Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is preparing for opening day of the 2022 trail season which begins Sunday, May 1. Regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission is at 3:30 p.m.). Trail admission rates are $22 for adults; $20 for seniors (age 65+); $16 for youth (ages 3 to 15); free for children 2 and under and for members.
Since 1966, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors about the natural world through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises. It is the only institution in northern New England accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). For the 2022 season, the Science Center is hosting Giant Insects, opening new raptor exhibits, making visiting financially accessible, and more.
The Science Center has a few options to make visiting more accessible for all income levels. These programs include Museums for All which allows SNAP benefit cardholders to receive $3 trail admission for up to four people; the Family Access Membership which is a $25 six-person membership for New Hampshire families receiving food assistance; and Library Membership passes. More information about these programs is available at nhnature.org/visit.
This season the Science Center is hosting Giant Insects from July 1 through September 30. These giant animatronic insects will help visitors learn about the importance of insects in our natural world through educational interpretation, movement, sound, and even spray! Five giant insects including bombardier beetle, blue-eyed darner, devil’s flower mantis, grasshopper, and stag beetle will provide a dynamic larger-than-life experience for visitors to the Science Center. Giant Insects are included in regular trail admission and free for members. Meredith Village Savings Bank and Holderness School are generous sponsors of the Giant Insects exhibit.
The Science Center is also opening the completely redesigned Celebrate Birds building, which includes live Bittern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Broad-winged Hawk in addition to new interpretation and interactive exhibits. This complements the new Raptor Exhibit, which opened in 2021.
The Gordon Children’s Center will re-open for the 2022 season, which has been closed since 2020. Visitors will enjoy crawling through tunnels, on spider webs, and experiencing nature through sight, sound, and touch.
Kirkwood Gardens continues to add to the huge variety of plants with identification plaques identifying the plants and their benefits for the natural world.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center trails are a great way to get outdoors to connect with and enjoy the natural world. The live animal exhibit trail and all hiking trails open for the season on Sunday, May 1 and will be open daily through November 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.) Squam Lake Cruises begin in mid-May and run through mid-October. Visit www.nhnature.org for more information.
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.