• 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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  • 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

Shane Fowler
, 05/05/19

We had a lot of fun. This is great for kids. Lots to learn about plants animals in the white mountains. lots of educational exhibits. Live animals including Bear coyotes deer fox owl etc.. Awesome playground and indoor play area with multiple levels and a spiraling staircase.

Nick Phelps
, 05/04/19

Great NH Day for Familia!! There's many added Attractions for the kiddos and always interesting things for Adults Aswell

Sarah Lindahl
, 04/19/19

Such a beautiful place. Awesome for all ages - great place for learning, exercise, and fun. Variety of animals, plants, and things to do! Love coming here.

Eben Gannett
, 03/27/19

This is by far one the best not so hidden gems of Central New Hampshire! While it functions similarly to a zoo the goal of the facility is to rehabilitate and care for local animals found in the white mountains of NH. The animals who stay are there for medical or other legitimate reasons that keep them from living in the wild and are given wonderful care. The staff that works there is knowledgable and kind, eager to answer any questions about the animals you may have. The path to see all the animals is fun and equivalent to many easy day hikes with spots to picnic, and a wonderful play/learning area for the young and young at heart. It is a place my family loves to visit time and time again, never getting board of the wonderful animals, new things to learn, and great day that always ensues.