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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!

Winter Programs

Our summer programs have ended, and our fall school programs will begin soon! Check back here in mid to late October for information about our winter programs.

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

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 flyerpdf file for more information and contact Colleen with questions (sign ups by phone only at 603-778-0015).

Volunteer Events and Opportunities-Great Bay Discovery Center/Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center
Call 778-0015 or email to RSVP to an event or to become a volunteer

Fall Educator Training calendar event

Our fall school program teaches kids all about the cultural history of Great Bay! Volunteers lead groups of 12 students to different areas around the center, and the kids learn about salt marsh haying, Native American life, living off the land, and much more. Volunteer teaching slots are 3 hours each weekday morning from mid-September through October, and volunteers sign up for shifts that are convenient for them. All training is provided, and new volunteers shadow experienced volunteers until they are comfortable leading a program (chaperones are always with the group). To register please contact Beth and for details about training please see flyer pdf file

Adopt-A-Garden calendar event

If you like to garden and want to spend some time outside, our adoptioni-a-garden program might be right for you! We have several gardens still available for adoption, for more details please see our flyer pdf file. Contact Melissa for more information.

Adopt-a-Stream calendar event

We have a small manmade stream that is prefect for lounging by, and for kids to get their hands and feet wet! We are looking for a volunteer to adopt the stream....weekly weeding, pruning, and cleaning (mostly netting out debris and moving around some rocks that may have shifted). For more details contact Melissa.

Adopt-A-Play Boat calendar event

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 with any questions.

Phenology Program: Citizen Science at the Discovery Center calendar event

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 with questions or to schedule a training.

Help Needed with Flexible, Fun Projects!

Calling All Interior Designers and Architects! calendar event

We are looking for someone with design or architecture experience to donate a little time to help us brainstorm. Our offices are bursting at the seams and with a limited budget we are looking for creative space solutions. If you have experience and would like to donate some time, please contact Kelle at Kelle.

*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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Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department