News : Nonprofit Looks to Keep Boardwalk Afloat in the Great Bay

Nov 18, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch

By Mark Quirk

Whenever a school bus pulls into the Great Bay Discovery Center, Peter Wellenberger can’t help but chuckle to himself. Seeing the smiling, amazed looks on the children’s faces as they exit the bus and look at the Great Bay Estuary never gets old for him. But the real joy comes later.

“What’s really exciting is when a school bus comes with school kids and (some of the children) come back on Saturday with their family,” said Wellenberger, executive director of the Great Bay Stewards. “It’s just a great place to go.”

For 22 years one of the biggest attractions at the center has been the quarter-mile boardwalk that meanders through and around the Great Bay Estuary. With its unique view of the Great Bay and the wildlife that lives there, it has also served as an educational tool. Thousands of local school children and adults have utilized the boardwalk over the years to better understand the importance of the bay’s ecosystem.

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