Volunteerism-A Beginning of the Return to Normal

Volunteerism-A Beginning of the Return to Normal

In many ways 2020 seems like a lost year, and in fact when many of our staff say ‘last year’ we are thinking of 2019. The Research and Stewardship programs were able to continue almost as normal, and the Coastal Training Program shifted to online trainings. The Education program shifted to take-home activities and social media posts that helped educate the public and encourage outdoor exploration. But what about volunteers?

Great Bay 175K Challenge

Great Bay 175K Challenge

The completely unofficial and made up Great Bay 175K Challenge, all started with an eye roll and ended with my eyes closed. Great Bay’s annual 5K road race now boosts a new 55k option, which I thought was craziness. How many runners are thinking, let’s do a 5K race and then run it again 10 more times? Apparently a lot, as 134 runners completed the 55K race! I took it a crazy step farther, read more about my 175K challenge.

Nature Therapy

Nature Therapy

Keeping the mind and body happy is an essential part of leading a long and healthy life. There are many ways to stay active physically, but keeping your mind in shape is just as important.

Volunteerism in 2020

Volunteerism in 2020

This year started out like any other for us, with fun winter programs and big plans for spring! Typically our volunteer trainings begin in March and continue throughout the year, with our biggest training in April for our spring education programs. It became clear in mid-March that this year would not be like any other and we would have to reevaluate what programs and volunteerism would look like at the Reserve.

2020 NERRS Annual Meeting

2020 NERRS Annual Meeting

During the summer of 2020, many people and organizations around the country took a hard look in the mirror and asked themselves tough questions about race, diversity, justice and inclusion. As with many science and conservation groups around the country, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is not representative of the demographics of the nation and is not doing as much as we can to welcome all types of people into our programs, our leadership and our decision making.

The Great Bay 5K and 55K: That’s a Wrap!

The Great Bay 5K and 55K: That’s a Wrap!

How it started: on a slightly chilly but beautiful early morning the first day of October, Reserve Manager Cory Riley and I were there to cheer on Race Director Bob Kennedy and Research Coordinator Chris Peters on as they began their 55 kilometer loop around Great Bay.

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