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School and Community Programs

Taking Action for Wildlife through School and Community Involvement


  • Watershed Education Program (WEP) for Middle School, High School and community: Students in local schools gather and analyze water quality, macroinvertebrate and fisheries data on local water bodies to share with town boards, watershed associations and local river advisory committees, all with goal of making the watershed a healthier place.
  • Citizen Science - Report wildlife sightings and help us collect other valuable data that helps in conserving NH wildlife. Includes Winter Severity Index data collection program for middle school students.
  • Winter Severity Index - Winter, Weather and White-tailed Deer is a wildlife management curriculum unit designed for middle school students. It provides students with the opportunity to become involved in real-life science-based management practices. By measuring daily temperatures and snow depths between December 1 and April 30, students gather crucial data used by the NH Fish and Game Department staff in determining the annual Winter Severity Index (WSI). The WSI aids wildlife biologists and others in estimating effects of cold winter conditions on New Hampshire deer populations.
    • For more information and to get your class involved, contact Mary Goodyear at (603) 271-6649 or email
    • Collecting data for the Winter Severity Index gives student the opportunity to get involved in an authentic on-going field investigation. For information about other field investigation opportunities, models and for data sets to use for analysis, visit the New Hampshire Project Learning Tree website.

Programs for Schools and Youth Groups


  • Wonders of Wildlife – A series of active educational programs designed to increase understanding and knowledge of New Hampshire’s wildlife resources.
  • National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) – This is a program you can have in your New Hampshire school! Coordinated by Eric Geib of the NH Fish and Game Department [(603) 536-1290].
  • Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest - Learn about wetlands and then draw a waterfowl that lives there. Submit entries from your classroom annually by March 15. Students can win a scholarship.


Programs for Adults and Community Groups


Fish and Wildlife Stewards Program - Need a free speaker on wildlife topics for your organization or community group? Request a speaker for your adult group. Two presentations currently available:

  • Black Bear Happenings in New Hampshire
  • Understanding Bobcats in New Hampshire
  • Restoring Brook Trout in New Hampshire