MAY PROGRAMS AND EVENTS AT SQUAM LAKES NATURAL SCIENCE CENTER

TRAILS OPEN!
Sunday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center celebrates its fiftieth annual trail season opening on Sunday, May 1. Regular trail hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.) 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. The Science Center is the only institution in northern New England accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). New for the 2016 is the Water Matters Pavilion featuring 18 water-related exhibits including live mink, turtles, fish, and frogs.
Trail rates for 2016 are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors (age 65+), $14 for youth ages 3 to 15, free for children 2 and under and members. Visit http://www.nhnature.org for more information.

Spring Birding
Friday, May 13, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, in partnership with the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, offers a bird identification program for adults and children ages 14 and up. Join Science Center Executive Director, Iain MacLeod, for this series of beginning birding programs. A huge variety of birds fill the woods, meadows, and wetlands of the area each spring. Explore a variety of habitats in the Lakes Region looking for birds while learning identification by sight and sound, building on your bird identification skills each week.
Cost: $12 per Science Center or Squam Lakes Conservation Society member; $15 per non-member
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

New Hampshire Day
Saturday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center invites New Hampshire residents to New Hampshire Day for a reduced trail admission of just $5 (regular adult admission is $19). Visitors will get to experience the new Water Matters Pavilion featuring 18 water related exhibits including live mink, turtles, fish, and frogs. There will also be live animal presentations at 11:00 a.m. (Opossum), 1:00 p.m. (Porcupine), and 3:00 p.m. (Barred owl). Volunteer docents will be on the exhibit trail with live animals and props. The Howling Coyote Gift Shop holds its annual New Hampshire Day sale.  Dead River Company will be onsite providing energy saving ideas. New Hampshire Electric Cooperative will provide free admission to New Hampshire Electric Co-op Members on New Hampshire Day. NHEC members should mention that they are members at admissions. New Hampshire Day is generously sponsored by Dead River Company and New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Foundation.
Cost: $5/ New Hampshire residents; $19/adult; $16 senior (age 65+), $14 youth (ages 3 to 15); Free for children 2 and under and members.
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

Spring Birding
Friday, May 20, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, in partnership with the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, offers a bird identification program for adults and children ages 14 and up. Join Science Center Executive Director, Iain MacLeod, for this series of beginning birding programs. A huge variety of birds fill the woods, meadows, and wetlands of the area each spring. Explore a variety of habitats in the Lakes Region looking for birds while learning identification by sight and sound, building on your bird identification skills each week.
Cost: $12 per Science Center or Squam Lakes Conservation Society member; $15 per non-member
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

Spring Birding
Friday, May 27, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, in partnership with the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, offers a bird identification program for adults and children ages 14 and up. Join Science Center Executive Director, Iain MacLeod, for this series of beginning birding programs. A huge variety of birds fill the woods, meadows, and wetlands of the area each spring. Explore a variety of habitats in the Lakes Region looking for birds while learning identification by sight and sound, building on your bird identification skills each week.
Cost: $12 per Science Center or Squam Lakes Conservation Society member; $15 per non-member
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

ONGOING PROGRAMS
River Otter Feeding
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning May 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds a special river otter feeding every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30 a.m. See the two playful resident river otters enjoy an early lunch. Expert volunteers tell visitors about otter biology and ecology, while also serving up a tasty treat or two. River otter feeding time is included in regular trail admission.
Cost: FREE/members; $19/adult, $16/senior (65+), $14/youth (ages 3 to 15), children 2 and under free.
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

Bald Eagle Adventure Cruise
Tuesdays, May 17, 24, 31, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center offers special Bald Eagle Adventure Cruises for a limited time during May and June. Join Science Center Executive Director Iain MacLeod for a special cruise to view these magnificent birds in their natural habitat. The cruise will focus on the recovery of Bald Eagles as a nesting species in the state of New Hampshire with particular discussion of the bald eagles on Squam Lake. All Squam Lake Cruises are 90-minutes and depart from the dock on Route 3 at the bridge, next to Walter’s Basin Restaurant in downtown Holderness. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost. There is limited space for Squam Lake Cruises. Please reserve your seat by calling 603-968-7194.
Cost: Adult: $21/member; $25/non-member
Senior: $19/member; $23/non-member
Youth (up to age 15): $17/member; $21/non-member
Not recommended for children under 3
Save $6 with a combination pass (lake cruise and exhibit trail)
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

Explore Squam Cruise
Daily 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. beginning Saturday, May 16
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents Squam Lake Cruises for the 2016 season. This unforgettable guided tour has something to delight everyone. Learn about the natural history of the lake, the wildlife that makes Squam so special, and the people who have enjoyed these lakes for over 5,000 years. View locations where the movie On Golden Pond was filmed over 30 years ago. Watch Common Loons and Bald Eagles, regularly seen, but best viewed while nesting from May through August. All Squam Lake Cruises are 90-minutes and depart from the dock on Route 3 at the bridge, next to Walter’s Basin Restaurant in downtown Holderness. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost. There is limited space for Squam Lake Cruises. Please reserve your seat by calling 603-968-7194.
Cost: Adult: $21/member; $25/non-member
Senior: $19/member; $23/non-member
Youth (up to age 15): $17/member; $21/non-member
Not recommended for children under 3
Save $6 with a combination pass (lake cruise and exhibit trail)
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org.or call 603-968-7194.

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, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, 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 is open daily from May 1 through November 1. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in all of northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.
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