HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is hosting the second annual Festival of Flight on Saturday, September 14. This family festival showcases the wonders of flight and migration, and will feature live animals, tethered hot air balloon rides, a presentation about the Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration Project, hawk watch, butterfly craft, and more.
Activities will be going on throughout the day beginning with tethered hot air balloon rides from 9-11a.m. courtesy of RE/MAX Bayside in Meredith. Following that, Iain MacLeod will be presenting Project OspreyTrack at 11 a.m. This program will provide the latest information about satellite tracked Ospreys from New Hampshire and will feature a live Osprey. Iain has successfully attached tracking devices on five additional Ospreys this summer and attendees will be able to see the latest migration information from them.
A special program about the Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration Project will be held at 1 p.m. Brett Ferry of New Hampshire Fish & Game will present the program about this federally endangered butterfly found in New Hampshire. Attendees can also participate in a butterfly craft before or after this presentation.
All activities, except the tethered balloon ride, are included in the regular trail admission fee, which gives you access to the entire animal exhibit trail featuring native New Hampshire wildlife in natural settings. Admissions fees are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), $10 for youth ages 3-15, children 2 and under are free. Members are always free.
There is an additional fee of $10 for adults and $5 for children for the tethered hot air balloon rides, with limited times available. Tickets, available on a first-come, first-served basis, may be purchased in advance by calling 968-7194.