Military personnel and their families receive free trail admission
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is pleased to announce that it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families (up to five people) this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021.
Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide.
“Like the resilience that military families demonstrate time and again Squam lakes Natural Science Center is an example of resiliency in the arts sector over the past year,” said Ann Eilers, acting chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We are grateful to the Science Center for their leadership in strengthening community through their participation in the Blue Star Museums program this summer.”
Blue Star Museums include children’s museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, and hail from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The current list of participating museums will continue to develop over the summer as organizations are welcome to register to be a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer. The full list of participating museums is at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
"We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of the Blue Star Museums 2021 program! Thank you to Squam Lakes Natural Science Center for participating in this impactful and highly anticipated program,” said Kathy RothDouquet, CEO Blue Star Families. “Because of the Science Center and their counterparts in the arts community, military families have the opportunity to create special memories and experience the arts again!"
The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
In addition to the free trail admission from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center extends the discount for the full trail season. From May 1 through Armed Forces Day and from Labor Day through November 1, military ID holders receive free trail admission and their family (up to five people) receives half-price trail admission.
Regular admission is $18 for adults and seniors, $13 for youth ages 3-15, and free for children 2 and under and for members. Trails are open daily from May 1 through November 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.) Please visit nhnature.org for full details about what to expect on your visit and to purchase tickets.