Thanks to forward-thinking gifts from local conservation leaders, we’re now working with Hanover students in grades 3-12.
Setting an example – In late 2016, we received a call from Dr. Robert Christie, a Hanover Conservancy member and long-time Connecticut River Commissioner, asking about our student outreach programs. He had just attended our showing of The Messenger and was moved by the film’s message: that we must all take action now to direct our planet towards a sustainable future.
Inspired to “think globally, act locally,” Dr. Christie made a significant gift to the Conservancy’s Community Engagement program, from the Robert William Christie, M.D. Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. This will enable our staff to partner with the Richmond Middle School and Hanover’s after-school program for hands-on environmental education focused on the river and Hanover outdoors.
“If today’s students have the opportunity to go outside regularly to collect bugs, watch a bird in flight, identify an animal track or walk quietly through the woods, when they are leaders, they will choose to safeguard our natural world.”
-Rob Aldrich, director of community conservation for the Land Trust Alliance
Exploring the Connecticut River – Dr. Christie’s love of the river and years of service to the Connecticut River Joint Commissions inspired a number of activities for Richmond Middle School students. Beginning in May, 2017, sixth grade science classes will visit Kendal’s riverfront at the former Chieftain property to conduct water quality testing and observe river processes, thanks to a new agreement for public access to the river there. Other activities will include in-school showings of river-focused documentaries, and presentations on current issues in Connecticut River health and management, and exploration of Camp Brook and local geologic formations. We hope to add activities for 7th and 8th grade science students in the coming year.
After-School Wednesday Wanders– We are also now partnering with the Hanover Parks and Recreation Department to offer outdoor explorations for the “Kids After-School Time,” or KAST program. With Dr. Christie’s support, Conservancy staff lead after-school science enrichment activities and field trips for 3-5th graders to Balch Hill, Storrs Pond, Trescott Water Supply Lands, and Oak Hill, as well as the Ray School’s own nature trails.
Dr. Christie – A resident of Kendal at Hanover, Bob is a retired pathologist, Adjunct Professor of Pathology at Dartmouth Medical School, and writer. Formerly of Lancaster, NH, he served on the Lancaster Conservation Commission, White Mountains Regional School Board, and boards of several North Country non-profits. During World War II, he served as a tank company commander in Europe where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He served for over 15 years on NH’s Connecticut River Valley Resource Commission, appointed by Governor Merrill.
At Hanover High School – We are pleased to offer an annual $500 scholarship to an outstanding senior in environmental science who plans to continue those studies after graduation. The Hanover Conservancy Award has been generously underwritten by former president and board member emeritus, the late Jim Hornig (left). Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Chemistry, Dr. Hornig founded the Environmental Studies program at Dartmouth in 1978.
Thanks to Dr. Hornig and Dr. Christie for their dedication to the next generation of conservationists.