New England Science Center Collaborative (NESCC)

NESCC Mission, Goals and History

The New England Science Center was founded in New Hampshire in 1999, with the goal of linking climate science researchers and institutions to the environmental education community, in order to drive awareness and action around the problem of climate change. The NESCC created professional development opportunities (including the popular "Meet the Scientists" program), teaching tools (its flagship: the Climate Change Backpack®) and networking capacity for science educators. It also began working with science centers to help them become models and learning laboratories for greenhouse gas reductions, through the development of the "Greening the Science Centers" program.

Since 1999, the New England Science Center Collaborative has grown from its original fourteen NH members to over 30 member organizations throughout New England. The NESCC was also the model upon which its Connecticut counterpart, the Connecticut Science Center Collaborative, was based. In 2006 NESCC joined with Clean Air-Cool Planet, a founding member of it and the CT Collaborative, to reside under the umbrella of the Northeast Science Center Collaborative.

NESCC Steering Committee

John Anderson - Education Director, New England Aquarium
Will Abbott - Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Peter Arnold -
Renewable Energy Coordinator, Chewonki Foundation
Debbie Avalone-King - Environmental Specialist, Maine DEP Bureau of Air Quality
David Bartlett, Ph.D. -
Associate Director, University of New Hampshire Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space
Jeanne Gerulskis - Director, Christa MacAuliffe Planetarium
Steve Hamburg, Ph.D. - Brown University
Pat Harcout - Community Educator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Mary Lou Krambeer -
Iain MacLeod
- Executive Director, Squam Lake Natural Science Center
Adam Markham - Executive Director, Clean Air-Cool Planet
Brian Rogan
Program Manager, Earth-Space Education, Museum of Science
Richard Polonsky - Visiting Fellow, Watson Institute of International Studies, Brown University

NESCC Members

Science Centers     * indicates members on Advisory Committee
NH Audubon SocietyAudubon Society of New Hampshire
Concord, NH *
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Boston Children's Museum

Boston, MA
Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, Concord, NH
Christa McAuliffe Planetarium

Concord, NH *
Worcester, MA
ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, Burlington, VT
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
, Burlington, Vermont<
Museum of ScienceMuseum of Science
Boston, MA *
Fairbanks Museum and PlanetariumFairbanks Museum and Planetarium
St. Johnsbury, VT
New England AquariumNew England Aquarium
Boston, MA *(and the Newport Exploration Center, Newport, RI)

Seacoast Science Center, Portsmouth, NH

Seacoast Science Center
Rye, NH

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   SEE Science Center
   Manchester, NH

REY logoMargret and H.A. Rey Center
Waterville Valley, NH
Squam Lakes Natural Science CenterSquam Lakes Natural Science Center
Holderness, NH *
VINS logoVermont Institute of Natural Science
Quechee, VT

Environmental Education Organizations
Appalachian Mountain ClubAppalachian Mountain Club
Pinkham Notch, NH
Chewonki FoundationChewonki Foundation
Wiscasset, ME *
Clean Air - Cool PlanetClean Air - Cool Planet
Portsmouth, NH
Environmental DefenseEnvironmental Defense
Boston, MA
Harris Center for ConservationHarris Center for Conservation
Harrisville, NH

Maine Department of Environmental ProtectionME Department of Environmental Protection
Augusta, ME
NH Dept. of Environmental ServicesNH Department of Environmental Services Concord, NH RI Department of Environmental ManagementRI Department of Environmental Management
Providence, RI
Save the BaySave the Bay
Providence, RI
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Concord, NH

Tin MountainTin Mountain Conservation Center
Conway, NH

Farm pictureWeir Farm Natural Historic Site (National Park Service)
Wilton, CT

White Mountain National ForestWhite Mountain National Forest
Laconia, NH
Wright Center for Science Education Wright Center for Innovative Science Education
Tufts University, Medford, MA
Research Institutions
Brown University, Center for Environmental StudiesBrown University, Center for Environmental Studies
Providence, RI *
Cold Regions Research & Engineering LaboratoryCold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory
Hanover, NH
Center for Health and the Global Environment Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA earthwatch logoEarthwatch Institute
Maynard, MA
Hubbard Brook FoundationHubbard Brook Foundation
Hanover, NH
Mount Washington ObservatoryMount Washington Observatory
North Conway, NH
Plymouth State UniversityPlymouth State University Center for the Environment
Plymouth, NH
Tufts Climate InitiativeTufts Climate Initiative
Tufts University, Medford, MA
University of New Hampshire, Earth, Ocean, & Space InstituteUniversity of New Hampshire, Earth, Ocean, & Space Institute
Durham, NH *
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research ReserveWaquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Waquoit, MA*
Wood's Hole Research Inst.Woods Hole Research Center
Falmouth, MA