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About Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, guided Squam Lake Cruises, public gardens, and a nature-based Montessori early learning center, the Science Center has educated audiences of all ages since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. 

The 3/4-mile live animal trail has up close views of black bear, coyote, mountain lions, bobcats, river otters, foxes, and more, all in natural woodland enclosures. Trailside buildings feature interactive exhibits that teach natural history concepts in meaningful and memorable ways. There are miles of other trails to explore – the Ecotone, the Forest, and the Mt. Fayal Trails.

© 2022 Squam Lakes Natural Science Center 

PO Box 173, 23 Science Center Rd, Holderness, NH 03245 (603) 968-7194


Open May 1- November 1. The live animal exhibit trail and hiking trails are open daily, 9:30 to 5:00pm.
Last trail admission at 3:30. Plan at least two hours to walk the trail. 

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The Squam Pass

  • Each pass admits up to 4 $10 trail admissions.

  • Library Patrons must bring the dated pass with them to the Admissions window at the Welcome Center. Patrons do not need to call to make advance reservations.

Know Before You Go
Click here to review the latest Squam visitor information as conditions may change

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