HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is pleased to offer the following programs and events in October. Advance registration is required for all programs unless otherwise stated. To purchase tickets for this event, and learn about upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

Loons and Leaves: Squam Lake Fall Naturalist Cruise: Against the backdrop of colored foliage, enjoy the sheltered coves and mountain views of Squam Lake. Look in on loon activities as young loons grow up and all prepare to migrate to the ocean for the winter. Find out why loons pick Squam Lake as their summer home on Fri., October 1 and Fri., October 8, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. The Fall Naturalist Cruise is for adults. Costs are: $23/member and $27/non-members.

Mt. Fayal Family Hike: Enjoy the views of Squam Lake from Mt. Fayal on this family friendly hike on Sun., October 3, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Hikers will make their way up the Mt. Fayal Trail on the Science Center property at a leisurely pace, while engaging in some fun activities along the way to help explore and discover the natural world. Participants should be prepared to hike approximately 1.25 miles with 500 feet of elevation gain, including some steep sections. Families should bring a backpack with water and snacks, wear layers appropriate for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes with good traction. Costs are: $9/member and $11/non-members.

Environmental Board Games for Adults: Calling all adult board game fans (and soon to be fans) to gather to play board games with nature themes on Tues., October 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Games include “Wingspan”, where players try to collect a beautiful and diverse collection of birds for a wildlife reserve; “Photosynthesis”, where players are a tree competing for sunlight to grow taller as the sun moves around the board; and CO2, a game where players travel back to the 1970s to invest in green power plants and stop global warming. All instruction provided. Players can stay for one game or the duration to play a few more. Snacks and beverages provided. Costs are: $5/member; $8/non-members.

Science Pub Outdoors: Local Impacts of Climate Change on Thurs., October 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Food trucks, beer, and science – need we say more? Adults, join us at our outdoor classroom pavilion to hear from local scientists about climate change impacts we can see right here in New Hampshire. Come early to purchase the Uncommon Woman Conservation Ale brewed by Smuttynose Brewing Company for The Common Man in support of Squam Lakes Conservation Society and food from a local food truck. Must be 21+ and show ID to purchase beer. Bring warm layers and blankets. The Science Pub series is a collaboration between Squam Lakes Association, Squam Lakes Conservation Society, and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Cost: No charge to attend but reservations are required. Reserve online at nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194 x 7.

Environmental Board Games for Teens: Sun., October 17, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Calling all teenage board game fans (and soon to be fans) to gather to play board games with nature themes. Games include Wingspan, where players try to collect a beautiful and diverse collection of birds for a wildlife reserve; Photosynthesis, where players are a tree competing for sunlight to grow taller as the sun moves around the board; and CO2, a game where players travel back to the 1970s to invest in green power plants and stop global warming. All instruction provided. Players can stay for one game or the duration to play a few more. Snacks and beverages provided. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. Cost: $5/member; $8/non-members.

Stone Walls and Cellar Holes: Stone walls and cellar holes built during the 1800s are found throughout the forests of New Hampshire. Some of these structures were built in unlikely places, making people today question the judgment of their builders. But what do these stone remains tell us about the past and do they serve any purpose today? The stone structures located on Science Center property provide some clues of how they were built and what purpose they served. On Sun., October 17, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., participants will look at how the surrounding forest was affected by the disturbance associated with these stone formations, how they are being utilized today by new homesteaders, and how the plants in the area provide clues to previous uses of the land. Please wear sturdy walking shoes as participants will be hiking on and off trail on uneven terrain. Costs are $9/member and $11/non-members.

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, guided Squam Lake Cruises, an informal public garden, and Blue Heron School, a nature-based Montessori early learning center, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 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 public trails are open daily from May 1 through November 1 with programming throughout the year. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.

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