Seacoast Science Center
Seacoast Science Center (SSC) plays an integral role in providing marine science and conservation education in New Hampshire and its surrounding communities. SSC’s curriculum-based programs for schools and visitor experiences are interactive, personal and fun. As such, individuals who engage with SSC gain knowledge and motivation to continue learning about our natural environment and are inspired to preserve and protect our Blue Planet. In 2023, we will continue to advance these strategic priorities: 1) elevating our visitors’ experience by providing rich engagement opportunities that increase understanding of the natural world and our influence on it; 2) ensuring our museum and programs are accessible and welcoming to all; 3) providing program scholarships to children in need; 4) advancing our marine mammal conservation and education work; and 5) expanding our community (citizen) science opportunities.
High-profile fundraising and community events are held throughout the year. Our 2023 calendar includes the Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals 5K trail run in Odiorne Point State Park; World Ocean Day Celebration; Music by the Sea Summer Concert Series; and BioBlitz, a dawn-to-dusk, science-based scavenger hunt within Odiorne Point State Park. These ticketed, signature events provide corporate partnership opportunities as well as individual major giving opportunities.
Seacoast Science Center cultivates financial partnerships and in-kind volunteer opportunities related to its programs, exhibits and events. These partnerships help us broaden our reach and support our core programs while providing brand exposure for corporate partners who demonstrate their commitment to conservation education. Individual gifts in support of our annual fund through our giving societies provide ongoing, critical funding. Planned gifts, major gifts and memorial gift programs are also available.
Seacoast Science Center was built on a strong foundation of volunteerism and the tradition continues. As teachers and ambassadors, volunteers play an essential role in advancing the Center’s mission to inspire conservation of our Blue Planet. Volunteers deliver educational programs, serve as exhibit interpreters, help plan and facilitate community events, work on special projects, assist administrative staff and more. Approximately 750 volunteers donate over 17,000 hours of service each year, for a total value over $430,000.
Board Officers / Board Members
Nancy Targett, Ph.D.
Interim President, University of Delaware (retired)
Greg Lynch, MD, FAAFP
Derry Family Practice (retired)
Linda Sanborn, CPA, MBA Treasurer
Baker, Newman, and Noyes
Bruce Freeman, MBA Secretary
General Electric (retired)
Allan Waterfield, Ph.D. Immediate Past Chair
University of Delaware (retired)
Kathryn Gill Drew, CFP
Physical Sciences, Inc.
Physical Sciences, Inc.
UNH Sea Grant/Cooperative Extension (retired)
NH Parks and Recreation (ex officio)
Diane Foster, Ph.D.
UNH School for Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (ex officio)