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
The Little Nature Museum was the best kind of learning opportunity for my grandchildren who were visiting from Washington State. They had so much fun browsing through the thoughtfully prepared exhibits, enjoying the specimens and playing nature games, they learned about nature "naturally." In my opinion, that is the best and most effective way for children to develop their interest in and appreciation of the natural world. Sandra Martin and her dedicated volunteers work hard to provide opportunities for children to grow in their knowledge of the natural world. Such opportunities are becoming all too rare. This is a "little" museum in name only. It makes a big and important impact on children.