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  • Fisher

    Trails are open daily

    Including holidays! 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)
    Pre-purchase your tickets online.

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  • Eastern Screech Owl - red morph

    Virtual Summer Splash: Winged Wonders

    Join us for an evening of R&R for our raptors (rats and relaxation) at our virtual gala. Saturday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m.

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  • Great Horned Owl

    NOW OPEN: New Raptor Exhibit!

    Explore the world of birds and birds of prey.

    Explore the Animal Trail

  • Squam Lake Cruise by Bill Hemmel

    Squam Lake Cruises and Charters

    Public guided cruises and private charters available. Advance reservations required.

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  • Black and yellow swallowtail butterfly on lilac

    Kirkwood Gardens

    Colorful plants in full bloom bring this informal garden to life, naturally attracting bees, butterflies, and birds of many species.


  • Blue Heron School exterior with flowers.

    Education Matters Capital Campaign

    Education guides everything we do. Learn more about the campaign.

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  • Two river otters

    Annual Meeting for Members

    Saturday, August 21 at 8:30 a.m.

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Visit and Explore

Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside: black bear, mountain lion, raptors, river otter, bobcat, and more.

Plan approximately two-and-a-half hours to walk the exhibit trail. 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
Summer Guided Discoveries
Live Animal Outreaches

Enjoy Cruises on Squam Lake

The 2021 cruise season begins in mid-May. Check back for updates and tickets.

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
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

Jenn Richey
, 07/12/21

Wasn’t sure my boys (12 & 14) would enjoy going to a “nature” center mostly because, well, no video games there… Boy was I wrong! They absolutely loved it! We spent a few hours walking around and exploring everything. Definitely not the science center I remember as a kid. It’s so much nicer now!

Joe Arthur
, 07/11/21

If you like peace and nature this is a place for you. The nature walk was a wonderful time learning about nature as you are immersed in it. Wonderful. I also too the lake boat trip that only made thing even better. Great Karma

Ann-Marie Ames
, 07/05/21

Absolutely exceptional place to go. I've been to other nature centers in Maine and New Hampshire and love this the most. The enclosures were well taken care of and the employees cared very much for the animals. The raptors were very well taken care of and the place was not run down like some other places. A lot of my family went of all different ages and every one of them was captivated by the beautiful animals. A very natural Scenic setting and much education. Check out some of the photos.

Rebecca Thatcher-lord
, 07/01/21

Got a season pass for family. A favorite for family when they visit from Pennsylvania. The children love it! It's a wonderful walk for the adults. Had my hips done a couple years ago and have no problem walking the paths. Seeing the animals and learning all about them is so much fun.