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Live Animal Outreach Programs

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center outreachInvite us to bring outdoor live wildlife programs to your site or enjoy a virtual presentation for your group!

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center animal outreach programs feature live animals and are 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!"

Virtually Wild Programs:

Unable to bring groups together at your facility? Bring our live animal outreach programs to your group in the comfort of their own homes. Our Virtual Live Animal Outreach programs are 45 minutes in length, taught by our expert Naturalists, and feature two live animal ambassadors. Programs are best for 40 or fewer logins. See rates below.

How does a Virtual Outreach Program work?

  • Science Center Naturalists connect securely to program participants via Zoom. This platform allows us to incorporate a lot of interactivity into the program and provide a more personal experience for program participants.
  • We utilize all recommended security features for Zoom meetings. During the program, participants will not be able to unmute themselves or screen share, and comments in the chat will not be visible by other program participants.
  • Live animals are right in front of the camera, giving program participants a closer look than they may get at an in-person program.
  • The host organization will need to have participants register in advance of the program. The maximum number of participants (logins) is 100, but participants will have a much better experience with a group size of 40 or fewer so that we can include as much interactivity during the program as possible. If you have more than 40 interested families, we suggest you schedule multiple programs.
  • We will send you the Zoom link via email. You provide the link to registered families directly. We ask that you do this the day of the program. Do not post the link on a publicly visible website.

In-person Outdoor Programs:

In-person live animal outreach programs may only be for outdoor settings where physical distancing and masks are required. Our expert naturalists bring three live animals for a one-hour program at your site. See rates below.

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2021 Library Summer Reading Program - Tails and Tales

No Two Tails Alike
An animal’s tail can serve as a rudder when swimming, help with agility during flight, or can even function like an extra hand. Meet live native wildlife ambassadors as a naturalist from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center tells tales of the tails of some of New Hampshire’s native wildlife.
Currently scheduling in-person outdoor programs* and virtual programs**.


  • In-person: $250 per program (discounted non-profit rate) plus mileage.
  • Virtual: $150 per program
  • $25 discount per program when scheduling two or more programs for the same organization.

*physical distancing and masks required for in-person outdoor programs; programs are one hour and feature three live animals
**virtual programs are held via zoom; recommended for 40 of fewer logins per program; programs are 45 minutes and feature two live animals

Programs for All Ages

Animal Sounds
Animals make sounds for a variety of reasons – to attract a mate, to defend their territory, to capture prey, or even to escape predators. Join a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist and three live animals native to New Hampshire to hear their sounds and discover the reasons behind them.

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.

Animal in Winter
Winter means cold, ice, snow, and shorter days. How do New Hampshire animals survive these conditions? Join a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Naturalist to meet three live animals up close and find out about various successful adaptations they use to cope with the stresses of winter.

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.

Hawks and Owls
Join a Science Center naturalist to meet three live raptors that call New Hampshire home. Compare the fascinating similarities and differences between hawks and owls to discover how they are perfectly suited to the habitat niche they each fill.

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.

Looking for something else?
We can customize programs to meet your needs.

Live Animal Outreach Program Rates
In-person Program In-person Non-profit Program Virtual Program
$325 - one program reserved $250 - one program reserved $150 - one program reserved
$300 - 2 to 6 programs reserved $225 - 2 to 6 programs reserved -$25/program for 2+ programs for the same org
$275 - 7 or more programs reserved $200 - 7 or more programs reserved
$200 - Camp Members $200 - Camp Members

In-person programs add round trip travel fee based on IRS rate.

Materials to help you promote your event

Each press packet below contains a link to a press release for your organization to customize (Word document) and high resolution images. Please see our Media Kit for Science Center logos and other media assets.

Programs for Schools