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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 is closed for the season and reopens on Wednesday May 3rd.

We are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm, May through September. Open weekends only in October. The grounds are open year round dawn to dusk!

Once Upon A Winter Estuary calendar event calendar event

10:30-11:30 on select Thursdays in January, February and March
Come dressed ready for some winter wonderland fun outdoors! We’ll start each program outside with activities, games and wintery walks. Following our outdoor exploration, we’ll move inside to warm with up with a story, craft and hot cocoa! This series is ideal for youngsters, ages 2-5; $3 per child participant or $5 per family. Pre-registration is required. Please call 778-0015 and ask for Jay or Beth or email Beth.Heckman@wildlife.nh.gov.

For dates and more details please see our flyer pdf file

Winter BayVentures calendar event

Fun winter adventures for ages 6-11! For details, dates, and prices please see our flyer. pdf file To register please call 778-0015 and ask for Beth or Jay or email beth.heckman@wildlife.nh.gov.

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

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Bring your lunch and learn something new! Our winter Brown Bag Lunch Series brings guest speakers to the Discovery Center for a lecture once a month during January, February, and March. The lectures are free and open to the public, and we will provide drinks and dessert.

For dates and individual lecture information please see our flyer pdf file

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

Volunteer Educator Training

April 12th, 9:30-4:30 at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, 91 Depot Rd, Greenland, NH

If you like to spend time outside and help kids learn, then you will love being a volunteer educator at the Great Bay Discovery Center! We have a wonderful team of volunteers, and we are always looking to add to our hard working family of volunteer educators. All training is provided and volunteers sign up for programs that work with their schedule. Please see our flyer pdf file for more info and contact Beth at beth.heckman@wildlife.nh.gov with questions or to register for training.

Kayak Volunteers

Help a Discovery Center Naturalist run interpretive kayak trips on the bay! Have fun, kayak beautiful NH waters, and help others learn about the bay, all while you volunteer your time. See our flyer pdf fileand contact Colleen at colleen.mcclare@wildlife.nh.gov for more information.

Exhibit Room Volunteer Training

April 14th, 9-11:30am, at the Discovery Center, 89 Depot Rd, Greenland, NH

Exhibit room volunteers greet the public, facilitate the discovery tank, answer questions about Great Bay, and more. If you like to work with the public, and would enjoy helping people learn about estuaries and why Great Bay is special, this just might be the perfect fit for you! The Discovery Center is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm, May through September, and weekends only in October. Shifts are 10-1 and 1-4, and this season we are particularly in need of help on the weekends. Please see our flyer pdf file for more info!

Contact Melissa at melissa.brogle@wildlife.nh.gov if you have questions or would like ot register for training.

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!

Keep your eyes open for fun, one-time, flexible projects like....sewing a curtain, hanging a door, building shelves, painting signs, and more.


*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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