All trails are currently CLOSED. Visit our Calendar of Events for upcoming program information.
  • Red Fox in the snow

    Wild Winter Walks

    Multiple dates through March

    Naturalist guided tours of the live animal trail. See the animals in their finest winter coats. Preregistration REQUIRED.

    Details and Registration

  • Ice Fishing on Squam Lake

    Intro to Ice Fishing

    Wednesday, February 24

    Learn about the wondrous world below the ice. All instruction and equipment are provided. Preregistration REQUIRED.

    Details and Registration

  • Girl in red shirt looking through magnifying glass

    Virtual Homeschool Series

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

    Details and Registration

  • Girl in red shirt looking through magnifying glass

    Virtual Science Pub

    Tuesday, March 9

    Lichens, Mosses, and Liverworts
    Join us for a deep dive into the rare and unknown inhabitants of the Squam Watershed. Preregistration REQUIRED.

    Details and Registration

  • Marsh Boardwalk

    Trails are CLOSED.

    Live animal exhibit trail and hiking trails are closed for the season.

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  • Classroom setup with naturalist, raptor over green screen.

    Virtually Wild School Programs

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

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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
Virtual School Programs
Summer Guided Discoveries
Virtual Live Animal Outreaches

Enjoy Cruises on Squam Lake

Cruises are finished for the 2020 season. Please check back in 2021.

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

Read More About Squam Lake Cruises


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!