TRAILS ARE OPEN! Every day 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.) Note that tickets will show as unavailable in our online ticketing system on the day of. You can purchase tickets onsite at the Admissions window.
Children laying on dock at Upper Pond

Annual Fund

Your gift and your impact.

I was walking the trail, as I often do, on a cool Saturday afternoon last month when I overheard a joyful preschooler exclaim that she loved bugs! It was music to my ears.

For 56 years, the Science Center has educated people about the importance of New Hampshire’s nature through our mission, to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. In that time, we have reached hundreds of thousands of people who have connected with nature walking the exhibit trail, experienced live animals up-close in a program, explored Squam Lake on a lake cruise, gained inspiration from Kirkwood Gardens, awakened curiosity on a school field trip, enlightened senses attending Blue Heron School, and more. Our impact is long-term and seen in the multiple generations of visitors and supporters who come back year after year.

Your impact to the Science Center is just as important. Without your support we couldn’t take our animals on outreach programs and into school classrooms; maintain and fuel our pontoon boats; support and nurture our topnotch staff; or even feed and care for our animals.

Your donation of $100 fills up a pontoon boat to take students on a lake education program.

Your donation of $250 provides fish treats for our river otters.

Your donation of $500 helps low income families and veterans receive deeply discounted trail admission throughout the season.

Your donation of $1,000 supports a traveling educational exhibit like Giant Insects.

At a time when the world is changing so quickly around us, the Science Center is here to connect you to the natural world and provide a consistent educational experience immersed in nature. Thank you for your support.

With gratitude,
Iain MacLeod, Executive Director

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For more information about Annual Fund Gifts please contact Amanda Gillen, Development and Communications Director at 603-968-7194 x 134 or

The IRS and the State of New Hampshire recognize Squam Lakes Natural Science Center as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Our federal tax identification number is 02-0271824. Unrestricted contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. Donors to the Annual Fund will be listed in the Annual Report unless requested otherwise.