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Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - an official New Hampshire Government website
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Welcome!

The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR) is part of a national network of protected areas and promotes long-term research, education and stewardship throughout the Great Bay estuary. Created under the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Estuarine Research Reserve partnership program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the coastal states protects more than one million acres of the nation's most important coastal resources.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department manages the Great Bay Reserve, which was designated in 1989. The Reserve is also supported by the Great Bay Stewards, a non-profit friends group. Visitors are encouraged to explore the natural beauty of the Great Bay Estuary and discover New Hampshire's hidden coast.

Check out the progress of our Boardwalk Fundraising Campaing! We have a sign showing our progress outside the front entrance of the Discovery Center. We have raised approximately $228,00 of our $350,000 goal! We will update this picture periodically and you can check out the sign on your next visit. To learn more, including how to donate, please visit our boardwalk page, thank you!

progress of our boardwalk fundraising campaign


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Seasonal Hours
The Discovery Center is open May-Sept, Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm. October we are open weekends only, and the building is closed Nov-April. The grounds are open year round, dawn to dusk.
Donate!
If you would like to support the reserve, please give us a call at 603-778-0015 and ask for Kelle Loughlin. You can also donate to our boardwalk campaign to rebuild our 22 year old boardwalk trail. To learn more visit our boardwalk page.
Passport to Great Bay
Provides directions, information for navigating the landscape, exploration time, trail difficulty, as well as coordinates for the geocache program. The Passort to Great Bay materials are available only online, so print them before you go exploring!
ENH Power Community Partnership
Save money and help the Discovery Center? Sign up with ENH Power and our friends group The Great Bay Stewards recieves a donation. For more info visit the ENH site.