The live animal exhibit trail and all hiking trails are OPEN every day! Squam Lake Cruises run daily.
  • Children working at Kirkwood Gardens.

    Summer Guided Discoveries

    Limited spaces still available.

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  • Boy wearing baseball cap and coyote looking at eachother through glass

    Trails are OPEN!

    Calendar of Events

  • Fall foliage on Squam Lake

    Squam Lake Cruises

    Public guided cruises run daily. Advance reservations required.

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  • Black and yellow swallowtail butterfly on lilac

    Kirkwood Gardens

    Open daily.

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  • Student exploring with collection net at the Upper Pond.

    School Programs

    Field trips to the Science Center.

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  • View of Squam Lake crom the summit of Mount Fayal

    Hiking Trails

    Enjoy getting Nearer to Nature on a hike through fields, forests, and wetlands.

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Visit and Explore

Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside: black bear, mountain lion, raptors, river otter, bobcat, and more.

Plan approximately two-and-a-half hours to walk the exhibit trail. 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
Summer Guided Discoveries
Live Animal Outreaches

Enjoy Cruises on Squam Lake

The 2021 cruise season begins in mid-May. Check back for updates and tickets.

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
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

Joel Sherman
, 06/11/24

A great place to learn about local animals native to new hampshire. Awesome place to take the kids.

Local Reviewer
, 06/04/24

always a great time

David S. R. Clark
, 06/04/24

SLNSC is an Awesome place to visit and unwind. It sits on several acres between Squam and Little Squam Lakes in Holderness, New Hampshire. SLNSC is a neat combination of trails, zoo, educational and research facility. Wildlife trails take you through a wonderful bit of forest, with habitats containing rescued New Hampshire wildlife, educational interactive displays, and ecological awareness information. There is a store...The Howling Coyote...that has all sorts of merchandise and gifts for children and adults, and MEMBERSHIP PLANS that help maintain this Non-profit organization. If you like water...the Squam Lakes Tours give you a good hour around Squam Lake, where you experience the beauty that is New Hampshire, and the wildlife that lives there. It is well worth your time and is a place to keep coming back to, again and again๐Ÿป๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸฆŠ๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿบ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿฆฆ Best Regards, David S. R. Clark

Andrea Pickering
, 05/28/24

The animals had a good amount of space. The paths were marked with signs for extra learning and I'm planning on bringing my grandson this summer.