Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness announced it will delay the start of its 2020 public trail season. Its usual opening is May 1. An opening date is not known yet, until state leaders offer further guidance about coronavirus restrictions.

When the Science Center does open, there will be new measures ready, which are designed to keep visitors, animals, and staff safe. These include offering pre-purchase of timed admission tickets online, making trails one-way to aid in physical distancing, limiting capacity, adding hand sanitizer dispensers on the exhibit trail, intensifying cleaning, having staff wear facemasks, and keeping some buildings closed temporarily. The Science Center staff and board are working hard to put safe and effective practices for public visitors and staff to ensure everyone has a good visit but also remains safe.

The animals are healthy and doing well. They are receiving dedicated, professional care and feeding every day. In the meantime, the Science Center continues to post a variety of resources to social media and its website (nhnature.org/resources), with many ways for the public to get Nearer to Nature. Virtually Wild School Programs were recently announced as a way for schools to access educational programs for students. (nhnature.org/teachers)

With the start of the trail season being delayed, other events have been postponed or cancelled, including New Hampshire Day and Kirkwood Gardens Day. New Hampshire Day will tentatively move to a fall date yet to be determined. Kirkwood Gardens Day is cancelled but plants will be available for sale beginning May 30 at the garden.

All attractions and public places of recreation in the state are preparing for how to manage re-opening while keeping everyone safe. The Science Center will release more information as it becomes available and is looking forward to welcoming the public back.