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Saw-whet Owl

Sponsor A Species

Show your love for the animals... Sponsor a Species!

VALENTINE'S DAY: Sponsorships must be received by Sunday, February 5 in order to arrive for Valentine's Day.

The animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center serve as ambassadors of their species, here for the purpose of teaching about New Hampshire’s natural world. The cost of caring for wildlife is considerable. All of the animals need specialized diets, daily care, enrichment, and creature comforts. You can help provide food, health care, and housing for the animals - for your favorite feathered or furry species - through Sponsor A Species. You may sponsor a species for yourself, your family, or your company, school, or club. You can even send a sponsorship package as a gift.

Fill out my online form.

For more information about Sponsor a Species please contact Membership and Events Coordinator Joy Huke at 603-968-7194 x 146 or email

Species to Sponsor

  • Bald Eagle
  • Black Bear
  • Bobcat
  • Coyote
  • Mountain Lion
  • Owl
  • Pollinator - Butterfly
  • River Otter

Sponsorship Levels

Visit the Howling Coyote Gift Shop when you are at the Science Center for a gift-ready Sponsor A Species package. Only available at the Howling Coyote Gift Shop at the Science Center.

$50 E-sponsorship

This all-digital sponsorship is our greenest sponsorship and includes:

  • Digital thank you letter and photo of animal to use as a background or screensaver
  • Digital animal fact sheet
  • Digital Sponsor a Species certificate
  • E-subscription to quarterly Tracks & Trails newsletter and monthly Happenings
  • Recognition on the Science Center’s website and in the Trailhead Gallery on the live animal exhibit trail
$100 Sponsorship
  • Plush toy of sponsored species
  • Two transferrable live animal exhibit trail admission passes
  • Thank you letter and photo of animal
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Sponsor a Species certificate
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center window cling
  • Subscription to quarterly Tracks & Trails newsletter and monthly Happenings
  • Recognition on the Science Center’s website and in the Trailhead Gallery on the live animal exhibit trail
$250 Sponsorship
  • Nearer to Nature book by Naturalist Margaret Gillespie
  • Four transferrable live animal exhibit trail admission passes
  • Plush toy of sponsored species
  • Thank you letter and photo of animal
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Sponsor a Species certificate
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center window cling
  • Subscription to quarterly Tracks & Trails newsletter and monthly Happenings
  • Recognition on the Science Center’s website and in the Trailhead Gallery on the live animal exhibit trail
$500 Sponsorship
  • Birds of the Squam Lakes Region book by Beverly S. Ridgely, Robert S. Ridgely and Kenneth H. Klapper
  • Nearer to Nature book by Naturalist Margaret Gillespie
  • Four transferrable live animal exhibit trail admission passes
  • Plush toy of sponsored species
  • Thank you letter and photo of animal
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Sponsor a Species certificate
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center window cling
  • Subscription to quarterly Tracks & Trails newsletter and monthly Happenings
  • Recognition on the Science Center’s website and in the Trailhead Gallery on the live animal exhibit trail

Thank you for your sponsorships:

Bald Eagle
Cassie Lisby
Peter and Cynthia Lynch
In appreciation of Dave Katz from Sarah and Brian O'Connell
In memory of Davis Thurber from Gary and Brenda Diederich
Black Bear

Jennifer Barry
Hailey Bourque
Violet Fader
Ella Hall
The McCrackin Family
Felix O'Mahoney
Mikki Zick

Bobcat
Kian Barr
Sage Ellen Bascomb-Fabian
Ella Hall
Alison O'Neill and Bob Bennett
In memory of Greg Smith from Ann and Rich Chalmers
Coyote
In memory of Ruth Boudreau from Jackie Esthus
Jacoby Livingston
Kinsley O'Connor
Yakadyu Sanchana
Great Horned Owl
Megan Brink
In memory of Don and Shirley Esthus from Brad Esthus
Nicole Gionest
In honor of Michelle Janosa from Nick Kuhn, Josh Kuhn, and Renee Koher
Glen Lyford
Theo Mattler
Mountain Lion
Brooklynn Bourque
Alyssa, Peter, and Andrew Brown
Caleb Hall
The McCrackin Family
Marcus O'Mahoney
Red Fox
Kimberly Greenhut
Vera Herring
Leelaansh Sanchana
Unitil Accounts Payable Department
River Otter
Drs. Claire Donovan and Philip Larkin
Bonnie Gillen
Caleb Hall
Allison Harrison
Cherie and David Irons and Family
Saw-whet Owl
Luna Della Bascomb-Fabian
Denise Lovejoy
Samuel Petrie
Turtle
Dr. Barry Lewis
Northumberland Public Library
Deb Puleo
White-tailed Deer
Jacoby Livingston
Deb Puleo

Is my sponsorship tax deductible? Read more.

Sponsor A Species donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Your payment, less the fair market value (FMV) of goods and services received, is deductible for income tax purposes.

For gifts more than $50, a portion of your donation may not be tax deductible based on the fair market value of the premiums provided in return. See the chart below for details. Should you wish to have your donation be fully tax deductible, you may choose to waive receipt of the premiums.

The tax deductible amount will be provided on your thank you letter.

Sponsor Level Deductible Amount Post Card, Fact Sheet, Certificate FMV Plush Toy FMV Window Cling FMV Trail Pass FMV Nearer to Nature FMV Birds of the Squam Lakes RegionFMV
$50 $50 $0 - - - - -
$100 $38 $0 $12 $2 $48 - -
$250 $121 $0 $12 $2 $96 $19 -
$500 $336 $0 $12 $2 $96 $19 $35

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID number is 02-0271824. Prices and fair market values are subject to change. Please consult a tax advisor with questions.

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