Newfound Audubon Center, Hebron

Paradise Point Center

Center Information/Hours

Visit the New Hampshire Audubon Newfound Center on North Shore Road in Hebron, NH.

Have a question or want to register for a program?

Call us from Memorial Day to Labor Day at 603-744-3516 or email newfoundaud@nhaudubon.org.

The rest of the year, contact the primary phone number at NH Audubon: 603-224-9909 or email nha@nhaudubon.org.

Early Season: Open on weekends starting June 3

Summer: June 17 – Labor Day
Weekdays: 10-4
Weekends: 8-4

About the Center

Located on the beautiful northern shore of Newfound Lake, the Newfound Audubon Center is comprised of three wildlife sanctuaries, the Paradise Point Nature Center, Ash Cottage at Hebron Marsh Sanctuary and the Bear Mountain Sanctuary. During the summer months, the Nature Center offers many programs for all ages, several interactive exhibits, and canoe and kayak rentals. With sanctuary trails open all year, there is always something to do.

Why Visit?

The Paradise Point, Hebron Marsh, and Bear Mountain Sanctuary trails are open year-round to bird watchers and hikers, Nordic skiers and snowshoers. Paradise Point and Hebron Marsh extend to the water’s edge, allowing visitors to experience more of Newfound Lake’s habitat, while Bear Mountain’s hillside habitat exemplifies the beauty of New Hampshire’s woodlands.

Trail Guides

Directions

From Concord: Drive north on Route 93 to Exit 23. Follow Route 104W to Bristol. Follow directions below.

From Bristol: Drive north on Route 3A for 9 miles. Turn left onto North Shore Road. After one mile, Paradise Point is on the left. Drive 1 ½ miles past Paradise Point to Hebron Marsh Sanctuary. One quarter mile past Hebron Marsh, turn left after Hebron Village onto West Shore Road. Bear Mountain Sanctuary is 1/4 mile ahead on the right. Note: Parking for hikers is on Cross Road, 1/8 mile from Hebron Village on the left.

From Plymouth: West on Route 25 to West Plymouth rotary. Turn right at rotary sign directing to Newfound Lake and Bristol, Route 3A. Turn right on North Shore Road. After one mile, Paradise Point is on the left. Drive 1 ½ miles past Paradise Point to Hebron Marsh Sanctuary. One quarter mile past Hebron Marsh, turn left after Hebron Village onto West Shore Road. Bear Mountain Sanctuary is 1/4 mile ahead on the right. Note: Parking for hikers is on Cross Road, 1/8 mile from Hebron Village on the left.

Group Programs / Employee Outings/ Kids’ “BEARTH”day Parties / Camp Outreach

The Newfound Audubon Center can be the spot to hold your employee outing, special family reunion, wedding or other event. Space for parking is extensive at Ash Cottage, but events can also be held at Paradise Point. Consider having a day of canoeing and kayaking available to your group, include a nature program or even a campfire to round out the fun and learning. In addition to our engaging programs, our nature center includes several interactive exhibits and live animal displays. With three separate sanctuaries, and 3,500 feet of unspoiled frontage on Newfound Lake, we are the perfect destination for inquisitive and adventure-seeking groups. Have your child’s summer birthday party at Newfound Audubon Center! We will help plan everything and include a program, too! Catering to camp and recreation departments, we offer flexible programming and can work directly with you to complement your current curriculum.

Rentals & Lessons

Canoes & 2 Person Kayaks Fee Member Fee
Full Day $ 45 $ 36
Half Day (3 hours) $ 35 $ 28
Kayaks Fee Member Fee
Full Day $ 35 $ 28
Half Day (3 hours) $ 25 $ 20
Stand-Up Paddle Board Fee Member Fee
Full Day $ 45 $ 36
Half Day (3 hours) $ 35 $ 28
Yoga/Fitness Lesson w/Board Rental
w/o Board Rental
1.5 hour lesson $ 35 $ 20

Please call to register for Paddleboard sessions and multiple boat rentals.

Rental Policy

All rentals include: boat, paddles, life jackets (for average build), a list of safety tips, and a map of the north end of the lake. Reservations can be made in advance for full day rentals only.

To register for a program, please contact the Newfound Audubon Center at (603) 744-3516 from May through September and leave a detailed message. You may also email any inquiries to newfoundaud@nhaudubon.org.

Red Barn Presentations
Tuesdays, June 20 – August 29* from  7:00–8:15 pm
*no program on July 4

Programs held across the street at Meadow Wind B&B. Park at Ash Cottage.
Suggested Donation: $5M/$7NM

Join us for our Red Barn Speaker Series on Tuesday evenings. With topics ranging from Bobcats and Golden Eagles to landscaping for lake protection, there will be a talk to spark everyone’s interest!

Visit The Red Barn Speaker Series page for the full schedule.

Beginner Bird ID
Mondays, June 19 – July  17

Location: Paradise Point Sanctuary
Run time: 9am – 10am
Suggested donation: $5 Member/$7 Non-member

Join an Audubon Naturalist for a birding walk on the trails at Paradise Point. Binoculars and field guides will be available for use. We will work on binocular technique and ID skills. Any species recorded will be added to the Newfound Center daily species log. Pre-registration encouraged. Suitable for ages 10 and up.

Guided Paddle of the Newfound Lake Water Trail
Tuesdays, June 27 – August 29

Location: Paradise Point Sanctuary
Run time: 2:30pm – 4pm
Program fee: $20 Member/$25 Non-member (includes boat rental)

Choose from a canoe, single/double kayak, or paddleboard as we travel along the route of the newly created water trail. Visiting as many stops as time allows and learning more about the geology and ecology of Newfound Lake. Pre-registration required. Children encouraged with adult supervision.

Muck About
Wednesdays, June 28 – August 16*
*no program on July 5

Location: Paradise Point Sanctuary
Run time: 10:30am – 11:45am
Suggested donation: $5 Member/ $7 Non-member

Grab a net and a field guide and see what’s hiding in the muck! We will search for creatures small and slimy and try to identify species with the help of a microscope. Find out why these species are so important to the lake ecosystem.  Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Which Tree are Thee?
Thursdays, June 29 – August 3

Location: Paradise Point Sanctuary
Run time: 2pm – 3pm
Suggested donation: $5 Member/ $7 Non-member

Bark, leaves/needles, location, and shape can all be used to help identify tree species. Learn how to identify trees and pick up some interesting facts about current and historical uses for different species. Suitable for all ages.

Audubon EcoTour with NLRA
Fridays, June 9 – August 25

Location: Grey Rock Conservation Area
Run time: 10am – 12pm
See EcoTours tab above for schedule and narrators

Join an Audubon narrator aboard the NLRA pontoon boat for an EcoTour of Newfound Lake. We will look for wildlife and explore some of the points of interest around the lake. Binoculars will be available for use during the tour. NH Audubon members can inquire to receive the NLRA member rate for the tour. Registration is required and payment is due upon boarding the boat. All the details and registration can be found on the Newfound Lake Region Association website. Select the “Book Your EcoTour” button to see the calendar and NH Audubon Fridays.

Paddleboard Yoga Lesson
Every other Saturday, starting June 3

Location: Paradise Point Sanctuary
Run time:  Class time varies, call for details
$20 with your own board/ $35 with rental board

Join Lori or Beth for an intro to yoga on the water. A great way to start off your day, relaxing poses on smooth water. Pre-registration required, call for details. Private classes can also be booked with any instructor.

Nature Art
Sundays, June 18 – August 27

Location: Paradise Point Sanctuary
Run Time: Drop-in, 10am – 1pm
Suggested Donation: $3 Member/ $5 Non-member

Come create a fun piece of art or build a spectacular fairy house. Creativity is encouraged as we use arts and crafts to explore themes and concepts in nature. Suitable for all ages.

Naturalist Guided Excursions
Guided paddles and walks are offered upon request every day of the week. Program fee and time frame can be customized for your group. Inquire for details. Subject to staff availability.

For other programs at Newfound Center, check our events calendar and enter “Newfound” in the search bar.

Audubon EcoTour with NLRA
Fridays, June 9 – August 25

Location: Grey Rock Conservation Area
Run time: 10am – 12pm

Join an Audubon narrator aboard the NLRA pontoon boat for an EcoTour of Newfound Lake. We will look for wildlife and explore some of the points of interest around the lake. Binoculars will be available for use during the tour. NH Audubon members can inquire to receive the NLRA member rate for the tour.

Schedule with featured NH Audubon narrator:

June 9: Ian Cullison, Newfound Center Director
Theme: Wildlife of Newfound

June 16: Geoff MacDonald, Newfound Center Naturalist
Theme: Wildlife of Newfound

June 23: Ian Cullison, Newfound Center Director
Theme: Wildlife of Newfound

June 30: Geoff MacDonald, Newfound Center Naturalist
Theme: Wildlife of Newfound

July 7: Ian Cullison, Newfound Center Director
Theme: Wildlife of Newfound

July 14: Angie Krysiak, Massabesic Center Program Manager
Theme: Wildlife of Newfound

July 21: Geoff MacDonald, Newfound Center Naturalist
Theme: Wildlife of Newfound

July 28: Doug Bechtel, President
Theme: Wildlife of Newfound

August 4: Geoff MacDonald, Newfound Center Naturalist
Theme: Wildlife of Newfound

August 11: Ian Cullison, Newfound Center Director
Theme: Wildlife of Newfound

August 18: Phil Brown, Director of Land Management
Theme: Resident and Migratory Birds

August 25: Chris Martin, Senior Biologist, Raptors
Theme: Birds of Prey

Registration is required and payment is due upon boarding the boat. All the details and registration can be found on the Newfound Lake Region Association website. Select the “Book Your EcoTour” button to see the calendar and NH Audubon Fridays.