• Summer Guided Discoveries participants drawing in garden

    Summer Guided Discoveries

    Guided Discoveries are week-long outdoor natural adventure camps for children ages 4 to 14.

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  • Red Fox at the Science Center

    Wild Winter Walks

    Guided tours of the live animal exhibit trail. Select weekends through March.

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  • Mountain Lion

    Live Animal Exhibit Trail

    The live animal exhibit trail is CLOSED for the season.

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  • Eastern Screech Owl

    Live Animal Outreaches

    Let us bring a live animal education program to your site.

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  • River Otter

    Native New Hampshire Animals

    Learn about the animals that reside at the Science Center.

    Animal Exhibits

Visit and Explore

Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, raptors, river otters, bobcats, and more. Spend a day - take a self-guided tour of the animal exhibit trail and hiking trails, enjoy a Squam Lake Cruise, take in the beauty of Kirkwood Gardens, and shop naturally in the Howling Coyote Gift Shop.

Plan at least two hours to walk the exhibit trail or bring a picnic and spend the day with a visit to Kirkwood Gardens and a Squam Lake Cruise (cruises are 90 minutes). Trails are open May 1 through November 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.

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Education Programs

Blue Heron School
School Programs and Field Trips
Summer Guided Discoveries
Live Animal Outreaches

Enjoy Cruises on Squam Lake

Cruises are are done for 2018. Explore below to plan your 2019 adventure!

Discover Squam
Discover Squam Cruise on Squam Lake
Bald Eagle Adventure
Bald Eagle in nest on Squam Lake
Loon Cruise
Loon with Chick
Cruise with a Naturalist
Viewing wildlife through binoculars on a Squam Lake Cruise
Lake Explorers Family Cruise
Testing water quality on a Squam Lake Cruise
Dinner and Sunset Cruise
Sunset on Squam Lake
Private Charters
View of Mt Chocorua from Squam Lake
Group Tours
View from Squam Channel entering Squam Lake

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What People Are Saying

Jenny Brooks
, 02/08/19

Something to do in every season for everyone who has an interest in Wildlife and Nature. We've been to the Raptor Spectacular day in September and the Winter Walk in January. Both were excellent value for money.

Jason Plant
, 12/21/18

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a wonderful place for kids and adults alike. The animals are amazing and they are all rehabilitated from either injuries or abandonment at a young age. The atmosphere of this place is great and I highly recommend going and becoming a member to support all of their community efforts and animals!

Cherie Binns
, 12/19/18

I just love this place! It is slightly off the beaten path but easy to locate. Plan on spending a couple of hours here to learn about the local wildlife habits , habitat, and food. And , best of all, meet that local wild life in its natural setting.! This business is part of the membership chain of regional zoos and science museums so honors your membership to others around the country for free admission or reduced cost admission to here. I would plan on at least 2-3 hours here although it could be covered (without small children in a bit over an hour). Walk ways are generally paved and handicapped accessible as are the buildings that are dedicated to species or habitat education.

Lauren Busby
, 10/17/18

We go here once a year and always love it. My son has been going since he was 2 and gets something out of it every year. It's a great little home and we love to learn about the animals.