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Help us Get Growing on the Wild Side

Developing a Community Garden for You and Wildlife

Introduction | Volunteer Positions Available | Time Line | Wish List | Thank You!


We are sharing this project at its earliest stages as we'd like you to feel as connected as possible. Here is a brief timeline for some major goals along the way.


  • July - The design begins. Soil samples and photos taken at the site by UNH professor in preparation for landscape design class.
  • August - Installed universally accessible path to connect backyard demonstration area with existing parking lot at Chapman's Landing (Fish and Game activity).
  • November - Installed a garden shed to be used for rain barrel demonstration (Fish and Game activity).


  • February - Each of the students in UNH Professor John Hart's Landscape Design class developed an individual plan for the site (joint Fish and Game and UNH activity).
    A frop blending in with it's environment
    Courtesy of Rachel Stevens
  • March - Our corps group of "Wild Side Gardeners" gathered to select the "best of the best" from students' designs and together created the long term design plan for the demonstration area.
  • April - An amazing group of almost 40 volunteers helped us celebrate Earth Day by using specialized tools called "Weed Wrenches" to start removing some of the invasive woody shrubs on site and clear the way for fresh spring plantings.
  • September -
    • September 20th - PUBLIC WORK PARTY! A volunteer crew from Timberland and other local volunteers assisted in building fences and benches, installing a solar panel, digging a pond, and other hardscaping tasks.


  • April - The staff at the Great Bay Discovery Center had a work day pruning trees, spreading mulch, staining benches and clearing debris to get the Garden ready for spring.

  • June - NH Fish and Game carpenters began building a replica of Thoreau's cabin for the Garden. The cabin will be the exact dimensions of Thoreau's famed cabin on Walden Pond and is being constructed from reclaimed barn timbers.

  • August - A volunteer crew from Timberland spent an afternoon building a rain garden, planing flowers and shrubs from the gardens of local community members.

For all Work Day Wonder opportunities or to become a Wild Side Gardener, please sign up by emailing Nicole Andrews at or calling (603) 778-0015.

For questions about this project, please contact our Stewardship Coordinator, Rachel Stevens, at


Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department