membership?
May I purchase or renew a gift membership for someone else?
If I buy my membership today, when may I begin using it?
If I decide to join after my visit, may I apply the cost of my general admission tickets towards a membership?
Is my membership fee tax deductible?
Yes. Membership fees are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Your payment, less the fair market value (FMV) of goods and services received, is deductible for income tax purposes.
The IRS allows members of qualified 501(c) 3 organizations to accept certain insubstantial membership benefits. Since the estimated value of benefits for some membership levels is insubstantial, the full amount of membership fees is deductible for those levels.
For annual membership payments over $75, you may deduct as a charitable contribution only the excess of the membership payment over the estimated fair market of the benefits included in the membership.
For upper level memberships, which receive Trail Passes (valued at $10 each) and/or Lake Cruise Passes (valued at $21 each), the tax deductible amount of your membership payment is reduced. Gift memberships offered as benefits for some levels do not affect the fair market value of your membership or reduce the deduction.
The tax deductible amount will be provided on your membership acknowledgment letter. You may also see more information in the chart below.
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Should you wish to have your membership be fully tax deductible, you may waive your substantial benefits and you will not receive Trail or Cruise Passes or gift memberships, but will continue to receive free admission and discounts.
Memberships paid through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) are not eligible to receive extra benefits with a substantial fair market value. Payments from DAFs may only be used to pay for memberships with insubstantial or no fair market value ($125 or less). Payments from DAFs for memberships with substantial benefits having a fair market value ($150 or more) must waive extra benefits.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID number is 02-0271824. Prices and fair market values are subject to change. Please consult a tax advisor with questions.
If I give a gift to the Annual Fund, am I a member?
Will I receive a renewal request before my membership expires?
Is my membership good for a calendar year or for a full year from time of purchase?
Do I lose any time on my membership if I renew early?
What happens if I upgrade my membership before the expiration date?
What if there is an error on my membership card?
I've already renewed my membership, but I continue to receive renewal notices. Should I be concerned?
How do I submit an address change?
What is free admission to trails and exhibits?
When is the best time to visit?
Do members have to pay for parking?
How will I keep informed about Science Center events and news?
Don't see your question listed? Contact the Membership Office at 603-968-7194 x 31. We appreciate your support!