Street Address
18 Highlawn Rd.
Warner, NH 03278
Mailing Address
216 Tucker Drive
Hopkinton, NH 03229
Hours
As of January 15, 2014 the Museum is closed while the Museum's building is being renovated. Please call before traveling to check on our status.
Admissions
Admission fees will be announced once the museum reopens.
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Sandra W. Martin, Director
phone: 630-746-6121

Description

The Museum contains collections, exhibits, and hands-on nature activities with prizes for children. The collections include rocks, minerals, fossils, sea life, insects, Indian artifacts, mounted birds and mammals, and plants.

The Museum is appropriate for adults and children. The Museum anticipates reopening in 2014. When it does, it will be open on weekends and holidays. It will also open by appointment on weekdays for groups of 10 or more.

The Museum is operated entirely by volunteers. Recommended age for the Museum: ages 4 and up. It can be best described as a "family museum."

Mission

Our mission is to develop awareness and appreciation of the natural world and the environment through the Museum's hands-on collections, trails, and educational programs.

History

The Little Nature Museum was founded by Sandra Waddell (Martin),its current director, at the age of 13, in Winthrop, MA. It opened in 1955. Sandra began teaching weekly after-school children's science classes at her parents' home to two age groups; as many as 30 children attended. Summer classes were eventually added and field trips scheduled. An annual open house or similar event has been held since its founding providing the public, and especially children, the opportunity to learn more and become excited about nature and science.

The Museum began to offer on-site and outreach programs in the early 1970's on a variety of nature-related topics. In recent years experts in a variety of environmental fields have been invited to present programs and workshops. It was located in Sandra's home in Weare, NH for 31 yrs. and most recently was located at Gould Hill Farm, Contoocook, NH. The Museum is looking forward to its new and larger home across from the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH.

Artifacts Collections

  • mounted birds and mammals
  • fluorescent minerals
  • minerals
  • rocks
  • mollusks
  • corals
  • fossils
  • echinoderms
  • insects
  • plant galls
  • cones
  • lichens
  • fungi
  • mammal pelts
  • arachnids
  • Interpretive trails will available in the future.

Educational Programs

Annually,during the winter/spring the Museum hosts several free programs with guest speakers on a variety of natural science topics.

During the spring, summer, and/or fall, it also offers a series of outdoor workshops annually (fee required). In the fall, it hosts a fun,educational event, NatureFest.

    Facilities

    The Museum is located in a barn on the grounds of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.

    Governance

    The Little Nature Museum is a federally registered non-profit organization.

    The Museum is governed by a Board of Directors.

    Library

    Access: Members

    Appointment required: Yes

    Publications

    The Museum issues a quarterly newsletter and an annual report. It is sent to museum members and museum donors.

      ADA

      When the Museum reopens,it will be fully handicap accessible.

      Wheelchair Accessible

      Parking

      Restrooms

      Services

      Some educational materials are available on loan to educators. Outreach programs are available and are described on the website.

      Gift Shop

      Group Tours