Spend the day learning about wildlife during a visit Squam Lakes Science Center in NH for good ‘ole family fun!
Visit Squam Lakes Science Center with your family this summer – it’s a truly wonderful place to explore! The whole family will love the interactive exhibits and live animals. This post has been sponsored by Stonyfield, however, all opinions are my own. #ad #StonyfieldBlogger
Recently, my family had the opportunity to visit Squam Lakes Science Center, a AZA accredited facility in Holderness, NH thanks to their partnership with Stonyfield Farm. Our son Ethan went there last year on his second grade field trip and had a blast. As we checked in at the Welcome Center, Ethan was dubbed the official leader of our day’s expedition and given the map. Our daughter Olivia was only too happy to follow her big brother down the path. The kids ran ahead of us exclaiming at the sights and sounds as they went.
Olivia was enamored with the Red Foxes in the Ecotone Exhibit. On the walls of each exhibit were a sample of fur from each animal. Olivia loved touching them all and at the end declared that the Red Fox was the softest of all.
Mr. Juggling Act’s favorite exhibit was the Black Bears. One of them came right up next to the observation area and seemed to be investigating us! With two levels to watch from, this is a really fun spot along the trail.
For me, it was the Mountain Lion, something about their grace and power was just so majestic. I was somewhat mesmerized by the big cat pacing back and forth his beautiful enclosure. Many of the animals had a river running through their habitat with small falls, making for a really picturesque experience.
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For Ethan, it was the playground, which I’ve got to admit is pretty awesome!
When you visit Squam Lakes Science Center, you’ll want to pack some snacks. There’s no eating on the trail, but there is a beautiful picnic area just before the trail begins where you can eat a picnic lunch or snack. It’s the perfect spot to munch on some fresh veggies and a little of my homemade Creamy Dill Greek Yogurt Dip! This is such a versatile recipe because you can tweak the ingredients to suit your tastes… add more garlic if you’re a fan, or add a little paprika for color and hint of smokiness. Plus, this dip is great for parties, picnics and lunch boxes! I love using Stonyfield products not only because they’re delicious, but because of the quality ingredients that I know go into their products. It’s organic, non GMO goodness that comes from farms that pasture feed their cows.
Visit Squam Lakes Science Center
If you’re going to visit Squam Lakes Science Center, be sure to check out their website website first. They are open 9:30am-5:00pm daily, with the last ticket is sold at 3:30pm. You can see the he River Otter feedings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30am. They accept MC, VISA, AMEX and Discover. The Admission fees are $19.00 for adults, $16 for Seniors (65+) and $14 for kids ages 3-15. Children 2 and under are free. You can save money on admission for a limited time with the Stonyfield AZA offer below, or visit your local library to see if they have a pass.
Here in New England, we have many AZA-accredited facilities, including Squam Lakes Science Center, of course, and also Museum of Science in Boston, Stone Zoo, Franklin Park Zoo, and the New England Aquarium to name a few.
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eight other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.
To find an AZA-accredited zoo or agquarium in your community, visit here: https://www.aza.org/current-accreditation-list