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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 is open seasonally. Our seasonal hours are May-September, Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm, and weekends only in October. The building is closed November through April.

The grounds are open year round dawn to dusk so come explore! Be aware that we do not shovel or de-ice the boardwalk or outdoor stairs, so use caution.

Once Upon a Summer Estuary calendar event

Children, with an adult, are invited to come listen to a story, play games and make a craft. Many activities will be outside so please come dressed for the weather! See our flyer pdf file for dates and details.

$3 per child or $5 per family. Pre-registration is required.
Please call 778-0015 and ask for Jay or Beth or email Jay.Sullivan@wildlife.nh.gov

Summer Bayventures and Jr Bayventures calendar event

A great way to spend summer days is exploring the woods and the mudflats at the Discovery Center! Bayventure programs are for children entering grades 3rd-6th in the fall of 2019 and Jr. Bayventures programs are for children entering grades 1st-4th in the fall of 2019.

Each Bayventure program is $35 for Great Bay Stewards members (or $175 for all 6 programs when you become or renew as a GBS member) and $40 per program for non-members. There is a $5/sibling/
day discount. Please see our flyer pdf file for dates and details.

Each Jr Bayventure program is $15 for Great Bay Stewards members or $20 per program for non-members. The camper to staff ratio is a maximum of 6:1. Please see our flyer pdf file for dates and details.

Call (603) 778-0015 or email beth.heckman@wildlife.nh.gov to register.

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

Lunch & Learn Lecture Series calendar event

Did you know that the Great Bay Discovery Center is part of NH Fish & Game? This winter our lecture series explores some of the roles of the F&G Department. Learn about inland fisheries, wildlife biologists, and the job of a conservation officer! For dates and details please see our flyer pdf file

All Lunch & Learn lectures are free and open to the public. Each lecture is noon-1pm on the date specified in the Hugh Gregg Center at 89 Depot Rd, Greenland. No need to RSVP, please feel free to bring your lunch, and we will provide drinks and something sweet.

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

Volunteer Educator Training for Spring School Programs calendar event
April 11th, 2019

If you like to be outside and work with kids, this could be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! Volunteer educators teach school age children all about teh natural history of Great Bay. Help the next generation foster appreciation for our Bay while you teach them about fun and interesting things like horseshoe crabs and osprey! See our flyer pdf file for more information and contact Beth with questions and the register for training.

Exhibit Room Volunteer Training calendar event
April 18th, 2019

Exhibit Room volunteers help the public learn all about Great Bay! Greet visitors, answer questions about the Bay, the Reserve, and Fish & Game, assist visitors with the Discovery Tank, and let visitors learn at their own pace. Shifts are 3 hours long, and volunteers sign up for shifts that are convenient for them. Join us for training and see if this volunteer opportunity is right for you! See our flyer pdf file for more info and contact Melissa with questions and to register for training.

Adopt-a-Spot calendar event

We have several gardens, play boats, and a small man-made stream, all available for adoption! It is the perfect family vollunteer opportunity. We are looking for a volunteers to take care of these 'spots'....weekly weeding, pruning, watering, small repairs, and cleaning. Volunteers tend their 'spot' when it is convenient for them, spending approximately one hour per week, April through October and more time twice a year for seasonal cleanups of teh gardens or boat painting. See our flyer pdf file or for more details and to volunteer contact Melissa.

Phenology Program calendar event

Are you looking to get involoved in citizen science? We have a small phenology program here at the Discovery Center and we are looking for volunteers. Volunteer participation is very flexible-you can do the phenology walk whenever it is convenient for you! We have a breif training coming up on March 27th at 9:30am. For details please see our flyer pdf file

Help Needed with Flexible, Fun Projects!

This section is updated as opportunities arise.


*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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