**COVID-19 Notice: NH Audubon continues to monitor information about the Coronavirus outbreak and is committed to ensuring our staff, volunteers, members, and the public are as safe as possible. To that end, NH Audubon’s nature centers in Concord and Auburn, NH (McLane Center and Massabesic Center) will remain closed until further notice. All indoor programs, events, and meetings will be postponed, re-scheduled, or canceled. Check our website for details on other events. Please be in touch if you have questions.
All of our Sanctuary trails remain open and we encourage you to go outside and enjoy nature safely; please ensure you are using social distance recommendations from state and federal authorities.
Please stay local, stay safe, and be healthy! **
2020 Center Hours at Paradise Point
The Newfound Center season is usually open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check back for details about the 2020 season as information becomes available.
Grounds and trails at Paradise Point, Ash Cottage/Hebron Marsh, and Bear Mountain are open from dawn to dusk.
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. Enjoy the outdoors on foot or water on your own or with a Naturalist, visit our nature center, or attend our summer Red Barn Speaker Series!
Naturalist Programs. Hiking. Boating. Nature Exhibits.
During the summer months, the Nature Center offers programs and guided tours for all ages. See our programs page for more details. At the Paradise Point Nature Center there are several exhibits about the regional natural history; live animals; and canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle board rentals. Plus, with sanctuary trails open all year, there is always something to do. Binoculars are available to borrow while at Paradise Point.
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.
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 are first come-first served, but reservations may be made in advance by calling the Newfound Center office at 603-744-3516.
All rentals include: boat, paddles, life jackets (for average build), and a map of the north end of the lake. Reservations can be made in advance for full day rentals only. Contact the Center to discuss special requests.
Please print and fill out this liability release and agreement prior to arriving.
Reservations may be made up to 1 day in advance with payment taken over the phone. No-shows and cancellations within 2 hours of reservation will receive a 50% refund. Reservations can be made during regular operation hours. A credit card is required to make a reservation.
Walk-ins are welcome. We will accept cash from walk-ins.
Please print off, read and sign our waiver before arriving and turn it in to staff at Paradise Point. For minors, have a guardian sign in their place.
We can hold small personal items at the office while you are boating (wallet, keys, etc.). Please leave large items in your vehicles. There will be places to leave towels down by the dock.
To minimize possible exposure, if possible, please let staff know ahead of time if you will need assistance putting boats into the water. Otherwise, boats will be waiting for you down by the water. There will be a sign with your name and boats’ numbers.
Paddles and PFDs will be waiting for you outside at the center.
PFD’s will be provided, but if you have your own, we do encourage you to bring it/them.
Returning with your Boat
When you return, tie your boat to the dock. Audubon staff will disinfect boats and store them.
Ring the bell at the dock to let us know if you need any assistance, or call up to the center.
Bring your PFDs up to the center. There will be bins to submerge your PFD in a disinfectant solution and then rinse. Hang your PFD up on the marked hanging line to dry.
Bring up your paddles to the center and leave at the designated area. Audubon staff will disinfect and store them.
Don’t forget to let us know you have returned!!!
COVID-19 Safety Measures:
For the protection of you and our staff, we kindly ask that you wear a mask even when outside, which we will be doing, too. Make sure it is covering your mouth AND nose. Masks are not necessary while on the water or walking the trails with your family.
Audubon staff will wipe down hard surfaces with disinfectant, and spray porous surfaces, such as kayak seats.
PFDs will be rinsed in disinfectant after each use.
Restrooms will not be available to the public. (Sorry!!!)
Climate Change Impacts in New England, with Dr. Lisa Doner (Plymouth State University) and Dr. Janel Hanrahan (Northern Vermont University)
The State of NH’s Birds, with Dr. Pam Hunt (NH Audubon)
White Nose Syndrome and New Hampshire Bats, with Dr. Katharine York (SNHU)
Wildlife Photography and Tips, with Jackie Robidoux (Wildlife Photographer)
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.