.... featuring New York area weekend trips with James and his Mom as they search
for fun, excitement and learning adventures!
Squam Lake Adventure
This way to see Squam Lake ...
James says: Did you know that an American Black bear cub is born weighing
only 8 ounces? Can you imagine a bear the size of a hamburger? Yeah me either,
but it's true. Then, when it grows to be an adult, it can weigh anywhere from
200 to 600 pounds. Now that's a growth spurt.
Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) has an awesome Black
bear exhibit. There
are two bears that live there, and you can see them from a tree
house type of viewing area. It's open so you see them without
fences and wires. It is pretty amazing.
exhibit has a ton of information and fun facts about each animal.
Besides the animal and raptor exhibits, which are incredible,
my two favorite exhibits are the "Life Underground Exhibit",
which has a people size chipmunk burrow, and the Gordon Children's
the Children's Activity Center (my mom's favorite part) you can climb a giant
spider web, crawl through tunnels, hear the sounds of nocturnal animals, create
your own bugs, and climb in a two-story tree, all inside a building. It is good
fun. We all liked this place, we had such a great time and still learned a lot.
This place is
so very cool. It should be called The Squam Lakes Zoo, Playground, Garden, Learning
and Natural Science Center, but then the name would be way too long to say ...
also in Travel -> New Hampshire Tourist Attractions
A Squam Lake resident
keeps his eye on visitors.
Says : The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC), 23
Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245 T: 603-968-7194, Squam Lake directions and admission.
The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a non-profit environmental education
organization that was started as a grass
roots effort by the residents of Holderness, New Hampshire, as a way to preserve
the area's natural assets.
has made it possible for visitors to get "Nearer to Nature" since 1966.
SLNSC is located in central New
Hampshire's Lakes Region. With the help of wonderful live animal exhibits,
first-rate natural science education programs, and terrific lake cruises, the
Science Center has instructed and informed visitors about the importance of our
natural world for more than forty years.
They earned accreditation from the Association
of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 2006. This accreditation is a publicly recognized
badge of excellence. It is proof positive that SLNSC is committed to the highest
standards in animal care, ethics, conservation, and education.
See for yourself at the center's three walking/hiking trails plus
one exhibit trail. You can of course choose one or combine them,
depending on your level of energy and how many kids you have with
Mount Fayal Trail is for the enthusiastic hiker, not the "Sunday afternoon
stroll in the park" kind of hiker. It is a steep, one mile loop up Mt. Fayal,
elevation 1,067 feet. It is a gorgeous, hour long, hike and the view at the top
is just spectacular, if you are up to it. It is a little rough on the young ones
and the elderly.
James sniffs out one of
the interactive exhibits.
Next you have the
slightly less challenging, 2/3-mile Forest Trail. This hike is also about an hour
long and self-guiding trail booklets available at the trailhead. The 1/3 mile
Ecotone trail is a short hike following the boundary between field and forest.
This is an excellent habitat for numerous animals with its abundance of food and
milder-mannered path is the Gephart Exhibit Trail. This self-guided
tour winds through the beautiful gardens and over ponds; in addition
you can experience all the amazing exhibits of native animals,
and hands-on learning centers. Though rather bumpy terrain, this
area is handicapped accessible and motorized scooters are available
for those who need them. The paths are rocky so if you have an
all-terrain stroller bring it. Also bring lots of water and I
would suggest a nice picnic lunch. You will work up an appetite.
fun aspect of SLNSC is the Lake Cruise. You board a pontoon boat,
with a trained guide and take a 90-minute tour of the wildlife
on, around and above Squam Lake. Along the way, film buffs can
also take in the site where they filmed "On Golden Pond."
2002, Bald Eagles came back to nest on Squam Lake after a 50 plus year absence.
They are truly a sight to see, especially in the wild. Kirkwood Gardens is a one-acre
garden full of beautiful fauna, birds and butterflies, and it is also really worth
seeing. The whole family enjoyed the experience. Everything was open and kid-friendly.
During our hike
the kids spotted a bullfrog by the marsh bridge. They were all very excited.
see - You could easily spend several days hiking and taking in the beauty
of the place. If you only have one day to visit I would say the Gephart Exhibit
Trail is not to be missed, especially if you are traveling with kids.