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Annual Fund

The experiences the Science Center provides by getting people Nearer to Nature have never been more important for everyone’s mental and physical wellbeing.

Our live animal exhibit trail has continued to delight visitors from across the region with inspiring educational information about our natural world, in a safe outdoor environment. The steps we took to ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers, animals, and staff were successful, even while those steps required us to limit the numbers of people on the trail.

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In November 2019, I wrote about the record-setting summer we had just experienced. Comparing this year to last year is sobering and probably too harsh a comparison. But, even comparing attendance to a ten-year average reveals we were about 50% down, which is what we were essentially aiming for under the Covid reopening guidelines. The same is true for the lake tours. Group programs are much lower, barely seven percent of the numbers taught last year.

The Science Center will survive 2020, thanks to you and donors like you, along with much needed federal relief. But the long-term impact is hard to know. It’s tricky to plan for 2021 because there are so many unknowns still hanging out there, particularly when it comes to schools and other “in-person” programs.

Even with all the doom and gloom around us, the staff remains optimistic and amazingly dedicated. The Board is rock solid and confident that better days are around the corner. We have a lot to be thankful for. We have remained healthy, we have proven we can operate safely under pandemic restrictions, and we will have spectacular new exhibits in 2021 to welcome you back.

Your support now and in the future is needed to help us ride through this storm. THANK YOU for giving earlier this year! If you can do a little more now . . . THANK YOU for considering another gift!

Your gift will help close the gap on our 2020 budget and allow us to bring many more people Nearer to Nature in 2021. Please stay well. I can’t wait to welcome you back to the Science Center in a brighter, healthier new year.

Sincerely, Iain MacLeod, Executive Director

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For more information about Annual Fund Gifts please contact Janet Robertson, Development and Communications Director at 603-968-7194 x 112 or

The IRS and the State of New Hampshire recognize Squam Lakes Natural Science Center as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Our federal tax identification number is 02-0271824. Unrestricted contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. Donors to the Annual Fund will be listed in the Annual Report unless requested otherwise.