Susan N. McLane Audubon Center, Concord

Susan N. McLane Audubon Center, Concord

About the Center

NH Audubon’s McLane Center (formerly known as the Silk Farm Center) is the organization’s longest established center. In addition to being a program center, the building is home to NH Audubon’s central operations. It is located on the Silk Farm Sanctuary in Concord. Click Here to download a trail map.

Sanctuary trails are open dawn to dusk daily. The raptor mews is accessible through the center courtyard and also open dawn to dusk. The center is open Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm. There is no admission charge, but donations are always welcome.

Why Visit?

The McLane Center offers year-round environmental education for all ages including school and youth group programs, summer and vacation camps, family programs, preschool and home school programs, and adult education opportunities. The Center has exhibits, live animals (including a bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, screech owl, and barred owls), picnic areas, several miles of hiking trails, function rooms (see Facility Rentals), and a Nature Store that stocks bird feeders, optics, bird seed, books, clothing, jewelry, gifts, and more (Store hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm).

For information about upcoming programs and events, download the current issue of Afield here.

About the Center’s Green Building

In spring 2006, a major expansion of the Center was completed. This wing and the previously existing building were renamed in honor of the late state senator Susan McLane. Susan was a longtime NH Audubon member and trustee and served as board chair for several years. She was well known for her commitment and contributions to the state’s natural environment and children. The new wing is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified building through the U.S. Green Building Council and incorporates a multitude of green construction practices and materials.

Directions

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1.Take I-89 in Concord to Exit 2 for Clinton Street/Route 13.
2.Go left off ramp. (Same direction for both ramps)
3.Turn right at first blinking light, onto Silk Farm Road.
4.Entrance to Center and Sanctuary is on the left. See sign.