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Saw-whet Owl

Sponsor A Species

Sponsorships must be submitted by December 15 to receive your Sponsor A Species packet in the mail.

Do something wild.. Sponsor a Species!

The animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center serve as ambassadors for their species, here for the purpose of teaching about New Hampshire’s natural world. The cost of caring for wildlife is considerable. All the animals need specialized diets, daily care, and creature comforts. You can help to provide food, health care, and housing for the animals - for your favorite feathered or furry species - through Sponsor A Species. You may sponsor a species for yourself, your family, or your company, school, or club. You can even send a sponsorship package as a gift.

Fill out my online form.

For more information about Sponsor a Species please contact Development Officer Kim Beardwood-Smith at 603-968-7194 x 131 or email

Sponsorship Levels

$50 Sponsorship
  • Thank you letter and photo of animal
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Sponsor a Species certificate
  • Subscription to quarterly Tracks & Trails newsletter
  • Recognition on the Science Center’s website, in the Annual Report, and in the Trailhead Gallery
$100 Sponsorship
  • Plush toy of sponsored species
  • Thank you letter and photo of animal
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Sponsor a Species certificate
  • Subscription to quarterly Tracks & Trails newsletter
  • Recognition on the Science Center’s website, in the Annual Report, and in the Trailhead Gallery
$250 Sponsorship
  • Stainless steel water bottle
  • Plush toy of sponsored species
  • Thank you letter and photo of animal
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Sponsor a Species certificate
  • Subscription to quarterly Tracks & Trails newsletter
  • Recognition on the Science Center’s website, in the Annual Report, and in the Trailhead Gallery
$500 Sponsorship
  • Private interpretive trail walk for up to ten
  • Stainless steel water bottle
  • Plush toy of sponsored species
  • Thank you letter and photo of animal
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Sponsor a Species certificate
  • Subscription to quarterly Tracks & Trails newsletter
  • Recognition on the Science Center’s website, in the Annual Report, and in the Trailhead Gallery
$1,000 Sponsorship
  • Private animal program with your species for up to ten
  • Private interpretive trail walk for up to ten
  • Stainless steel water bottle
  • Plush toy of sponsored species
  • Thank you letter and photo of animal
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Sponsor a Species certificate
  • Subscription to quarterly Tracks & Trails newsletter
  • Recognition on the Science Center’s website, in the Annual Report, and in the Trailhead Gallery

Species to Sponsor

  • Bald Eagle
  • Black Bear
  • Bobcat
  • Coyote
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Mountain Lion
  • Red Fox
  • River Otter
  • Saw-whet Owl
  • Turtle

Is my sponsorship tax deductible? Read more.

Sponsor A Species donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Your payment, less the fair market value (FMV) of goods and services received, is deductible for income tax purposes.

For gifts more than $50, a portion of your donation may not be tax deductible based on the fair market value of the premiums provided in return. See the chart below for details. Should you wish to have your donation be fully tax deductible, you may choose to waive receipt of the premiums.

The tax deductible amount will be provided on your thank you letter.

Sponsor Level Deductible Amount Post Card, Fact Sheet, Certificate FMV Plush Toy FMV Water Bottle FMV Trail Walk FMV Private Program FMV
$50 $50 $0 - - - -
$100 $92 $0 $8 - - -
$250 $227 $0 $8 $15 - -
$500 $377 $0 $8 $15 $100 -
$1,000 $777 $0 $8 $15 $100 $100

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID number is 02-0271824. Prices and fair market values are subject to change. Please consult a tax advisor with questions.


Thank you for your sponsorships:

Bald Eagle
Peter and Cynthia Lynch
In memory of Davis Thurber from Gary and Brenda Diederich
Black Bear

Jennifer Barry
Hailey Bourque
Mikki Zick

Bobcat
Ella Hall
In memory of Greg Smith from Ann and Rich Chalmers
Coyote
In memory of Ruth Boudreau from Jackie Esthus
Kinsley O'Connor
Great Horned Owl
Megan Brink
In memory of Don and Shirley Esthus from Brad Esthus
Glen Lyford
Theo Mattler
Mountain Lion
Brooklynn Bourque
Alyssa, Peter, and Andrew Brown
Caleb Hall
Red Fox
Kimberly Greenhut
River Otter
Drs. Claire Donovan and Philip Larkin
Saw-whet Owl

Turtle
Deb Puleo
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