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For adults and children ages 12+
Get to know the dinosaur species exhibited in Dinosaurs Alive! through an illustrated indoor presentation followed by a walk to see the giant animatronic dinosaurs. We will wrap up by meeting a live modern day dinosaur in the classroom.
Uncover the rich natural history of Squam Lake with an experienced naturalist educator. Observe Loons and Bald Eagles and their nesting sites along with other wildlife. Learn how animals survive and adapt to their aquatic world. Gain an appreciation and deeper understanding of Squam Lake from mountain ranges to island stories to quiet spots during this memorable lake experience. All Squam Lake Cruises are 90 minutes in length. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost. Please note that New Hampshire state law requires any youth age 12 and under must wear a life jacket on board a boat.
Combination passes include one trail pass and one lake cruise pass for the same day.
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 for Common Loons, Bald Eagles, and other wildlife. All Squam Lake Cruises are 90 minutes in length. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost. Please note that New Hampshire state law requires any youth age 12 and under must wear a life jacket on board a boat.
Combination passes include one trail pass and one lake cruise pass for the same day.

Rise and shine with Vinyasa Yoga on the deck at the Water Matters Pavilion. Stretch and renew while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. Led by local certified yoga instructors, this gentle flow yoga is appropriate for all levels. Bring a yoga mat, water, and bug spray. Meet at the Welcome Center. Held indoors if raining.
Start your evening with a delicious fixed price dinner at Walter's Basin Restaurant, followed by a sunset cruise on Squam Lake. This guided tour showcases Squam's beauty as dusk falls. The guide discusses the natural history, wildlife, and people of Squam Lake. The Dinner and Sunset Cruise is 90 minutes in length and departs from the docks at Walter's Basin Restaurant on Route 3 in downtown Holderness. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost.
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We are delighted to join forces with our friends and colleagues at the Loon Preservation Committee (LPC). Offered twice a week these cruises focus on Common Loon conservation, biology, and monitoring. A Science Center naturalist joins a LPC biologist who guides the tour and discusses the work LPC does across the state and on Squam to protect these extraordinary birds. The cruise route is chosen to maximize Loon observations. All Squam Lake Cruises are 90 minutes in length. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost. Please note that New Hampshire state law requires any youth age 12 and under must wear a life jacket on board a boat.
Combination passes include one trail pass and one lake cruise pass for the same day.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center provides shuttle service to and from Chocorua Island (Church Island) on Sundays for church services.
Please note that New Hampshire state law requires any youth age 12 and under must wear a life jacket on board a boat.
Experience the excitement of Squam Lake as active explorers. This family-style cruise gives children an opportunity to use binoculars, search for Common Loons, collect microscopic life, watch live fish, participate in a scavenger hunt, and test their navigational abilities. Get on board for a cruise that could spark an interest to last a lifetime. All Squam Lake Cruises are 90 minutes in length. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost. Please note that New Hampshire state law requires any youth age 12 and under must wear a life jacket on board a boat.
Combination passes include one trail pass and one lake cruise pass for the same day.

For ages 2 and 3

Join us to explore the natural world with your little one! Using our five senses, we will investigate our surroundings in fields, forests, ponds, and streams. Please dress for the weather with clothes that can get wet and muddy! Adults get to play too. An adult must participate with children at no additional cost.


If minimum enrollment is not met, programs may be cancelled. Walk-ins may be accommodated if space is available.
For families with children ages 4+
We will head out on the trail to discover the five giant, animatronic dinosaurs of Dinosaurs Alive! After learning about when these animals lived and how they survived, we will play a few dinosaur games and wrap up in the classroom with a visit from a live modern day dinosaur!