All trails are currently CLOSED. Visit our Calendar of Events for upcoming program information.
Up close with a mountain lion

Trail Reopening Information

Welcome back! The live animal exhibit trail and hiking trails are CLOSED for the season. Check back for more information about the 2021 trail season beginning May 2021.

This page contains everything you need to know about visiting the Science Center. Please review all changes and information below. The Science Center is following government guidelines to keep guests, staff, volunteers, animals, and our community healthy. We need you to do your part. Thank you for your patience and compliance.

Before Your Visit
  • If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home and come back another time. We will reschedule your tickets as available or refund your purchase.
  • All guests will be greeted at the entrance gate in the parking lot to answer the following health screening questions:
  • Have you or anyone in your party been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Are you or anyone in your party experiencing any respiratory symptoms, including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath?
  • Have you or anyone in your party had a fever or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
  • Are you or anyone in your party experiencing any new muscle aches or chills?
  • Have you or anyone in your party had any new changes in your sense of taste or smell?
What We Are Doing to Keep You Safe
  • Limiting daily attendance and requiring pre-purchased timed tickets.
  • Cleaning restrooms and exhibits at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and before opening in the morning.
  • Closing some exhibits and building.
  • Providing hand sanitizer along the trail at exhibits.
  • Requiring guests to wear face masks (age 3+).
  • Limiting contact between visitors and staff.
  • Screening staff prior to work. Employees are required to complete a health screening questionnaire followed by a temperature check. Only those who pass both the questionnaire and temperature check are allowed to report for work.
Other Things to Know
  • There are no membership sales on site. All memberships must be purchased online or through the mail.
  • The Howling Coyote Gift Shop is closed but there is an outdoor gift kiosk.
  • You may bring your own stroller but none are available to borrow on site.

We are committed to the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff and animals. Please help us keep everyone safe by following the posted instructions and following directions from our staff. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that spreads through person-to-person contact and can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

For questions or comments, please contact Executive Director Iain MacLeod at

Thank you for your ongoing support! As a non-profit organization, we rely on ticket sales, memberships, education program fees, donations, and meeting and rental revenue to operate. Being closed has had a significant impact on our overall operating budget. We ask you to please consider a donation to our Wellspring Appeal operating fund to assist us in caring for our animals, facilities, and staff.

Still have questions? Contact us at