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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

New Hampshire Coastal Program Online Directory
Science and Education Centers

Aquaculture Education and Research Center

PO Box 1271
Hampton, NH 03843
603-926-1650 / 603 926-5278 (fax)
Dyanna Innes, Executive Director

A nonprofit organization based in Hampton/Seabrook New Hampshire. Focuses on preparing middle and High school-aged classroom aquatic programs. Designs curriculum for classroom aquariums projects and provides teacher training at the Hampton facility. Offers daylong training sessions for teachers on the use of aquarium in the classroom to teach biology, chemistry, animal behavior, and conservation and offers various interest groups tours of the aquaculture facility. Hosts teachers on an individual basis for onsite research and provides teachers with technical support and care to aquarium species between school sessions.

Children's Museum of Portsmouth

280 Marcy Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-3853 / 603-436-7706 (fax)
Jane Bard, Director of Education

Teaches arts and science to families and children of all ages. Exhibits encourage investigation, discovery, learning, creativity and fun.

Port of Portsmouth Maritime Museum & Albacore Park

600 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Russ BanBillard, Board of Directors

Educates the public about the submarine industry in Portsmouth and houses the submarine Albacore, an experimental submarine not designed for warfare. The visitors center contains artifacts and displays of the submarine industry. The museum is open year round.

Portsmouth Athenaeum

6-8 Market Square, 3rd Floor
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Houses a research library of over 40,000 volumes that focus on regional history, literature and culture. Maintains a collection of fine art and artifacts related to maritime and regional history.

Great Bay Discovery Center

Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
89 Depot Road
Greenland, NH 03885
603-778-0015 / 603-778-7398 (fax)
Kelle Mackenzie, Education Coordinator

Serves as the education center for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, offering interpretive exhibits, trails, programs and publications. Focuses on educating children, the general public, and coastal decision makers about the value of estuaries, research in the Great Bay watershed, the interactions of humans and watersheds, and the cultural and natural history of the Great Bay.

Science & Nature Center at Seabrook Station

North Atlantic Energy
PO Box 300
Seabrook, NH 03874
800-338-7482 / 603-773-7788 (fax)
Sarah Gebo, Communications Specialist

Provides hands-on exhibits that explore energy, nuclear energy, the marine environment, and facts on the Seabrook Station, as well as brochures for the self-guided Owascog Nature Trail that leads from the uplands to the Hampton Harbor Salt Marsh. Produces several brochures on low-level nuclear waste, high-level waste, radiation, safety, energy and nuclear energy for the general public. There are no costs associated with visiting the center. Recently restored a section of the salt marsh which borders the plant, and monitors marsh grass regrowth.

Seacoast Science Center

570 Ocean Boulevard
Rye, NH 03870
603-436-8043 / 603-433-2235 (fax)
Wendy Lull, Executive Director;
Steve Miller, Program Director,
Jim Chase, Director of Development

Provides high quality programs and exhibits to spark understanding of the cultural and natural history of Odiorne Point State Park. Active in coastal and Gulf of Maine programs with a focus on education and making wise decisions on environmental issues. Conducts programs on coastal resources, salt marshes ecology, wild flowers, pond life, and history for visitors, schools, youth groups, and organizations throughout the year. Offers children's camps throughout the summer and during school vacations. Publishes a bimonthly newsletter, The Seacoast Sun, for members of the Seacoast Science Center, as well as Rocky Shore and Salt Marsh teacher guides.

Society for the Protection of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England)

Headquarters 141 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-3956

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. We offer a unique opportunity to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions.

Strawbery Banke Museum

Marcy Street, PO Box 300
Portsmouth, NH 03802
603-433-1100 / 603-433-1115
Sharon Kotok, Director of Marketing and Communication

Living history museum with 10-acre site containing historic homes, craft shops and boat-building facilities. Provides tours aboard a traditional Piscataqua Gundalow, summer programs for children and group tours for schools. Offers daily waterfront walking tours of Prescott Park, in July and August, emphasizing changes in maritime activities from 1625 to the present. Holds boat building demonstrations during the summer. Organized historical photographs into presentations about the environmental history of the Piscataqua River. A monthly calendar of events, talks and slide programs are available for interested groups.

The James House Association

459 Lafayette Road
Hampton, NH 03842
Ansel Palmer
House location -- 198 Towle Farm Road

Formed to preserve the James House, one of only a few First Period houses left in the New England seacoast area, located on Towle Farm Road in Hampton. The one-plus acre house site and adjacent 15 acre parcel make up the historic site of the James Farm. The James House dates back to 1723. Restoration efforts are under way and an educational program for grades 4 - 12 has been developed to present the history of the site including the use of coastal resources.

Urban Forestry Center

State of New Hampshire, Division of Forests and Land
45 Elwyn Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
J. B. Cullen, Administrator

Provides pertinent information, expands knowledge, and encourages the general public, natural resource managers, and other natural resource organizations and agencies to maximize the benefits of trees and forests to our living environment. Co-sponsored a Festival of Trees with Portsmouth Garden Club and holds an Herb and Perennial Plant Sale every year. Houses a Kid's Garden.

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