The Little Nature Museum offers interactive, interdisciplinary, hands-on nature, science, history-related and environmental programs for youth, families, homeschoolers, adults, and seniors.
These programs can be brought to your school, church, community center, private home, library, retirement community, or other location. Depending upon the topic, programs are available for preschool age through senior citizens. They are designed for 30 individuals or less (some can accommodate more) and are highly interactive. Most offer hands-on activities; they can be tailor-made to your group. These programs are presented by an experienced science teacher and museum director, Sandra W. Martin.
Programs at The Hopkinton Town Library
When the Museum is closed for the season, it offers free educational nature programs which are held in the Community Room at the Hopkinton Town Library. These high quality programs are made possible through generous donations and museum memberships. Be sure to check the Museum's calendar for upcoming events.
Past museum-sponsored programs at The Hopkinton Town Library:
March 22 – “Landscaping for Wildlife,” Marilyn Wyzga, NH Fish and Game Educator
May 1 – “Fun with Fossils,” Sandra W. Martin, Science Teacher Director, The Little Nature Museum
March 13 – “Wildlife Myth Conceptions” – Marilyn Wyzga, NH Fish and Game Educator
April 3 – “Super Soil: How to Have a Great Garden,” Marie Shaffer, Master Gardener
2005 – 50th anniversary of the Museum
March 19 – “Life Under the Ice: NH Fish on Ice,” Mark Beauchesne, Coordinator for NH Fish and Game’s Let’s Go Fishing Program
April 9 – “Whose Woods These Were; I Am Beginning to know….Social History of the Minks,” Rebecca Courser, 25 yr. Veteran of the Warner Historical Society
May 7 – “Wonders of Wetlands,” Lori Summer and Barbara Fales, staff from the NH Dept. of Environmental Services
July 9 – “A Year in the Life of a Turtle,” David Carroll, nationally acclaimed artist, author, and naturalist
February 4 – “Geology and Collapse of the Old Man of the Mountain,” Leland Wilder, Adjunct Professor of Earth-Space Science at Colby-Sawyer College and Public Outreach Coordinator for the NH Geological Survey in the NH Dept. of Environmental Services.
April 1 – “Coats for Critters,” Tim Carey, NH Fish and Game Volunteer
May 6 – “Discovering New England Stone Walls,” Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss and producer for NH Public radio.
February 10 – “The Energy-Climate Change Connection,” Joanne Morin, Technical Services Administrator of the NH Department of Environmental Services, Air Resources Division
March 24 – “Super Stewards: How Early Native Americans Cared for the Earth,” a children’s and family program, Ruth Smith, Education and Volunteer Manager, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.
May 19 – “New Hampshire Common Loons: New Challenges for a Resilient Species,” Harry Vogel, executive director, Loon Preservation Committee
February 2 – “Earthquakes in New Hampshire (or why the earth moves under your feet)” , David R Wunsch, PhD, P.G State Geologist and Director of the NH Geological Survey, NH Department of Environmental Services.
March 29 - "Mount Washington Observatory ....bitter xold, dense fog, heavy snow; incredible weather", Presented by Peter Crane, PhD, Director of Programs, Mt Washington Observatory.
April 19 - "Dig into the Past: The Mystery of the Sites....a children's archaeology program" with Sheila Charles, M.A., Historic and Archaeological Research Consultant and Strawbery Banke Archaeologist.
February 7 - "Climate Change: Moving from Hope to Action", with Patrick Miller, MPH, Research Associate Professor, School of Health and Human Services, UNH.
March 28 - "Wildlife Rehabilitation: Saving New Hampshire's Injured and Orphaned Wildlife", with Cathie Gregg, Director of the Elaine Conners Center for Wildlife in Madison, NH.
May 2 - "Wolves: Beyond the Myths", with Myrtle Clapp who has worked at the Loki Clan Wolf Refuge in Conway, NH for almost 12 years, has studied wildlife behavior for about 40 yrs. and is a member of the Refuge's Board of Directors.
Programs at The Little Nature Museum at Gould Hill Orchards
Beginning in late spring through the end of October, trail walks, short nature videotapes, and mini-programs may be scheduled at the Museum. Check the calendar for special programming announcements.
Programs for Scouts and Youth
Sandra Martin, teacher and museum director, can help Scout groups and other organized groups with requirements for badges and also provide opportunities for community service projects. The Museum is always looking for junior curators who can help the Museum with trail, exhibit, and collections maintenance. Please call Sandra (603-746-6121) for more information.