Nestled along 210 acres across from New Hampshire’s second largest lake, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness is a sprawling collection of fields, forests and wetlands teeming with wildlife from the natural world. The animals on display at the center include minks, painted turtles, coyotes, foxes, fishers, bobcats, mountain lions, deer, river otters, black bears, owls and hawks, along with various fish and amphibians.

The center offers field trips, summer guided discovery tours, nature tours, homeschool programs, group tours and birthday tours. The trail hours from May 1 to Nov. 1 are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last trail admission at 3:30 p.m. In addition, from May through October, the cruises on Squam Lake include a Discover Squam cruise, a cruise with a naturalist; a loon cruise and private charters. Visit