**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.
All of our Sanctuary trails are open from dawn to dusk 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 safe and be healthy! **
2021 Center Hours at Paradise Point
Newfound Center is open for the season!
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.
Get out on the water and explore the Newfound Lake Water Trail right from our dock! Bring your own or rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard (see rental information below).
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.
Contact the Center to discuss special requests.
Please print and fill out this liability release and agreement prior to arriving.
Please Note: Reservations may be made with payment taken over the phone. Reservations can be made during regular operation hours. A credit card is required to make a reservation. 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. Other items may be left by the dock.
Staff will provide paddles and PFDs after your payment is received.
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 if you are unable to put the boat back on the rack. Staff may be busy with other guests when you return.
Bring your PFDs up to the center and hang them on the dry line. Paddles may be placed on the rack outside, or as directed by center staff.
Don’t forget to let us know you have returned!!!
COVID-19 Safety Measures:
For the protection of you and our staff, we require visitors to wear a mask when inside the center, which we will be doing, too. Make sure it is covering your mouth AND nose. If you do not have a mask, we have disposable masks available at the center.
Masks are not necessary while on the water or walking the trails with your family.
The State of New Hampshire’s Birds, with Dr. Pam Hunt (NH Audubon) – full event listing
Owls of NH – live animal program, with Squam Lakes Science Center – full event listing
Native BATS of New Hampshire , with Dr. Katherine York (SNHU) – full event listing
Amphibians and Odonates: Ecosystem Indicators, with Katie Duryea (SNHU) – full event listing
Peregrine Falcon Recovery in New Hampshire, with Chris Martin (NH Audubon) – full event listing
Connecting to Nature, Virtually, with Michael Weinstein (SNHU) – full event listing
Connecting Land Use to Water Quality in Newfound Watershed, with Rebecca Hanson (NLRA) – full event listing
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.
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.