OUR TRAILS AND LAKE CRUISES ARE OPEN! Everyone, including members, must reserve/purchase tickets in advance. BUY/RESERVE TICKETS!
  • Marsh Boardwalk

    Trails are OPEN!

    Learn more about our guidelines for guests and purchase tickets. Advanced purchase tickets required for everyone.

    Information and Tickets

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    Virtually Wild School Programs

    Teachers, plan a virtual live animal program for your class today!

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  • Squam Lake Cruise by Bill Hemmel

    Squam Lake Cruises and Charters

    Public cruise and private charters available. Advance reservations required.

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    Kirkwood Gardens

    Kirkwood Gardens is free and open to the public daily.

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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.

Plan approximately two hours to walk the exhibit trail. Trails are open every day through November 1, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 2:30 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

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

Virginia Alvord
, 05/25/20

I don't think I have missed a single summer of visiting the Science Center in 50 years. My kids are teenagers now and they still like to bring their friends here, walk the trails and see the animals. An amazing way to learn about and appreciate our surroundings.

Cindell C
, 02/15/20

Wonderful place for kids and adults! Beautiful wildlife, well maintained, easily navigable. I'd buy a season pass and go every morning if I lived closer.

Alexandra Durkee
, 01/14/20

Super cool! A ton of local wildlife and so much information on each animal. A beautiful place! The playground is also awesome.

Laura Himes
, 01/09/20

Kids loved this place. The dinosaur exhibit is awesome and it’s very educational in many different ways. A place to return to for sure!