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Natural Encounters Outreach Programs

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents one-hour programs featuring live animals and led by our expert naturalists. Select from a variety of informative and inspiring programs or let us create a customized program to match your interests.

"All of the students, no matter what the age (and believe me, I’m including all the adults that attended in this statement), were enthralled by all the animals and learned so much. …it was an extraordinary worthwhile experience, and quite simply, great!"

Programs for All Ages

Animal Athletes
Animals are truly amazing athletes. Did you know a mountain lion can leap 15 feet in the air or that a peregrine falcon can reach speeds of 240 mph? Join a naturalist from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, along with three wild animal athletes (no mountain lions though), to learn how speed, strength, and agility help them to survive. You ’ll even be able to compare your own athletic abilities to some of New Hampshire’s wild athletes!  (2016 Summer Library Reading Program)

Animals with Bad Reputations
Can you think of any conflicts wildlife have with people? The public image of some animals is often inaccurate and can result in negative attitudes. A Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist will introduce you to three live animals that have a bad “rep” and help you consider the good side of these wild neighbors.

Aquatic Critters
Water is essential for all life on our planet. From marshes and ponds to lakes and rivers, aquatic communities support an amazing array of life. Join a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist to meet three different live animals all dependent on New Hampshire’s waters and learn about their habitats, adaptations, and populations..

Coded Messages
When people smile, shout, or shake hands, we understand their message.  Animals communicate in a variety of ways too. Join a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist and three live animal ambassadors to learn how and why wild animals communicate.

Creatures of the Night
How do wild animals find food in the dark or escape predators? You don't have to stay up late to get a close look at elusive nocturnal creatures. Meet three live creatures of the night with a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist to learn surprising details of their adaptations, which make them well-suited for night life.

Earth Heroes
The Peregrine Falcon was once on the brink of extinction. These awe-inspiring aerial hunters are again soaring across New Hampshire’s skies thanks to the passion and dedication of people we like to call Earth Heroes. During this program, a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist will introduce you to three live animals native to New Hampshire, including a Peregrine Falcon, and share the inspiring stories of three Earth Heroes whose work helped to ensure the survival of some amazing animals. m)

New Hampshire Wildlife
Are you curious about the critters that inhabit the Granite State? Join a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist to meet three wild animals that you could encounter in our forests, fields, or wetlands.  Discover what makes them well-suited for life in New Hampshire.

Owls of New Hampshire
Who calls in the night? Who glides on shadowy wings in silent flight? What makes owls such extraordinary night hunters? A Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist will introduce you to three of our state's owls to help you find out what is myth or fact about these amazing nocturnal birds.

Why Do Animals Do That?
Why do animals throw up when they're not sick? Why do they gnaw on wood if they don't eat it? With a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist and three live animal ambassadors we'll explore some of wildlife’s unusual behaviors and reveal the benefits of these peculiar habits.

Wildlife in Motion
Animal movements are specialized for where creatures live – fish swim, birds fly. How they move and precisely why are more of a mystery. Join a naturalist and three live animals from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to learn about New Hampshire wildlife and how movement helps wild animals survive in their natural habitats.

Programs for Adults

Coyotes
Have you seen a coyote in the wild? Do they fascinate you? Do you fear them? Join a naturalist from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to learn about this member of the dog family through images, story, sound, and a visit with a live coyote. Learn about the role these effective predators play in the natural world and the fascinating story of their population growth in New England. This program has special distance and facility requirements. Call for details.

The Truth about Bats
Bats have been surrounded by myths for years. It is time to learn the truth!  A Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist will share the many amazing features of bats such as echolocation, flight, and feeding habits. Learn about White Nose Syndrome, the disease now devastating native bats, and what it means for their future. Meet live bats and be inspired to help protect these misunderstood creatures as we explore the unique roles these nocturnal mammals play in our world.

Beaver:  Nature’s Architects
Beavers are a keystone species, important because many other kinds of wildlife depend upon them for survival. Beaver dams create ponds that attract creatures as large as moose to feed on aquatic plants and as small as dragonflies to lay their eggs. How does a beaver construct its dam? What makes beaver lodges safe from predators? What adaptations help beaver stay underwater for as long as 15 minutes? Come explore beaver country with a naturalist from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and meet a live beaver up close.

Interested in one of these topics for a younger audience? The animals featured in these programs may be included in many of the For All Ages programs listed above.

Program Rates
$325 - one program reserved
$300 - 2 to 6 programs reserved
$275 - 7 or more programs reserved
$200 - Camp Members
Plus travel fee based on IRS rate per mile round trip.

Non-profit Rates
$250 - one program reserved
$225 - 2 to 6 programs reserved
$200 - 7 or more programs reserved
$200 - Camp Members
Plus travel fee based on IRS rate per mile round trip.

To book your outreach program please contact Education Director Audrey Eisenhauer at 603-968-7194 x 14.

Please note: programs will not be scheduled for a start time later than 7:30 p.m. Programs are subject to staff availability.

To see programs available for schools, please use the links below.
Grades Pre-2
Grades 3-6
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

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