Nature Discovery Center

Nature Discovery Center A hands-on nature center which teaches children/adults appreciation of nature and natural history. Nature activities, fluorescent minerals;trails, exhibit
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The Nature Discovery Center aims to foster an appreciation of the natural world and encourage learning through its collection of natural artifacts, exhibits, and hands-on activities and programs.

The Nature Discovery Center aims to foster an appreciation of the natural world and encourage learning through its collection of natural artifacts, exhibits, and hands-on activities and programs.

Mission: The mission of the Nature Discovery Center is to develop awareness and appreciation of the natural world and the environment through the Museum's hands-on and interactive collections, trails, and educational programs. The collections include, rocks, minerals, fluorescent minerals, fossils, sea life, insects, Indian artifacts, mounted birds and mammals, and plants. There are also interpretive exhibits, hands-on activities, and nature trails for all ages and families to enjoy.The Nature Discovery Center is a federally registered non-profit organization. There are changes to at least two exhibits annually. The Nature Center is family oriented.

Temporarily closed

Invasive in the Spotlight: Oriental Bittersweet
08/24/2020
Invasive in the Spotlight: Oriental Bittersweet

Invasive in the Spotlight: Oriental Bittersweet

Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) is a deciduous, woody, perennial vine native to China, Japan and Korea, that was brought to this country in the mid-1800s as an ornamental plant. Bittersweet is now considered a serious invasive species because is poses a significant threat to native plan...

Natural Resources Stewards | Nature Groupie
08/18/2020
Natural Resources Stewards | Nature Groupie

Natural Resources Stewards | Nature Groupie

The Natural Resources Steward program offers a comprehensive education & volunteer support network for people who want to learn, explore & share the nature of NH. This twelve-week hybrid training program brings people together to explore NH's ecosystems - how trees, plants, soil, fungi, water, wildl...

A Hawkwatching Primer | Nature Groupie
08/18/2020
A Hawkwatching Primer | Nature Groupie

A Hawkwatching Primer | Nature Groupie

Join Harris Center Hawk Watch Coordinator and avid birdwatcher Phil Brown for a virtual primer on viewing the greatest show above the earth — the annual fall hawk migration. Learn why many raptors migrate, where they are going, and how they get there. Phil will also teach you how to recognize New ...

07/29/2020

Unfortunately the Nature Discovery Center is closed for the 2020 season due to the Covid pandemic. Sorry for the inconvenience!

UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry and Wildlife Program
05/02/2020

UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry and Wildlife Program

UPDATED WITH THE ANSWER!

Quiz time!

Mike Gagnon, Hillsborough County Extension Forester, was out doing boundary work on the Hillsborough County Tree Farm. While exploring a very cool black gum swamp, he came across a small clutch of about 30-40 eggs attached to a fine twig submerged in a wetland. Can you guess what type of eggs these are? Post your answers in the comments and we'll post the correct answer tomorrow.

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The correct answer is spotted salamander eggs! Learn more about them by visiting NH Fish & Game’s website: https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/wildlife/profiles/spotted-salamander.html

Fun Fact: Did you know that there are 12 species of salamanders that can be found in NH? https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/nongame/salamanders.html

Celebrate Earth Day's 50th Anniversary!  Do something good for the Earth.  Be safe and be well!
04/22/2020

Celebrate Earth Day's 50th Anniversary! Do something good for the Earth. Be safe and be well!

04/20/2020

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE. The Nature Discovery Center needs volunteers to help in its museum for the summer season. (Opening date is still to be determined at this time, based on health and safety concerns.) Retirees and adults or college and high school students (age 16 and over) are encouraged to apply. You may help attract visitors, work on an exhibit, help keep exhibits and collections in good condition, or help design new interactive nature activities. Please call Director Sandra Martin at 603-822-2334 for more information or email [email protected].

Adele Sanborn used to live on South Rd., Hopkinton....above a mile from my house in Weare.  I'm sure its the same family...
03/31/2020

Adele Sanborn used to live on South Rd., Hopkinton....above a mile from my house in Weare. I'm sure its the same family. Absolutely beautiful pieces of glass.
Sandy Martin (former owner of Woodland Craft Shop.

Had some fun yesterday taking pix of juried artist Shannon Wallis' goose egg, batik-dyed in the traditional Ukrainian folk style called Pysanky.

Enjoy too the artworks of these other juried artists:

Naomi Lindenfeld
Ian Johnson
Alex Kalish
Bruce Cobb
Jordana Korsen
Adele Sanborn
Maureen Mills
Marcy Schepker
Diana Lind
Molly Grant
Ian Eddy
Nancy O'Connor
Elaine Fuller

And, finally, enjoy all springtime celebrations from the comfort and safety of your home.

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#lnhckeene #stayathome #flattenthecurve
League of NH Craftsmen

03/18/2020

Unfortunately, our program on "Beach Closures: What You Need to Know About Cyanobacteria," scheduled for Saturday, March 28th in Contoocook, has been canceled due to the pandemic. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Why is the beach closed this summer?  Learn more...Saturday March 28th at the Hopkinton Town Library Community Room, 1:3...
03/05/2020

Why is the beach closed this summer? Learn more...

Saturday March 28th at the Hopkinton Town Library Community Room, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

"BEACH CLOSURES: What You Need to Know About This Summertime Peril" with Amanda McQuaid, Beach and Cyanobacteria Bloom Program Coordinator for NH Department of Environmental Services.

What are Cyanobacteria and Why Should You Care?
02/23/2020
What are Cyanobacteria and Why Should You Care?

What are Cyanobacteria and Why Should You Care?

Blooms formed from cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) pose a threat to public health and the environment. New Hampshire residents are taking action.

02/23/2020

Save the Date: March 28, 1:30 pm, Hopkinton Town Library, Contoocook, NH. "BEACH CLOSURES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS SUMMERTIME PERIL" with Amanda McQuaid, NH DES Cyanobacteria Bloom Program Coordinator.

Looking for Eastern Hemlock | UNH Extension
02/21/2020
Looking for Eastern Hemlock | UNH Extension

Looking for Eastern Hemlock | UNH Extension

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep” – Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” The poet could very well have been describing a stand of eastern hemlock when he wrote these famous words.

Wilder Child
02/21/2020

Wilder Child

Join us for this free program on Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30 pm at Hopkinton Town Library.
02/21/2020
Climate Change in New Hampshire: Making the Connections

Join us for this free program on Saturday, February 22nd, 1:30 pm at Hopkinton Town Library.

Sherry Godlewski, Resilience and Adaptation Manager for the NH Dept. of Environmental Services will discuss the various climatic changes occurring across the country and the impacts we are experiencing in NH. Discussion will include actions you can take, in response to these changing conditions, to

Sherry Godlewski, Adaptation and Resilience Manager at NH Dept. of Environmental Services, will speak about the local ef...
02/17/2020

Sherry Godlewski, Adaptation and Resilience Manager at NH Dept. of Environmental Services, will speak about the local effects of Climate Change on Saturday, February 22nd, at 1:30 at the Hopkinton Town Library in Contoocook, NH. This free program is open to the public and sponsored by the Nature Discovery Center.

What are Cyanobacteria and Why Should You Care?
02/09/2020
What are Cyanobacteria and Why Should You Care?

What are Cyanobacteria and Why Should You Care?

Blooms formed from cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) pose a threat to public health and the environment. New Hampshire residents are taking action.

Ocean Acidification Is Literally Dissolving The Shells Of Dungeness Crabs
02/01/2020
Ocean Acidification Is Literally Dissolving The Shells Of Dungeness Crabs

Ocean Acidification Is Literally Dissolving The Shells Of Dungeness Crabs

San Franciscans fawn over Dungeness crab. Cracking their carapaces and dunking the retrieved meat into melted butter, consuming these crustaceans is a local right of passage. But if our oceans continue to acidify, that bit of ceremony could go the way of Friday nights once spent at Blockbusters.

02/01/2020

"Climate Change in New Hampshire: Making Connections" - Saturday, Feb. 22nd 1:30 - 2:30 pm at Hopkinton Town Library Community Room, Contoocook, NH. This presentation by Sherry Godlewski of NH Dept. of Environmental Services will discuss climatic changes across the country and NH impacts. Learn how extreme weather events, air quality and climate are connected, and actions you can take to lessen the impacts--both as an individual and as a community! Free program, open to the public. For more info: 603-822-2334.

Outside Play is Crucial for Emerging Readers and Writers
01/19/2020
Outside Play is Crucial for Emerging Readers and Writers

Outside Play is Crucial for Emerging Readers and Writers

A child who becomes a prolific reader and writer will be set-up for lifelong success. We are a homeschooling family, so we've had a front row seat to watch the emerging literacy with our oldest...

Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health
01/19/2020
Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing. Now, policymakers, employers, and healthcare providers are increasingly considering the human need for nature in how they plan and operate.

01/11/2020

The Nature Discovery Center's new phone number is: 603-822-2334. It is also the number for speaking to the Museum's director.

01/11/2020

The Nature Discovery Center will be offering three FREE environmental programs at either the Hopkinton Town Library or the Pillsbury Library in Warner. Stayed tuned for more information.

01/09/2020

SAVE THE DATES for our Winter Programs:
1. Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Hopkinton Town Library Community Room, Contoocook, NH 1:30 - 2:30 PM - "Climate Change in New Hampshire: Making the Connections" with Sherry Godlewski, Resilience & Adaptation Manager at NH Dept. of Environmental Services.
2. Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Hopkinton Town Library Community Room, Contoocook, NH 1:30 - 2:30 PM - "Beach Closures: What You Need to Know About this Summertime Peril" with Amanda McQuaid, Beach and Cyanobacteria Bloom Program Coordinator for NH DES,
3, Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Pillsbury Free Library, Warner, NH 1:30 - 2:30 PM - "An Update on Loons in New Hampshire" with Harry Vogel of the Loon Preservation Association in NH.

10/20/2019

The Nature Discovery Center will be open for three more half days and one full day before we close for the season. We'll be open half days on Oct. 20th, 25th, and 27th (noon - 5 PM). We'll be open on the 26th from 10:30 AM - 5 PM. Most of you know that we close because of no heat in the Nature Discovery Center. Dress warmly when you visit.

We'll be offering free nature/environmentally related programs at one of the local libraries beginning next year. They'll be posted on our website (ndcnh.org) and in newspapers as soon as the information is available.

Bring the kids to see the live animal shows, have their faces painted, try some craft projects and sample Native America...
09/05/2019

Bring the kids to see the live animal shows, have their faces painted, try some craft projects and sample Native American food. Harvest Moon and Naturefest will be held Sunday, September 22 from 10:00-4 on the grounds of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner.

08/21/2019

Bring your kids to our last Nature Camp of the season! They'll learn about our beautiful birds, and why we love them so. Bring binoculars for our field time if you have them.

Saturday, August 24 from 11-noon at the Nature Discovery Center. $5 per child, for kids age 6 and up, which includes a tour of the Nature Center after.

UNH Cooperative Extension
08/07/2019

UNH Cooperative Extension

As embarrassing as it might be, we've all got them. Weeds that is. So don't be ashamed of your weeds, use them for good! Identifying them can actually help you understand your soil and the growing environment in your yard. This will help you make smart choices when introducing new plants! https://extension.unh.edu/blog/what-can-weeds-tell-me-about-my-garden-soil

Address

18 Highlawn Rd
Warner, NH
03278

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General information

Mailing address: 216 Tucker Drive, Contoocook, NH 03229

Opening Hours

Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:30 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+16038222334

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Our Story

The Nature Discovery Center was founded by 13-year-old Sandra Martin in her parents’ Massachusetts home. As she grew, so did her love of nature and her collections. Now, over six decades later, the Nature Discovery Center teaches visitors to appreciate nature and protect it through its hands-on interactive displays and activities.

Learn about wildlife, plant life, sea life, insects and reptiles. Heft a dinosaur bone or a whale's tooth. Feel the fur of animals and the shell of an armadillo or a turtle. If you've visited the nature center before, you'll find new activities and displays yearly. New this year are reptiles, colorful minerals and interactive nature photography.

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds and take a hike along the nature trail to see what plants and animals thrive here, but don’t forget the bug spray! The Nature Trail Pack will entertain your pre-schoolers with an assortment of outdoor activities. Check out the pollinator garden to see how many pollinators you can identify. Your visit is sure to be a memorable one.

The Nature Discovery Center also offers Saturday outdoor classes in the summer and free nature programs during the winter. Check our website: ndcnh.org for more information.

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