Blog : The Great Bay Stewards Continue to Preserve the Seacoast While Educating Locals and Visitors

By Katelyn | Jan 14, 2015 | in

The Great Bay Stewards enjoyed yet another successful year in 2014 and there are high hopes that the trend will continue in 2015 for the Seacoast New Hampshire organization. In the past year, the Stewards launched the “Buy A Board” Campaign, aimed at raising funds to replace the quarter-mile boardwalk at the Great Bay Discovery Center. The boardwalk has been in use for more than 20 years and is a popular piece of their school field trip program, as well as a destination for scientists, walkers, and bird watchers because it serves as one of the few Great Bay access points open to the public. Going into 2015, the Stewards plan to wrap up their efforts to rebuild the boardwalk and greatly appreciate donations from the public to replace it. The public is encouraged to join the Stewards through their “Buy A Board” Campaign to keep the area open for visitors to enjoy.

In 2014, the Stewards also started “Soak Up the Rain Great Bay” to reduce stormwater runoff and pollution in the area. A rain garden was installed in October at the Woodman Museum in Dover and has proven to be efficient in reducing runoff into Dover’s stormwater drainage system. The 15th Great Bay 5K and 10th Art of Great Bay art show were held in 2014 and are sure to once again be popular events in 2015. Events and programs sponsored by the Great Bay Stewards live on thanks to the members of the organization who help protect and preserve the Great Bay. Becoming a member of the Great Bay Stewards ensures that the organization is able to keep the area open and educate residents and visitors about the special New Hampshire Seacoast environment.

The Great Bay Stewards began in 1995 and have since worked to increase protection, research, and education of the Great Bay. This has been done by establishing a National Estuarine Research Reserve, which encompasses the Great Bay Estuary and additional multi-use land in the area, and a National Wildlife Refuge on former Pease Air Force Base land. Aside from the protection of valuable coastal and inland land, the Stewards strive to educate the public and raise awareness about coastal protection issues. The Great Bay Discovery Center has been crucial in educating children about the Great Bay with programs throughout the year and activities such as vacation programs and a weekly summer lecture series. The Discovery Center is able to provide educational opportunities to local children through financial support from the Great Bay Stewards and hopes to continue their community outreach efforts in the future.

The Great Bay Stewards are able to continue protecting the Great Bay Estuary and surrounding lands, and educate the public, through donations and membership to the organization. By supporting the Stewards through a yearly membership, members not only help fund preservation and education programs, but also stay up to date with events and activities going on at Great Bay. Members receive 10% discounts at the Great Bay Discovery Center Store, as well as discounts on children’s programs and kayak trips during the summer months. The Great Bay Stewards have various membership levels that are sure to fit each member’s budget and environmental aspirations.

New members are also encouraged to support the Great Bay Stewards with a joint membership to the Green Alliance, at a discounted rate of $10 off the regular membership price for each organization! This discount for first year members offers great savings to support the Great Bay Stewards, while members also receive special discounts at 100+ local and sustainable businesses in the Green Alliance.

For more information on the basic partner membership click here, or visit the Great Bay Stewards website to learn more about the multiple joint membership levels. 

Current Green Alliance members who wish to join the Great Bay Stewards save 10% on a membership!