Great Bay Stewards: From the BeginningA timeline of our achievements over the years, from the 1930s to present.
Timeline of the Stewards
Proposal to dredge or dam the Bay between Adams Point and Newington Shore to allow for more shoreline property.
Spokesman for the Olympic Oil Company announces its intention to build in Durham the largest oil refinery ever started from scratch anywhere in the world.
Ninety percent of Durham residents vote at Town Meeting against the refinery.
Great Bay Trust formed to help preserve Great Bay.
Designation of Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Boardwalk construction at the Great Bay Discovery Center, Greenland, NH.
First Great Bay Matters issue.
Meeting held at Sandy Point to discuss forming a support group, following concern that the state was not providing financial support for the Reserve.
First annual meeting; Fred Langley (Greenland, NH) become chair.
Joint meeting of the Great Bay Trust and the Great Bay Stewards. “Much animated discussion closed the meeting.”
Grand opening of the Sandy Point Discovery Center. First Evelyn Browne award give out. (Dr. William Penhale receives the first award by unanimous vote.)
Great Bay Trustees and Great Bay Stewards vote to merge “By joining with the Stewards we can continue, with renewed energy and commitment, our efforts in protecting and preserving our valuable natural resources,” wrote Richard Langan, president of the GBESCT.
Trustees join Vice President Al Gore on the banks of the Oyster River to announce a $1.6 million restoration and protection plan toward protecting estuaries and reopening clam and oyster beds.
The Reserve purchases the historic 1854 railway station adjacent to the Discovery Center (the “Depot House”) with the help of Marple & James real estate.
Great Bay Rough Water Swim launched with seven swimmers.
Great Bay Matters editorship is handed from Stewards Trustee Bill Penhale over to Reserve Education Coordinator Kelle Laughlin.
Great Bay 5K is launched as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the Reserve (the “Great Bay Fest”).
The Gundalow Company is formed; the Stewards begin developing projects with them.
The wigwam is constructed.
First Art of Great Bay show and sale.
Dedication of the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center (“the Barn”).
Stewards fund 10 graduate student research projects.
40,000th student attends the school program.
20th anniversary of the Reserve.
Great Bay Special Collections opens.
Blue Heron Education Pavilion constructed.
Soak Up the Rain project begins, resulting in many stormwater management installations.
Ribbon cutting for opening of new boardwalk.
Dedication for the Wellenberger Woods Natural Play Area.
Accessibility to waterfront improved.
Great Bay for the Ages, a legacy program, is launched.
Estuary Explorers fund for field trips launched, bringing underprivileged students to the Great Bay Discovery Center free of charge.
30th anniversary of GBNERR; Time capsule unearthed with the help of Greenland students and buried again in front of the Great Bay Discovery Center.
Stewards receive a nearly $1 million anonymous donation to support Reserve staff and buildings.
Great Bay 55K Challenge added to the Great Bay 5K | Race for a Healthy Estuary.
Free Grab & Go educational kits put out weekly during the pandemic, with support from the Stewards.
Stewards celebrate the 25th anniversary of their nonprofit designation.
Tide Turners program is launched.
The Stewards hold a ribbon cutting for the new Estuary Inclusion Garden