Nature Activities that Kids can Dig Into!

In celebration of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center‘s 50th anniversary, Senior Naturalist Dave Erler has published a fun new book, 50 Nature Activities for Kids, and the Science Center is offering a great series of programs that feature activities from the book to get kids exploring nature!

The Celebrating Summer Series begins with the first session on Saturday, June 25th at 10am. There will be four dates offered in the series, and each program will feature activities from the book, 50 Nature Activities for Kids. Session 1 will include activities such as: bio census with Frisbees and coat hanger, grass blade whistling, and racing invertebrates (along with many more!). Session 2 (7/15) will feature: catching crawfish, leaf prints, and striped maple goose feet. Session 3 (7/28) will include: bracken fern hat, building a butterfly net, and sumac lemonade. Session 4 (8/16) will feature: bark rubbings, color with plants, jewelweed, and log looking. Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $7 per member child, $9 per non-member child. Advance registration is required by noon the day before the program. Please call 603-968-7194 x7. If minimum enrollment is not met, programs may be cancelled. Walk-ins may be accommodated if space is available.

Dave Erler’s many years of experience as a naturalist along with a lifelong curiosity for nature have come together in this book. Kids and their grown-ups can enjoy 50 nature activities with step-by-step instructions to get outside and dig into the natural world together! Books are available for sale in the Howling Coyote Gift Shop or at the Science Center’s website at Also available is Nearer to Nature: Selected Writings and Photographs from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center by Margaret Gillespie, another Naturalist at the Center.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. From humble beginnings, the organization has grown into the state’s premier natural science center. The dedicated staff now provides outstanding nature-related experiences for more than 85,000 people each year. The Science Center is grateful for achieving this milestone through the vision, energy, and generosity of many people over the years. The celebrations will continue throughout 2016 with special events as well as the publication of these two very special books.

Celebrate 50 years with Squam Lakes Natural Science Center! For more information on all their great programs and events, please visit or call 603-968-7194.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit and And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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