Mission: The Museum provides visitors with a very personal hands-on learning experience. It includes a natural science teaching collection, exhibits, and trails. The Museum has rescued many specimens and is using them as teaching tools. The Museum''s mission is to develop awareness and appreciation of the natural world and the environment through its hands-on collections, trails, and on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum sponsors educational programs throughout the year for adults and children. The museum is run entirely by volunteers.
Target demographics: Everyone interested in nature and the environment
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,000
Geographic areas served: Contoocook, NH
Merrimack County, NH
New England and beyond
Programs: Speakers Bureau at Hopkinton Library
NatureFest at Gould Hill Orchard in September
I've been a member of The Little Nature Museum for close to 50 years, and have watched it grow and mature under Sandy Martin's guiding hand. When I first saw the Museum, it was located in Sandy's bedroom in her parents home in Massachusetts. She has moved it several times over the years and it is now in it's best home ever. The museum's collection has continued to grow as has its library and its schedule of classes and sponsored talks.
And speaking of the sponsored talks, I almost always find the topics interesting from "Ben Kilham on Bears" to "Vermiculture: The Wonderful World of Composting".
A visit to The Little Nature Museum is a great way to spend a day with your children - and you may even enjoy it yourself!