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Become a Changemaker!

We need your voice to help protect the waters that connect us all.

Do you want to create positive change for your community and the environment? Whether you live in Wakefield or Portsmouth—or anywhere in between—the Great Bay Changemaker program can help you use your voice to tackle the environmental challenges that impact all of us.

Join Us in 2024

In 2024, the Changemaker program is excited to offer a four-session Bootcamp focusing on communities connected to the Lamprey River, but anyone is welcome to join! 

You’ll learn about the threats facing the Lamprey and other rivers flowing into Great Bay and how you can help influence community decisions to address these challenges. What you learn and the skills you gain will likely benefit your life in other ways as well! 

These sessions will be held in the evening and include a mix of activities. You’ll hear from guest speakers from local governments and environmental organizations, practice advocacy skills through fun skill-building exercises, and enjoy optional watershed walks. Each session will be hosted in a town within the Lamprey’s watershed and will begin with a complimentary dinner!

Sign up here to be notified when registration opens later this summer.

About the Program

Founded with support from Great Bay 2030, the Changemaker program aims to educate residents about the health of our shared waterways, empower them with the skills and confidence to become clean water advocates in their communities, and create a community of clean water champions

In a pilot program offered in fall of 2023, Changemakers partnered with the Forward Foundation to offer a four-part bootcamp for communities connected to the Cochecho River. Participants valued the experience, saying…

“This program was awesome! I learned a lot of skills and ways I can share my voice.” —Participant from Portsmouth

“Good to hear about smaller ways to be involved. Made the idea of taking action less daunting.”  —Participant from Farmington 

“Local government is a better place to engage than I thought. When it comes down to it, everyone cares in their own way. They wouldn’t participate if they didn’t. Just do it.”  —Participant from Dover

Download this PDF to learn more about our 2023 program.

Resources for Changemakers

  • Now What NH can help you get more involved in local government. This program works to make New Hampshire more sustainable, more livable, and accessible to residents of all ages by encouraging residents with diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and life experiences to take part in municipal zoning and land use boards.
  • A Dover City Council Member offers helpful tips for connecting with local, elected, representatives on a Seacoast Moms blog.
  • This action toolkit, developed as part of the Great Bay Book Club, includes a range of ideas for getting involved in local environmental issues.
  • The NH Association of Conservation Commissions offers this set of Tips for Writing Letters to the Editor.

New Program Manager

We are thrilled to have Katrie Hillman on board to manage the Changemaker Program. Katrie has been a dedicated champion for water resources since she wrote her first letter to the editor when she was 8. She was trained in water resource sciences and has worked on water issues through Extension, county government and Sea Grant in different parts of the US as well as during her Peace Corps service. She currently serves on the Portsmouth Safe Water Advisory Group, which advises the City Council and educates residents about drinking water contaminant issues, and she remains an active member in two other advocacy organizations and manages her own business creating art out of materials from nature.

Photos from the 2023 Program