Great Bay Discovery Center
Acquisition History: The undeveloped land for the Discovery Center was purchased in 1989 with funding from New Hampshire’s Land Conservation Investment Program. The state purchased an additional 7 acres through NOAA Estuarine Research Reserve funding for the developed portion of the property.
Description: The Great Bay Discovery Center serves as the education headquarters for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A visitor’s center holds interpretive exhibits about the Great Bay Estuary and its wildlife. The Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center exhibits focus on the upland habitats of Great Bay and holds a Special Collections room featuring artifacts of Great Bay and seacoast New Hampshire with a focus on hunting and fishing. The Special Collections room is open the first Sunday of each month (excluding July) from May to October 2014, from 10am-2pm. The grounds are landscaped with native plants and include a boat access site, outdoor exhibits, and an interpretive nature trail.
Common Wildlife: The Great Bay area is renowned for birding opportunities. Located at the south end of Great Bay, the Discovery Center offers mixed habitats and wide open views of the Bay. The site includes a 1,700 foot universally accessible boardwalk and is well known for spotting neotropical migrant birds as they pass through to their wintering or nesting areas.
Special Notes: The Discovery Center is open May-Sept, Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm; weekends only in October. The building is closed Nov-April. The grounds are open year round, dawn to dusk. Get more information on the Discovery Center, scheduled programs and events.
Directions: Visit the Great Bay Discovery Center website for directions and more information.
DeLorme N.H. Atlas and Gazetteer coordinates: Page 30, J1
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