Science Center Offers Family Access Membership

Special program for SNAP recipients

Press release

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center offers a new Family Access Membership to the Science Center for New Hampshire families receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits. This furthers the Science Center’s mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world to more visitors regardless of income level.

The Family Access Membership is $25 and must be purchased at Admissions on-site at the Science Center through November 1. An eligible adult must provide their name, address, email, phone number, and show a current EBT card and photo ID.

Family Access Membership enjoys the same benefits and privileges that all Science Center members enjoy for the duration of the season. Benefits include free admission to trails and exhibits; discounted extra guest trail admission; discounted programs and lake cruises for the member and guests; subscription to Tracks and Trails newsletter; 10% discount at the Howling Coyote Gift Shop; and reciprocal admission to participating zoos, aquariums, and nature centers through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Association of Nature Center Administrators.

The adult purchasing the Family Access Membership must be the person named on the EBT card and ID and must always accompany the member group when visiting. Family Access Memberships are not transferable or refundable and may not be used for gift memberships. 

Family Access Memberships may not be used for school or other organized group admissions and may not be combined with any other discounts or coupons. If a Family Access Membership group exceeds six people, other guests must show separate eligibility and identification or pay the member guest rate.

The Family Access Membership program is generously sponsored by Dead River Company, MLK and Company, and the New Hampshire Electric Co-op Foundation.

Learn more about the Science Center at For further details about the Family Access Membership please contact Kim Beardwood-Smith at or 968-7194 x131.

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 968-7194 or visit