• Mountain Lion

    Live Animal Exhibit Trail

    The live animal exhibit trail is OPEN!. Trail hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)

    Hours and Admission

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex

    Dinosaurs Alive!

    Coming July through September 2019.

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  • Summer Guided Discoveries participants drawing in garden

    Summer Guided Discoveries

    Guided Discoveries are week-long outdoor natural adventure camps for children ages 4 to 14.

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  • Squam Lake Cruise from the air

    Squam Lake Cruises

    Experience the pristine beauty of Squam Lake.

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  • Children walking on marsh boardwalk

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    Members receive an array of benefits.

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  • Eastern Screech Owl

    Live Animal Outreaches

    Let us bring a live animal education program to your site.

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  • River Otter

    Native New Hampshire Animals

    Learn about the animals that reside at the Science Center.

    Animal Exhibits

Visit and Explore

Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, raptors, river otters, bobcats, and more. Spend a day - take a self-guided tour of the animal exhibit trail and hiking trails, enjoy a Squam Lake Cruise, take in the beauty of Kirkwood Gardens, and shop naturally in the Howling Coyote Gift Shop.

Plan at least two hours to walk the exhibit trail or bring a picnic and spend the day with a visit to Kirkwood Gardens and a Squam Lake Cruise (cruises are 90 minutes). Trails are open May 1 through November 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.

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Education Programs

Blue Heron School
School Programs and Field Trips
Summer Guided Discoveries
Live Animal Outreaches

Enjoy Cruises on Squam Lake

Cruises are are done for 2018. Explore below to plan your 2019 adventure!

Discover Squam
Discover Squam Cruise on Squam Lake
Bald Eagle Adventure
Bald Eagle in nest on Squam Lake
Loon Cruise
Loon with Chick
Cruise with a Naturalist
Viewing wildlife through binoculars on a Squam Lake Cruise
Lake Explorers Family Cruise
Testing water quality on a Squam Lake Cruise
Dinner and Sunset Cruise
Sunset on Squam Lake
Private Charters
View of Mt Chocorua from Squam Lake
Group Tours
View from Squam Channel entering Squam Lake

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What People Are Saying

Linda Chignola
, 06/15/19

We visited a few years ago but it was blazing hot with high humidity :-( Despite that, we were very impressed and always planned to return at a future point when the weather was more agreeable! The animals were well-cared for, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable and the trails/exhibits were wonderful. We couldn't even explore it all because it was too hot for us! So happy to say that we are vacationing in NH next week and cannot wait to return as the weather looks more reasonable for outdoor adventures!

Kimberly Wright
, 06/12/19

We enjoyed our visit to Squam Lakes Nature Center. The exhibits were informative and animals were out and about. Nice clear trails to walk. The kids interactive play area and barn was impressive. The gift shop was a bonus-with many books and misc items to purchase. We were interested in the lake cruise but unfortunately it was not available due to school groups on the day of our visit. Keep up the good work for New Hampshire nature!

Tina Smrkovski
, 06/09/19

Well maintained nature preserve. All animals looked well cared for, all exhibits worked with no missing pieces. Highly recommend.

Nichole Houlne
, 06/05/19

Great place for the kids to learn about their own habitat (New Hampshire!) The staff is incredibly nice and full of information. The animals are loved and I was shocked by how many they have.