Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is pleased to announce that it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families (up to five people) this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021.
Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide.
“Like the resilience that military families demonstrate time and again Squam lakes Natural Science Center is an example of resiliency in the arts sector over the past year,” said Ann Eilers, acting chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We are grateful to the Science Center for their leadership in strengthening community through their participation in the Blue Star Museums program this summer.”
Blue Star Museums include children’s museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and hail from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The current list of participating museums will continue to develop over the summer as organizations are welcome to register to be a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer. The full list of participating museums is at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of the Blue Star Museums 2021 program! Thank you to Squam Lakes Natural Science Center for participating in this impactful and highly anticipated program,” said Kathy RothDouquet, CEO Blue Star Families. “Because of the Science Center and their counterparts in the arts community, military families have the opportunity to create special memories and experience the arts again!”
The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
In addition to the free trail admission from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center extends the discount for the full trail season. From May 1 through Armed Forces Day and from Labor Day through November 1, military ID holders receive free trail admission and their family (up to five people) receives half-price trail admission.
Regular admission is $18 for adults and seniors, $13 for youth ages 3-15, and free for children 2 and under and for members. Trails are open daily from May 1 through November 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.) Please visit nhnature.org for full details about what to expect on your visit and to purchase tickets.
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, an informal public garden, and Blue Heron School, a nature-based Montessori early learning center, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and public trails are open daily from May 1 through November 1 with programming throughout the year. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.
About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is the nation’s largest grass-roots military family support organization, with a mission to support military families to improve military readiness. Its distinctive approach builds stronger communities around military families through knowledge and programs that address the unique needs of those who serve. Blue Star Families’ nationally recognized surveys and analysis give military families an important voice that informs policymakers and its military family programs. It uses the power of its collective resources and cross-sector collaborations to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of members of military families to strengthen the troops, their families, and our nation as a whole. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org.
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