We’re sorry if we missed you at the Annual Members Meeting this fall (we promise we’ll be back in person next year!) – but if you wren’t there, please read on about the things we are most proud of from the last year!

Education & Students

  • Installed an accessible swing in the Wellenberger Woods natural play area and completed interpretive signage in the Estuary Inclusion Garden, together with support from AARP and the NHCF
  • Supported live streaming of the osprey camera on the Center’s nest
  • With the help of the Horizon Foundation, brought more than 400 children from socioeconomically challenged schools back to the Discovery Center on fieldtrips this fall

Community Outreach

  • Provided organizational support to the Coastal Adaptation Workgroup Climate Summit and the first GBNERR Research Symposium.
  • Continued increasing participation in the Tide Turners program, inspiring area residents to commit to small changes that make a big difference to Great Bay’s future
  • Participated in the Planning Committee for the 2022 Beaches Conference , held in June
  • Participated in NERRA’s “I Heart Estuaries” social media campaign
  • Communicate with more than 1000 people through our newsletter, and nearly 2000 on social media
  • Held our 23rd annual Great Bay 5K Road Race, including a successful team competition and continued partnerships with area breweries and restaurants
  • Welcomed the return of Art of Great Bay this spring after a two-year hiatus

Research & Stewardship

  • Supported our community wildlife garden to demonstrate wildlife friendly landscaping
  • Working with area engineers to boost capacity for living shorelines, thereby addressing erosion and rising seas; held workshops in the region on the resulting living shoreline examples
  • Completed a second annual Stewards work day cleaning up the Great Bay Community Wildlife Garden
  • Sponsored invasive species removal at Reserve properties including the Discovery Center
  • Acted as a fiscal agent for grant money to GBNERR; these funds have advanced work on living shorelines, community resiliency, assessing marsh resilience to sea level change, outreach to promote strategic land protection, and supporting teacher training workshops at GBNERR
  • Supported the continued the analysis of eDNA in partnership with the University of New Hampshire, learning about the diversity of species that live in the Bay and tributaries.

GBNERR Support

  • Gathered funding for the future installation of a major eelgrass exhibit in the Discovery Center
  • Continued financing the full-time volunteer coordinator position, facility improvements, and employee development
  • Funded implementation of a demonstration project on creating an environmentally sensitive view scape at the water’s edge, and obtained support for an additional picnic area at the Center
  • Funded the Reserve’s membership in the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, an advocacy group for the national reserve system
  • Supported the production, printing and mailing of Great Bay Matters
  • Financed new doors at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center
  • Paid for a new roof for the Depot House, which is used for meeting and staff space


  • Celebrated Chair Deb Alberts receiving the Environmental Champion Award from Aquarion Water Company
  • Completed an updated Strategic Plan, with an emphasis on community outreach, fiscal agency, the Glenn Cove fundraising effort, advocacy, and board development
  • Welcomed new board members Justin Caramagno, an attorney from Dover, and Steve Paquette, a Hampton resident who recently retired from an environmental consulting business
  • Welcomed Audrey Becker as our new Development Coordinator