Wildlife Sanctuaries

NH Audubon owns and manages 39 wildlife sanctuaries throughout all 10 counties of New Hampshire. In addition, there are several other properties on which NH Audubon has a management agreement with another entity. These lands, covering over 8,000 acres in all of important wildlife habitat, provide opportunities for recreation, wildlife watching, education, and reflective experiences. Three sanctuaries have associated nature centers, and many have interpretive trail guides and well-developed trail systems. A variety of wildlife management techniques are ongoing at our sanctuaries, and others are left to natural processes. Through habitat management, research, education, and continued land protection we are working to ensure that New Hampshire’s wildlife and natural heritage is protected for us all.

NH Audubon sanctuaries are open to the public and free of charge. We hope you enjoy visiting them and are interested in helping support wildlife conservation by making a donation.

Visitor Information

Some general visitor guidelines pertain to our sanctuaries. Most of our sanctuaries are open to passive recreation only (hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.). Only foot travel is generally permitted, as horses, bikes, and wheeled vehicles are prohibited, except in the case of recognized, existing snowmobile corridors. Dogs and other pets are permitted on some – but not all – wildlife sanctuaries, and must be kept on a short leash at all times.

Please stay on existing trails. Smoking, use of alcohol, fires, camping, and swimming are generally not permitted. Hunting trapping, and carrying firearms are permitted only in designated areas, and landowner permission is required. Please see the Visitor Information section on individual sanctuary pages for usage details about specific sanctuaries.

Sanctuary List

This list of wildlife sanctuaries is organized by region. Those locations with public access are linked to sanctuary pages with more detail, including directions. You can also use the map below to navigate to the sanctuary pages by location.

Great North Woods:
French Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsburg

White Mountains:
Dahl Wildlife Sanctuary, Conway
Holman Wildlife Sanctuary, Sugar Hill
Lovejoy Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Abany
Pondicherry Wildlife Sanctuary, Jefferson/Whitefield
Scotland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Landaff

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee:
Ashuelot Wildlife Sanctuary, Washington
Stoney Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Newbury

Lakes:
Alice Bemis Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary (Thompson), Sandwich

Bear Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, Hebron
Charles Henry & Mabel Lamborn Watts Wildlife Sanctuary (Watts), Effingham
Evergreen Wildlife Sanctuary, Moultonborough
Gertrude Keith Hoyt & Edward Eaton Hoyt, Jr. Wildlife Sanctuary (Hoyt), Madison
Less-In-Area Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Meredith
Mary McLane Wildlife Sanctuary, Hebron
Newfound Center/Paradise Point Wildlife Sanctuary (& Hebron Marsh), Hebron
Proctor Wildlife Sanctuary, Center Harbor
Weeks Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Meredith

Merrimack Valley:
Abe Emerson Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Candia
Farley Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Hollis/Nashua
Massabesic Center/Battery Point Wildlife Sanctuary, Auburn
McLane Center/Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Concord
Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary, Amherst
Popple Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Epsom
Smith Pond Bog Wildlife Sanctuary/Samuel Myron Chase Wildlife Sanctuary, Hopkinton

Monadnock:
Betsy Fosket Wildlife Sanctuary, Ringe
Deering Wildlife Sanctuary, Deering
dePierrefeu-Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary (Willard Pond), Antrim/Hancock
Kensan Devan Wildlife Sanctuary (Meetinghouse Pond), Marlborough
Nye Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Stoddard
Sucker Brook Cove Wildlife Sanctuary, Nelson

Seacoast:
Bellamy River Wildlife Sanctuary, Dover
Brookside Wildlife Sanctuary, South Hampton
Kwaks/Smith Sisters Wildlife Sanctuary, Newmarket/Durham
Little River Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, North Hampton
Saltmarshes Wildlife Sanctuary, Hampton Falls/Hampton/Seabrook

Photo, top: Cherry Mountain sunrise, by Phil Brown.

Explore 39 wildlife sanctuaries throughout all 10 counties of New Hampshire.

Committed to the conservation of ecologically important lands.

We regularly observe and count 14 species at NH Audubon’s Raptor Observatories.

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About Us

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.