Our staff are lucky to spend their professional lives trying to deepen our understanding of Great Bay. Our interest in the estuary includes investigating how people relate to Great Bay now, and how they have throughout history. Our cultural history and natural history are interdependent, and whether we are reflecting on Native American summer camps on our shores, colonial trading aboard the Gundalow, the industrial mills our rivers powered, or the current debates about the impacts of development. It is always a thrill to link specific historic activities and trends to the lands that we now steward and to be given an opportunity to interpret both the natural resource and the history of Great Bay. Last week, GBNERR hosted a Lunch and Learn that illuminated the history of a specific Wildlife Management Area within GBNERR, Glenn Cove.
This February the third grade class from the town of Strafford came to visit the Discovery Center for a special winter field trip. These students visited the Discovery Center in the fall for our typical cultural history field trip. During the fall program they learned all about the Native Americans and Colonists living on Great Bay. In February they got to experience how Native Americans survived the cold New England winters.