All trails are currently CLOSED (live animal exhibit trail and hiking trails).
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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

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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
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Viewing wildlife through binoculars on a Squam Lake Cruise
Private Charters
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What People Are Saying

erick schneider
, 10/28/23

Nice trail that showcases each rescue animal's habitat. There is a beautiful garden about halfway around, right after Grampa's butterfly garden. Worth getting the annual pass as it is a great spot, and a great cause.

Joshua Rosen
, 10/14/23

We took the last boat trip of the season on Oct 14. The trip is an hour and a half around the lake. There were loons and bald eagles and views of the mountains that surround the lake. The guide did a terrific job explaining the wildlife and history.

Julie's bites
, 10/14/23

We took a squam boat cruise on a pontoon boat. It was extremely enjoyable. Great views, interesting birds, informative commentary. We went on the last trip of the season, October 14, and you had to be prepared for chilly weather. When the boat goes at full speed, the wind is penetrating. The boat has a roof, but it is open air otherwise. The boat has comfortable seats, there is one big step to get in or out, but the staff was helping anyone who needed help. Many elderly visitors were able to participate and had a good time.

Vic Deadly
, 10/10/23

The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a nature lover's dream. With engaging live animal presentations, informative exhibits, and scenic trails, it offers a perfect blend of education and enjoyment. The center's commitment to wildlife conservation shines through, making it a must-visit gem in the Lakes Region.