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Field Trips for Grades 9-12

High School programs at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center


Animals with Bad Reputations | Grades 9-12

The public image of some animals is often inaccurate, based on rumors and misinformation, which leads to attitudes detrimental to wildlife and the environment. Take a close look at the good qualities of some animals with unfair bad reputations as we reconsider our opinions of these animals and consider how to apply this thinking to our human relationships too.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

Indoor Live Animal Programs | Grades 9-12

Give your students the opportunity to have an up close encounter with native New Hampshire wildlife in these one-hour programs featuring three live animals. You select the focus of the program. Choose from a variety of themes such as New Hampshire Wildlife, Birds of Prey, Owls of New Hampshire, Predators, or New Hampshire Mammals. Have a different topic in mind? Call us to customize a program for your students.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site


The following programs will engage your students with data collection to bring the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices to life while helping students increase their understanding of the Nature of Science.

Field and Forest Ecology | Grades 9-12

What are the stresses and benefits of living in different places? How do plants and animals adapt? Students investigate the differences between the natural communities of fields and forests. Through hands-on scientific studies, teams measure wind speed, temperature, soil pH, humidity, and other factors. Discussion compares and contrasts the measurements.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC only

Lake Ecology | Grades 9-12

Study Squam Lake on a floating classroom. Using hands-on measurements of pH, dissolved oxygen, water hardness, clarity, temperature, and other parameters, student teams can assess the lake’s health. Students also examine lake sediment and collect plankton to observe with a high definition projection microscope. All data are posted on the Science Center’s website for teachers to compare with results from past years.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC only

Project OspreyTrack | Grades 9-12

Find out about the Science Center’s research to track ospreys through using satellite transmitters. Students gain an understanding of why these once threatened fish-eating raptors are important environmental indicators and how scientists are able to learn more about these amazing birds. The program includes an indoor overview of osprey biology, two outdoor activities, and the opportunity to meet a live animal.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

Winter Bird Banding | Grades 9-12

Birds have been banded and monitored at the Science Center’s winter feeders for more than 30 years. Student teams contribute to this long-term study by making observations at a feeding station and participating in bird banding under the guidance of a Master Bird Bander. Discussion focuses on bird adaptations, migrations, and identification, using live birds and mounted specimens.
Available: Winter, at SLNSC only

To book your field trip contact Jeremy Phillips, Naturalist/School Programs Coordinator, at 603-968-7194 x 18 or schools@nhnature.org.