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    Summer Guided Discoveries

    Week-long outdoor natural adventure camps for children ages 4 to 12.


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  • Marsh Boardwalk

    Trails open May 1.

    Tickets available online beginning late April.

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    School Programs

    Virtual and outdoor in-person programs available.

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    Virtual Homeschool Series

    Observe, Discover, and Explore. For ages 4 to 10, monthly November through April

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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-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

Andrew Gorham
, 10/12/20

Mountain Lions didn't feel like coming out but plenty of other things to see. Being that close to local wildlife as opposed to zoo animals from other countries was refreshing. Probably the closest I'll ever get to a black bear in my life I hope!

hi Take
, 10/10/20

Great nature trail for kids. You can see approximately 10 animals in the trail for about 1 hour. A lot of educational resources in the exhibit. Additionally, there’s friendly crew.

Cindy Mckean
, 10/07/20

I love going to Squam Lakes Natural Science Center! They have all kinds of different animals, it's very informative. They have a nice play area for kids, my grandsons love it, even the teenage ones.

Maria Dz
, 09/23/20

The Turkey Vulture is really interesting. Nice walk. Some of the animals are aging out 🤔 Great for children. One black bear!