Published DateLINCOLN — Officials at the Hobo Railroad and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, announced that they have partnered with Bank of New Hampshire to offer a unique and entertaining environmental education program called "Nature by Rail" in June, July and August this year.
Utilizing the Hobo Railroad as a "rolling classroom", the environmentally-based program will be presented by instructors from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.
"Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is thrilled by this new partnership with the Hobo Railroad ," said Amy Yeakel, Education Program Director at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. "It provides a fun and engaging way to reach audiences with information about New Hampshire's natural world. The trains pass through beautiful and wild areas that will be wonderful for passengers to learn about and appreciate. We are grateful to Bank of NH for their support and to the Hobo Railroad for such a strong collaboration."
The Nature by Rail program will be available to everyone who purchases tickets aboard the 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. trains on three Saturdays this summer - June 29; July 13 and August 10. Instructors from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will share information regarding the wildlife and vegetation that surround the train as guests of all ages relax and enjoy the program in the comfort of the Hobo Railroad's restored vintage coaches.
"Bank of New Hampshire is proud to partner with both the Hobo Railroad and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to bring New Hampshire residents and visitors this unique opportunity," stated Tony Ilacqua, Lincoln Banking Office Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. "It is partnerships such as this that help to stimulate the local economy and offer new and exciting programs to families and organizations of all kinds."
The one hour and twenty minute excursions will take passengers through a woodsy setting and along the banks of the winding Pemigewasset River. As part of this landmark program, guests will also be treated to a twenty minute live animal presentation, also taught by the Instructors from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, at the Hobo Railroad's Choo Choo Theater at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. each of the days the Nature by Rail program is offered.
"All of us here at the Railroad are genuinely excited to be able to offer this experience to our guests. It's a tremendous way to showcase New Hampshire's scenic beauty and ecological diversity aboard a moving train", stated Benjamin Clark, Vice President of the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.
In addition to the Nature by Rail program, the Hobo Railroad offers a variety of special events and daily excursions for the general public, school groups and bus tours from May through late October, along with Dinner Trains and Fall Foliage tours. The Hobo Railroad also offers a full schedule of Santa Express Trains and operates the Polar Express in support of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation from the Friday following Thanksgiving through the week prior to Christmas each year.
Benjamin E. Clark, Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad; Tiffany Benson, Bank of New Hampshire; Anthony Ilacqua, Bank of New Hampshire; and Amy Yeakel, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. (Courtesy photo)