GREENLAND, NH — On September 6, the Great Bay Discovery Center will hold its annual fall educator training at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, 89 Depot Road in Greenland, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The training includes a complete run-through of the actual school program offered September through October to students throughout the Seacoast region and beyond.
The training will prepare volunteer educators for teaching small groups of school children about the cultural history of the Great Bay Estuary and the natural resources found in the region up to 400 years ago. Educators lead a variety of lessons throughout the grounds. A favorite of students is “The Trail of the Arrowhead”– a 45 minute journey through the forest along the Center’s new boardwalk. Students sample turkey jerky, smoked salmon, learn about wampum and trade, waterfowl migrations and gather in a birch bark native fishing encampment. Other stops include a tour of the Special Collections artifact room, a simulated archaeology dig and a lesson on vessels of the Piscataqua Region.
All the programs are mornings only and run about three hours each. Most of the children attending the program are in grades 1 through 5. Volunteers sign up for dates that are convenient for them. The training session is free with snacks, lunch and all teaching materials provided. No experience is necessary to become an educator. Registration for the training is required by calling the Center at (603) 778-0015 or emailing Elizabeth.Heckman@wildlife.nh.gov.
The Great Bay Discovery Center, located just off Route 33 on at 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH, is managed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) and is the Education Headquarters for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, a state and federal partnership between NHFG and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Comments or questions concerning this list should be directed to Kelle.Loughlin@wildlife.nh.gov.