GREENLAND — Great Bay Discovery Center will hold its annual fall educator training on Thurs., September 5 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, 89 Depot Road in Greenland. The training includes a complete run-through of the actual school program offered September through October to students in the Seacoast region and throughout the state.
The training will prepare volunteer educators for teaching small groups of school children about the cultural history of the Great Bay Estuary and the natural resources found in the region up to 400 years ago. Educators lead a variety of lessons throughout the Discovery Center’s grounds. A favorite of students is “The Trail of the Arrowhead,” a 45-minute journey through the forest along the Center’s new boardwalk. Students sample turkey jerky, smoked salmon, learn about wampum and trade, waterfowl migrations, and gather in a birch bark fishing encampment. Other stops include a tour of the Special Collections artifact room and a lesson on the vessels of the Piscataqua Region.
All of the programs are mornings only and run for about three hours each. Most of the children attending the program are in grades 1-5. Volunteers sign up for dates that are convenient for them. The training session is free with snacks, lunch, and all teaching materials provided. No experience is necessary to become an educator so if you are interested in working with children in this fun and unique way, consider becoming a Great Bay Educator. Registration for the training is required by calling the Center at 603-778-0015 or emailing Elizabeth.Heckman@wildlife.nh.gov.
To learn more, visit www.greatbay.org.