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Annual Fund

Please give now to support the Science Center’s future.

First of all, I hope you and your family are safe and well.

This has been a year like no other; a test for our species and our society. A test for our institutions and our community resiliency. Nature and the wild creatures living there are resilient, adaptable, and respond to adversity. We at the Science Center need to be the same. As we emerged into the welcome warmth of summer strong and healthy, we request your help to make sure there are many more wonderful springs and summers, falls and winters for the Science Center. Our mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world is even more important to everyone now as welcome therapy. Please support our Annual Fund.

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Through all this, our Animal Care staff has fed and cared for more than 100 animal ambassadors every day! Our Education team developed innovative and fun ways to keep in touch and stay connected to everyone, especially students and families. Blue Heron School teachers connected daily with their preschool and kindergarten students via Zoom and school resumed in September with new safety protocols. The Facilities crew continues to maintain the property, cleaning and taking care of trails and exhibits to welcome you back safely. Everyone is practicing physical distancing, wearing face masks, and we're holding staff meetings digitally.

We are planning for when this is over although the unpredictable nature of this tragedy means it's hard to make long-range decisions. We cancelled all in-person programs until further notice. We were able to open the trails on June 15. We are working hard to make sure there are regular updates on our website, emails, and other social channels, compiled on our Resources page.

If you are able, please make your annual donation to help us continue vital operations. If you can, please increase the amount of your donation, too. We hope you will help us continue to provide Nearer to Nature experiences for you and our greater community to enjoy.

Until we see you on the trails again, please take care of yourself and your families,

Iain MacLeod
Executive Director

For more information about Annual Fund Gifts please contact Janet Robertson, Development and Communications Director at 603-968-7194 x 112 or

The IRS and the State of New Hampshire recognize Squam Lakes Natural Science Center as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Our federal tax identification number is 02-0271824. Unrestricted contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. Donors to the Annual Fund will be listed in the Annual Report unless requested otherwise.