PO Box 173, 23 Science Center Road,
Holderness, NH 03245
Press Contact: Amanda Gillen, Marketing & Visitor Services Manager
603-968-7194 x34 or Amanda.Gillen@nhnature.org
603-968-7194 x34 or Amanda.Gillen@nhnature.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 27, 2015
New Hampshire Day at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
New Hampshire Residents Enjoy $5 Trail Admission
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center celebrates the start of the 49th annual trail season with New Hampshire Day on Saturday, May 2. The Science Center has held New Hampshire Day annually since 1991.
New Hampshire Day allows New Hampshire residents to get nearer to nature with discounted trail admission to the animal exhibit trail. New Hampshire residents pay just $5 for trail admission on May 2. Regular admission rates are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (ages 3 to 15), and children 2 and under are free.
Visitors will see live native New Hampshire animals including red fox, gray fox, skunk, bobcat, mountain lion, white-tailed deer, river otter, black bear, owls, hawks, and eagles in natural enclosures along the three-quarter mile live animal exhibit trail. Plus visitors will see two new exhibits: a live Coyote Exhibit and a Wood Energy Exhibit. In addition to the discounted trail admission, special Up Close to Animals presentations will be held at 11:00 a.m. (Porcupine), 1:00 p.m. (Great-horned owl), and 3:00 p.m.(Peregrine falcon). These presentations offer visitors an up close look at live animals with discussion led by an experienced naturalist educator.
Other activities include a trail scavenger hunt where families may win great prizes, volunteer docents on the animal exhibit trail with live animals and props, and Dead River Company employees will be on hand providing information about energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Also, the Howling Coyote Gift Shop will hold its annual New Hampshire Day sale of books, toys, apparel, and gifts.
New Hampshire Day is generously sponsored by Dead River Company and the New Hampshire Electric Co-op Foundation. The NHEC Foundation will also provide free admission on New Hampshire Day to all NHEC members. Members should mention that they are NHEC members at admissions.
“Dead River Company is pleased to have established a tradition of supporting Squam Lakes Natural Science Center,” said Bob Moore, Dead River Company CEO. “Ongoing support helps keep children and families returning to the Center year after year to learn about ecology and the importance of preservation and conservation. It also allows the Center to increase its efforts to attract new visitors. The more people know about our natural world and its value to our future, the better.”
“The NHEC Foundation Board is happy to support New Hampshire Day again this year and we are excited to extend that support further by offering to cover the already low $5 admission fee for all NHEC members,” said Audrey Goudie, Executive Director of the NHEC Foundation.
The animal exhibit trail is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the last trail admission at 3:30 p.m. on New Hampshire Day. The trails open for the season at regular admission rates on Friday, May 1. For more information please visit www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.
About Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors for more than forty years about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and is open daily from May 1 through November 1. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in all of northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.
About Dead River Company
Founded in 1909 by Charles Hutchins, Dead River Company originated in the forest products industry, along the banks of the Dead River, from which the company took its name. Today, Dead River Company is the largest retailer of home heating products in northern New England. Known for their highly-skilled and quality technical services, Dead River Company designs, installs and services heating and cooling systems fueled by oil, propane, and kerosene. Energy professionals provide 24- hour emergency response service, as well as advice on how to achieve fuel conservation and efficiency goals. For more information, visit www.deadriver.com.
About New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Foundation
The NHEC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) funded by members of the New Hampshire Electric Co-op whose monthly electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar with the proceeds benefiting the Foundation. Founded in late 2005, the Foundation has donated more than $1.8 million to support charities, organizations and programs that improve the quality of life in New Hampshire. If interested in participating in Round Up, please visit www.nhec.com and click on the “Contribute Now” button on the home page or call Member Solutions at 1-800-698-2007 to “Opt In.”