Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) is an environmental education center and zoo founded in 1966 and opened to the public on July 1, 1969. The science center is located in Holderness, New Hampshire, United States. The mission of the science center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire's natural world.

The science center uses live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises to educate visitors about the natural world. Using the outdoors as a classroom and native New Hampshire animals as teaching ambassadors, the science center teaches the ecological concepts of adaptations, populations, interrelationships, and habitats.
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  • We had a great 90 minute tour of the lake today with Ashley as our guide. The pontoon boat holds 20 and is covered but we had only 8 on our boat. She was very informative about the lake and local... 
    We had a great 90 minute tour of the lake today with Ashley as our guide. The pontoon boat holds 20 and is covered but we had only 8 on our boat. She was very informative about the lake and local...  more »
  • Really only suited to young children. Lots of very noisy, interactive exhibits which one would think would be distressing for the few animals that were there. We couldn't work out if it was a... 
    Really only suited to young children. Lots of very noisy, interactive exhibits which one would think would be distressing for the few animals that were there. We couldn't work out if it was a...  more »
  • Walked thru the nature trail where there were exhibits on the animals found in New Hampshire . The trail was set up very nicely but unfortunately many of the animals weren’t active or hiding so we... 
    Walked thru the nature trail where there were exhibits on the animals found in New Hampshire . The trail was set up very nicely but unfortunately many of the animals weren’t active or hiding so we...  more »
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  • Visited with my significant other on May 9th. Was not busy at all! Has so many interactive exhibits to learn from. Though we are both adults, we enjoyed playing and reading all the information along the trail. Love the hands on learning, it's the perfect place for children to learn new things about animals and nature while having tons of fun (and seeing animals!). The animals looked happy, and the enclosures were very natural and large for them to roam around. Will definitely return in the future!
  • This is a really big nature center with Science involved. Good for the kids and adults to learn some everyday things about animals and insects. Love the big moving insects as you walk through the park. Would of gave it 5 starts but most of the animals were not even there. The costs is $22 for Adults fyi. It was a nice donation!
  • Don't let the price deter you. We thought about not going due to how expensive it was, but we had a great time. It s like a zoo for wild animals....and honestly we were happy to support it. The educational parts were great and very well done. My 4 yr old had an absolute blast and we were there easily for 3 hours and she probably would have stayed longer. The site is stroller friendly which was great for my younger daughter. Would highly recommend.
  • We came here with our three kids who are 2, 3, and 5. The trail was relaxing and easy, even for little toddler legs and two adults who don't work out consistently. The animals all looked healthy and well taken care of. Their habitats were very impressive. Glad we came and will go again in the future.
  • Can't say enough about this place. It's fantastic!! If your looking for a place to take the family with animals and a playground and a learning experience. Take them here. It's beautiful. Lots of shade in most places. Loved it.

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