The Live Animal Exhibit Trail is open daily through November 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)
Science Center naturalist showing Great Horned Owl to group.

Live Animal Outreach Programs

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center outreachInvite us to bring live wildlife programs to your site!

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents one-hour programs featuring live animals led by our expert naturalists. Select from a variety of informative and inspiring programs or let us create a customized program to match your interests.

"All of the students, no matter what the age (and believe me, I’m including all the adults that attended in this statement), were enthralled by all the animals and learned so much. …it was an extraordinary worthwhile experience, and quite simply, great!"


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Programs for All Ages

Animal Athletes
Animals are truly amazing athletes. Did you know a mountain lion can leap 15 feet in the air or that a peregrine falcon can reach speeds of 240 mph? Join a naturalist from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, along with three wild animal athletes (no mountain lions though), to learn how speed, strength, and agility help them to survive. You ’ll even be able to compare your own athletic abilities to some of New Hampshire’s wild athletes! 

Animal Sounds
Animals make sounds for a variety of reasons – to attract a mate, to defend their territory, to capture prey, or even to escape predators. Join a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist and three live animals native to New Hampshire to hear their sounds and discover the reasons behind them. (2018 Library Summer Reading Program)

Animals with Bad Reputations
Can you think of any conflicts wildlife have with people? The public image of some animals is often inaccurate and can result in negative attitudes. A Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist will introduce you to three live animals that have a bad “rep” and help you consider the good side of these wild neighbors.

Creatures of the Night
How do wild animals find food in the dark or escape predators? You don't have to stay up late to get a close look at elusive nocturnal creatures. Meet three live creatures of the night with a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist to learn surprising details of their adaptations, which make them well-suited for night life.

Earth Heroes
The Peregrine Falcon was once on the brink of extinction. These awe-inspiring aerial hunters are again soaring across New Hampshire’s skies thanks to the passion and dedication of people we like to call Earth Heroes. During this program, a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist will introduce you to three live animals native to New Hampshire, including a Peregrine Falcon, and share the inspiring stories of three Earth Heroes whose work helped to ensure the survival of some amazing animals.

New Hampshire Wildlife
Are you curious about the critters that inhabit the Granite State? Join a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist to meet three wild animals that you could encounter in our forests, fields, or wetlands.  Discover what makes them well-suited for life in New Hampshire.

Owls of New Hampshire
Who calls in the night? Who glides on shadowy wings in silent flight? What makes owls such extraordinary night hunters? A Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist will introduce you to three of our state's owls to help you find out what is myth or fact about these amazing nocturnal birds.

Why Do Animals Do That?
Why do animals throw up when they're not sick? Why do they gnaw on wood if they don't eat it? With a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist and three live animal ambassadors we'll explore some of wildlife’s unusual behaviors and reveal the benefits of these peculiar habits.

Wildlife in Motion
Animal movements are specialized for where creatures live – fish swim, birds fly. How they move and precisely why are more of a mystery. Join a naturalist and three live animals from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to learn about New Hampshire wildlife and how movement helps wild animals survive in their natural habitats.

The Truth about Bats For Adults
Bats have been surrounded by myths for years. It is time to learn the truth!  A Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist will share the many amazing features of bats such as echolocation, flight, and feeding habits. Learn about White Nose Syndrome, the disease now devastating native bats, and what it means for their future. Meet live bats and be inspired to help protect these misunderstood creatures as we explore the unique roles these nocturnal mammals play in our world.

Looking for something else?
We can customize programs to meet your needs.

Rates
Program Rates
  • $325 - one program reserved
  • $300 - 2 to 6 programs reserved
  • $275 - 7 or more programs reserved
  • $200 - Camp Members
  • Plus round trip travel fee based on IRS rate.
Non-profit Rates
  • $250 - one program reserved
  • $225 - 2 to 6 programs reserved
  • $200 - 7 or more programs reserved
  • $200 - Camp Members
  • Plus round trip travel fee based on IRS rate.

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