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CONTACT:
Kelle Loughlin: 603-778-0015
Beth Heckman: 603-778-0015
March 29, 2013

Great Bay Discovery Center Volunteers Needed

Great Bay Volunteer Peter Flynn
Great Bay volunteer educator Peter Flynn, explains how seaweeds captures the sun.

STRATHAM, N.H. – If you are looking for an opportunity to spend some time this summer meeting new people in a beautiful location, the Great Bay Discovery Center has training coming up in April for new and returning volunteers:

Exhibit Room Greeters: The Great Bay Discovery Center's Exhibit Room will begin its open season on May 4. It is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Volunteers are needed to work three-hour shifts, either 10 a.m. -1 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  As an Exhibit Room Volunteer, you will greet visitors and teach them about Great Bay, the Seacoast’s amazing hidden jewel. Other duties include answering questions, teaching about and handling live animals in the marine "touch tank" such as horseshoe crabs, lobsters and flounder, and handling transactions at the center's small store.  A training will be held on April 11, 2013, from 10 a.m. – noon for all new and returning volunteers at the Great Bay Discovery Center.  Please call (603) 778-0015 to register.

School Program Educators: On April 10, 2013, the Great Bay Discovery Center will hold its annual spring educator training at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, 89 Depot Road in Greenland. The training runs from 9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and includes a complete run-through of the center's actual program for visiting students.  This training will prepare volunteers for teaching small groups of children about the natural history of the Great Bay Estuary.  Some of the lessons include a mudflat exploration, a vernal pool stop, a boardwalk activity with plant and track identification and indoor lessons on horseshoe crabs with a marine "touch tank" component.  All the school programs at the center are mornings only and run about 2½ hours each.  The children are from schools all over New Hampshire and range in age from 1st to 5th grade.  Volunteer school program educators sign up for dates that are convenient for them. The training session is free, and snacks, lunch and all teaching materials will be provided. Registration for the training is required; sign up by calling the Discovery Center at 603-778-0015 or emailing beth.heckman@wildlife.nh.gov.

The Great Bay Discovery Center is the educational headquarters for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR) and is funded by NOAA and administered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.   It is located just off Route 33 on the Stratham/Greenland town line at 89 Depot Road.  The Center opens to the public on May 4, but the grounds are open from dawn to dusk year round. Visit greatbay.org.

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