The McLane Center in Concord is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 11am-5pm. The Nature Store, Reptile Room, and Raptor Mews are also open to visitors. Trails and pollinator gardens continue to be open from dawn to dusk daily.
Pardon our trail dust! The trail at Silk Farm Sanctuary is under construction. Thanks to a major grant from the NH Recreation Trails Program Grant, Fields Pond Foundation, and other members and donors, we are expanding our All Persons Trail System at the McLane Center in Concord. Starting this week (September 4) and concluding by October 15 (right before Enchanted Forest) our trail building contractor, Lew Shelley of Snowhawk LLC, will be creating an All Persons Forest Loop trail that connects to the Meadow Loop. It will be accessible for all people, including those who use assistive devices for mobility. You are still more than welcome to visit our pollinator gardens around the building, the raptor mews, the Meadow Loop, and the Orchard Trail to access Turkey Pond. See the map below for specific closures.
Regular Center Hours
Sanctuary trails are open dawn to dusk daily. The raptor mews are accessible through the center courtyard and also open dawn to dusk.
The center is open to visitors Tuesday–Friday, 11am–5pm. It is closed on major holidays. There is no admission charge, but donations are always welcome.
McLane Center closes for inclement weather when the Concord School District closes. For updates on closures, visit WMUR.
If you are a group of 5 or more and wish to use our center/property to meet, you must let our staff know in advance. Please contact our Operations and Event Manager, Lauren, at 603-224-9909 x330 or by email.
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.
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.
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, Barn 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.
Silk Farm Sanctuary
Snowshoe and Binocular Rentals
We offer snowshoe and binocular rentals to visitors during our regular business hours.
Snowshoes can be rented when 6 inches or more of snow is on the ground. Binoculars can be rented in all weather conditions. All rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis for use on McLane Center property only and must be returned by closing the day of rental. Adult and youth sizes are available for all gear. How-to handouts and trail maps are included.
Snowshoes rentals: $10/member, $15/non-members
Binocular rentals: FREE for members, $5/non-members
For large groups, please contact our Education Team (Shelby Morelli at McLane email@example.com and Slater Roosa at Massabesic firstname.lastname@example.org). Guided tours at YOUR location are also available!
Photos, from the top: McLane Center, by Julie Klett; Barred Owl, by Mark Karl; Blackburnian Warbler, by Len Medlock.