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Calendar of Events

For family and children's programs, please view the top section of the table.
For adult programs, workshops, and special events, please view the middle section of the table.
For volunteer events, please view the volunteer section of the table.
For projects that the reserve needs help with, but that are flexible, please view the help needed section.

Children's Program Schedule
children's program – Children's Program; family program – Family Program; special event – Special Event; volunteer event – Volunteer Event
Call (603) 778-0015 to register or for more information.

The Great Bay Discovery Center's Seasonal Hours calendar event

The Discovery Center reopened for the season on Wednesday May 3rd.

We are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm, May through September. Open weekends only in October.

Our Special Collections Exhibit, on the lower level of the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-3pm.

The grounds are open year round dawn to dusk!

Summer BayVentures calendar event

A great program for kids ages 6-12! Kids spend lots of time outside exploring and learning a different topic each week. Programs are Wednesdays in July and August, from 9:30-3:00. Please see our flyerpdf file for dates and program details.

BayVentures Jr calendar event

A shorter version of our Summer BayVentures program, this is perfect for kids entering 1st-4th grade. Select Friday mornings in July and August, 9:30am-noon. For more information please see our flyer pdf file

Summer Once Upon and Estuary calendar event

Children age 2-5, with an adult, are invited to come listen to a story, play games, and make a craft. Programs are THursdays in July and August, 10:30-11:30. Please see our flyerpdf file for dates and program details.

Adult Programs and Workshops - Great Bay Discovery Center/Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, call 778-0015 for more information or to pre-register.
adult program – Adult Program; coastal training program – Coastal Training Program Event; family program – Family Program;
special event – Special Event; volunteer event – Volunteer Event; kayak trip – Kayak Trip

Summer Lecture and Book Signing calendar event

Join us for a lecture and book signing!

Author Jonathan White to speak at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, June 22nd, 1pm.

In TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean (Trinity University Press), White takes readers on a journey around the globe to witness the largest, fastest, scariest and most amazing tides in the world; he travels to the Arctic to shimmy down a hole in the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for blue mussels in the dark cavities below; to the Qiantang River in China to witness the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes its way up the eighty-mile river; to California to see deadly waves as high as sixty feet.

For more information you can read the press release at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/newsroom/news.html?news=689

2017 Kayak Trips calendar event

Our summer trip schedule is out and open for sign ups! There is a trip for everyone, including a new Science on the Bay series. Please see our flyer pdf file for more information and contact Colleen at colleen.mcclare@wildlife.nh.gov with questions (sign ups by phone only at 603-778-0015).

The Beaches Conference calendar event

July 14th, 2017

The Beaches Conference works to provide continuing opportunities for exchange of the most current information among beach and coastal stakeholders with diverse interests, and to present the findings from Maine and New Hampshire beach monitoring programs.

Open to the public, but registration is required. Please visit the conference website for more information and to register.

Volunteer Events and Opportunities-Great Bay Discovery Center/Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center
Call 778-0015 or email melissa.brogle@wildlife.nh.gov to RSVP to an event or to become a volunteer

Adopt-A-Garden

If you love to garden and have a little extra time, we could use your help! There are several gardens available for adoption, and volunteers make their own schedule. See our flyer pdf file for more info and contact Melissa at melissa.brogle@wildlife.nh.gov with any questions or to schedule a tour of the available gardens.

Adopt-A-Play Boat

Are you interested in volunteering but have limited time? Are you handy? This might be perfect for you! See our flyer pdf file for more info and contact Melissa at melissa.brogle@wildlife.nh.gov with any questions.

Phenology Program: Citizen Science at the Discovery Center

Phenology volunteers help us collect data about important species on our campus. Species such as horseshoe crabs, phragmities, spice bush, osprey, and more, can, over time, give crucial insight into long term environmental changes. Our phenology program includes a short walk from our waterfront, out around the boardwalk, and back. All training is provided and volunteers make their own schedule. See our one pager pdf file for more information, and contact Melissa at melissa.brogle@wildlife.nh.gov with questions or to schedule a training.

Help Needed with Flexible, Fun Projects!

Mulch!!!!!

Have you thought about volunteering but maybe you don't have the time? Maybe you want to contribute something and you aren't sure what is needed. Every year we are in desperate need of mulch. We have sporadic volunteer workdays, sometimes scheduled with a corporate group or a school at the last minute. One thing we never have enough of is mulch! If you want to contribute to the Discovery Center we love pine mulch (not dyed) and you can drop of the bags any time that is convenient for you. Donations can be placed to the left of the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center (you will see a small shed attached to the building-next to that is fine). Drop us an email (melissa.brogle@wildlife.nh.gov) so we can say thanks!


*Great Bay Stewards members receive discounts on most programs. Interested in learning about becoming a member of the Great Bay Stewards, the non-profit friends group of the Reserve? Please visit their website.

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