Grant Received for Grab & Go Kits

Ethan, a young visitor at the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, picks up his first Bayventure Grab & Go kit.

GREENLAND — The Great Bay Stewards, a local non-profit dedicated to protecting and conserving the Great Bay estuary, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant from the Portland, Maine-based Horizon Foundation to support the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Summer Bayventure Grab & Go kits.

“The Great Bay Stewards was thrilled to be invited to apply for support from the Horizon Foundation,” says Allison Knab, executive director of the Great Bay Stewards. “This grant has made possible funding for the entire summer’s worth of Bayventure Grab & Go kits, which have been incredibly popular with families throughout the past winter and spring.”

As children, their parents and grandparents came to the Great Bay Discovery Center in unprecedented numbers throughout the pandemic, Reserve staff launched free Bayventure Grab & Go kits out of a desire to further engage with the many visitors. Themes for the activity kits have include Frost Fishing Fun, Flower Power, and Seaweed in my Soup.

“Picking up the Grab & Go activity kits at the front door of the Discovery Center has become a weekly outing for many local families,” says Beth Heckman, assistant education coordinator at the Reserve. “One mom told me her kids ask her if it is Monday morning, and time to go grab their new kits. Our first week of kits in December brought out 72 families. Now we are up to making 200 kits per week. The success of this program, even when the Discovery Center has been closed, makes me smile.”

Through May, more than 3,000 kits have been picked up outside the front door of the Discovery Center. The Stewards supported the kits through the spring but were so gratified to have the Horizon Foundation grant funding for thirteen weeks of kits this summer. Themes developed for the weeks ahead include “Fishy Friends,” “Awesome Osprey,” “Bee a Good Neighbor,” “Great Bay Gundalows,” and “Who’s Awake in the Dark?”

About the Great Bay Stewards

The Great Bay Stewards, a non-profit organization established in 1995, play an integral role in a variety of programs associated with the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Through fundraising events, a legacy program, private donations, and educational programs, the Stewards provide critical support to supplement state and federal funding received by the Reserve.

To fulfill its mission to protect Great Bay for future generations, the Stewards work with area organizations to raise awareness of critical issues and promote estuarine conservation. Their newest initiative – Become a Great Bay Tide Turner – is an education program working with local homeowners to reduce stormwater pollution from residential properties.

To learn more about supporting the Stewards and their work, visit www.greatbaystewards.org.

About the Horizon Foundation

Since its founding in 1997, Horizon Foundation has funded non-profit organizations that meet the mission goals in places where its trustees live and work. The foundation supports non-profit organizations that aspire to create and maintain sustainable, vibrant, and resilient communities by enabling children and adults to lead their communities in creative, healthy, and thoughtful ways; educating citizens to be good stewards of the environment; conserving land and water resources; encouraging service to others; promoting visual arts and music, and teaching appreciation of and preserving historic assets.

To learn more about the Horizon Foundation, please visit www.horizonfoundation.org.

 

 

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