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    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

Lauren Busby
, 10/17/18

We go here once a year and always love it. My son has been going since he was 2 and gets something out of it every year. It's a great little home and we love to learn about the animals.

Howard Nash
, 10/08/18

Very well presented exhibit on the wildlife of New Hampshire. Coming from the UK, we had some concerns about the moral question of keeping wild animals in cages. This was set against the very obvious great condition of the animals on display and the effort taken to educate on the natural world - a video or even holograph would not have the same impact. The reason we give it only 4 stars is that not enough effort is made to explain why the animals, particularly the large animals, are kept in relatively small enclosures. Looking at the negative reviews that focus on the moral question, your responses are very encouraging. Perhaps you should cut out the middleman and make more effort at the Centre to explain why the animals are maintained in captivity from a conservation perspective.

Jill Cokely
, 09/27/18

My family and I had such a great day here. I loved the flower gardens. It's so beautiful and smells amazing! We all enjoyed the exhibits and will return again in the future.

Lynne Kraskouskas
, 09/18/18

Great educational facility. Fun and educational for all ages. Very much enjoyed the sub-canopy boardwalk peppered with stations featuring different animals and ecosystems of the surrounding area. There are educational presentations with live animals as well as an otter exhibit. A few times a week, the otters are fed a "fishsicle" and it is amusing to watch them try and get their snacks. Didn't visit gift shop or go for a cruise. That's the great thing about this place, one can come back again and again and have a different experience. Locals or regular visitors to the region can purchase a membership and come and go. There is a nice picnic area and food during the summer season. It was not busy the day we visited, but I could see it being a lot busier. Educational, interesting AND shady.