COVID-19/ Coronavirus Update
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center continues to check advisories about the COVID-19 coronavirus with the NH Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control, our nature center and zoo colleagues at local and national levels, and other reliable sources of information.
We don’t know when we’ll be able to open the trails for the season, pending guidance from state officials. All programs and activities are cancelled until further notice. We will update information here as we know more.
New Hampshire Day is tentatively moving to a fall date, yet to be determined.
Kirkwood Gardens Day is cancelled but plants will be available for sale beginning June 1 at the garden.
We made the difficult decision to postpone the visit of the Giant Insect exhibits. We hope they will visit in 2021.
Science Center staff are trying to estimate the pandemic’s impact on future operations. We are making plans to keep our visitors, volunteers, animals, staff, and community safe when we reopen. New measures will include requiring pre-purchase of timed admission tickets online, making trails one-way to aid in physical distancing, limiting capacity, adding hand sanitizer dispensers on the exhibit trail, using intensified cleaning, having staff wear facemasks, and keeping some buildings closed temporarily.
Our ambassador animals are healthy and doing well. The animals go outside and are fed and cared for every day by our dedicated animal care staff, who are working staggered schedules.
Our Education team has developed innovative and fun ways to stay connected to the public while we are closed, especially schools, students, and families. Virtually Wild School Programs were recently announced as a way for schools to access educational programs for students.
Blue Heron School teachers meet online every weekday with their preschool and kindergarten students.
The Facilities crew are working together while observing physical distancing as they prep the grounds, gardens, exhibits, and boats for the season.
Many staff are working at home and are taking turns in the office focusing on day-to-day operations. Everyone is practicing physical distancing. Staff meetings take place online, allowing us to gather together and keep communicating with each other.
The Science Center has posted a variety of resources to social media and the website with many ways for the public to get Nearer to Nature.
Until we see you on the trails again, please take care of yourself and your families.