The McLane Center in Concord will be opening its doors to the public again for the first time since the start of COVID on Tuesday, June 1. The center will be open Tuesdays-Fridays from 11am-4pm. The Nature Store and the Reptile Room will be open to visitors. The raptor mews will also be open. Trails and the pollinator gardens continue to be open from dawn to dusk daily.
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, 11:00 am–4:00 pm starting on June 1, 2021. It is closed on major holidays. There is no admission charge, but donations are always welcome.
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.
Tuesday-Friday: 11 am-4 pm
Silk Farm Sanctuary
Photos, from the top: McLane Center, by Julie Klett; Barred Owl, by Mark Karl; Blackburnian Warbler, by Len Medlock.
The New Hampshire Audubon offers multiple opportunities for those interested in joining us as a member or donating for one of our various causes.
Founded in 1914, NH Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.