Sheila Roberge: 603-778-0015
Kelle Loughlin: 603-778-0015
June 26, 2009

Explore Great Bay at Summer Programs for Kids and Families

GREENLAND, N.H. -- The Great Bay Discovery Center is now taking registration for its popular summer programs for children and families.  All the programs take place at the Discovery Center, located at 89 Depot Road (just off Route 33) on the Greenland/Stratham town line. To register, or for information, please call 603-778-0015

Bayventures -- Morning programs for children age 7 - 11.  Sessions run from 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon:  Sessions are $7 for Great Bay Steward Members and $10 for non-members. Mix and match from these fascinating Great Bay topics:

July 8 or July 10: Migrating Muddozers -- Put on your boots, grab tape measures and clipboards and practice being horseshoe crab scientists for the morning.  Learn why horseshoe crabs are such important creatures all along the Atlantic Coast.  Make a horseshoe crab print T-shirt to take home.

July 22 or July 24: Native Harvest -- How did the first inhabitants of Great Bay provide for their families?  The Three Sisters Garden played an important role.  Come find out who the three sisters are and join us in the Discovery Center's Three Sister Garden.  We will play Native American games and make a leather craft to take home.

July 29 or July 31: Fishy Friends -- There are so many cool fish that live in Great Bay!  Try your hand at seining for small fish at high tide and help us feed our scaly residents.  Come prepared with water shoes or sandals.  Make a fish magnet to take home.

August 5 or August 7:  Birding the Boardwalk -- Birding is a great hobby.  Join us as we learn how to use binoculars, scopes and field guides along the shore of Great Bay.  Go on a bird scavenger hunt and decorate a frisbee to take home.

August 19 or August 21:  Watershed Nature Detective -- Where does the water come from that fills the stream in your yard, the pond behind your school, or the Great Bay near your town.  Discover how to be a good steward to water because you never know who lives downstream.  We will do a shoreline cleanup and make a craft out of recycled materials to take home.

New!  Family Programs -- Bring grandma and the kids and have fun learning something new about the natural world of the bay at these affordable summer programs:

July 1:  6:30 p.m.  Horseshoe Crabs -- Join the Center's staff as they introduce you to one of the oldest creatures on earth.  See the live horseshoe crabs in the discovery tank, make a horseshoe crab puppet and visit the edge of Great Bay to watch these ancient animals lay their eggs.   $1/person donation - No registration necessary

July 29:  2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Zip, Zip, Zoom - Hummingbirds!  Program for families with kids age 5 - 7.  $3 for Great Bay Steward Members and $5 for non-members.  Join the Discovery Center staff for a fun afternoon exploration where we will try to spot the hummingbirds in our garden.  Listen to a story, and then trade your arms for hummingbird wings.  Can you keep up with these zippy little birds?  Learn how they eat, and plant a mini-garden to take home to attract the hummingbirds to your own back yard.  Registration required.

August 5:  6:30 p.m.  Meet the Mammals of Great Bay -- The staff of the Squam Lakes Science Center will introduce you to the mammals that live around Great Bay.  Live animals brought to program may include a mink, skunk and beaver.  $1/person donation. No registration necessary.

August 6:  2:00 - 3:30 p.m.:  Stormy Skies - Let's Explore Thunderstorms -- For families with kids age 5 - 7.  $3 for Great Bay Steward members and $5 for non-members.  Play storm detective out on our boardwalk, and observe the signs that storms have left behind.  We will decorate a windsock to take home, so you can monitor the weather and predict if a storm is brewing.  Registration required.

Thursday Morning Summer Program for Children Age 4 - 6: 
Once upon an Estuary - An ongoing summer program presented on Thursdays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m., starting July 9 - August 20.  The cost is $2 per child.  Children, with an adult, come and listen to a story, play games and make a craft.  Call the Discovery Center at 603-778-0015 to register for this popular program.

The Great Bay Discovery Center, located in Greenland, N.H., serves as the conservation-education headquarters for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which is a cooperative federal-state partnership between the N.H. Fish and Game Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Visit

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