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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 reopened for the season 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!

Summer BayVentures calendar event

A great program for kids ages 6-12! Kids spend lots of time outside exploring and learning a different topic each week. Programs are Wednesdays in July and August, from 9:30-3:00. Please see our flyerpdf file for dates and program details.

Summer Once Upon and Estuary calendar event

Children age 2-5, with an adult, are invited to come listen to a story, play games, and make a craft. Programs are THursdays in July and August, 10:30-11:30. Please see our flyerpdf file for dates and program details.

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

Our winter series is over, but stay tuned for possible summer lecture dates!

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

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.

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!

Mulch!!!!!

Have you thought about volunteering but maybe you don't have the time? Maybe you want to contribute something and you aren't sure what is needed. Every year we are in desperate need of mulch. We have sporadic volunteer workdays, sometimes scheduled with a corporate group or a school at the last minute. One thing we never have enough of is mulch! If you want to contribute to the Discovery Center we love pine mulch (not dyed) and you can drop of the bags any time that is convenient for you. Donations can be placed to the left of the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center (you will see a small shed attached to the building-next to that is fine). Drop us an email (melissa.brogle@wildlife.nh.gov) so we can say thanks!


*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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