Concord NH~Joni~Merrimack County


The Little Nature Museum ~ Contoocook, NH

During our recent outing to Gould Hill Orchards in Contoocook we were very pleasantly surprised to stumble upon "The Little Nature Museum"

A Hidden Jewel

Entry The Little Nature Museum was established in 1955 in Winthrop MA, by Sandra W. Martin. She is its Founder and Director. It was in Weare NH for 31 years and relocated to Gould Hill in 2000.

Sandra is an experienced Science teacher and Naturalist. As a child she was educated in Science through
the Science program at the Boston Museum of Science.                             
Sandra and Geoff Here is Sandra with my husband Geoff...he's headed in to look at fluorescent minerals under Black-light.

One of the best aspects of this place are the extensive "Hands on Exhibits"mystery box

rock    animal tracks

What a fun destination for a family outing! And the attractions aren't just appealing to the "little ones".

There are fun and interesting facts for all ages....
For example "did you know"
that beautiful plant with the orange berries ~   BITTERSWEET     plants

(that we use to decorate our homes) considered an

               display INVASIVE SPECIES


And just how good are you at recognizing that perennial scourge called plants
                                                                                                                  POISON IVY?

Board  Plants

Are you a Scout Troop Leader? How many Badges could they fill here??


The Museum is open limited seasonal weekends and private tours by appointment. During the Winter months the Hopkinton Public Library holds special exhibits and programs. Check out the Website for times, dates, and whatever else you need to's packed with information!    animals













NH's Four Seasons 

Joan Mirantz - Joni is a Realtor® with Homequest Real Estate, a locally owned, Customer Service oriented Firm.
Joan Publishes a monthly Newsletter "Food For Thought" under the pen name Realtor Sherpa.
(Joan also answers to Miz Maven and Miss Joni.)

Joan works in Buyer and Seller Representation with concentrations in the Merrimack Valley Area and towns surrounding Concord NH - the Capital City.
"I love what I do, and it shows in how I do it"

Having crossed over to the "other side of Middle Age" herself....Joan is an ongoing source of information about local programs, facilities and issues specific to her peers! 

Livin' the Life...and Ridin' the Wave



Comment balloon 4 commentsJoan Mirantz • September 13 2010 05:17PM


Joan ~  The Little Nature Museum truly is a hidden gem.  I had not heard of this museum before.  Looks like a fun outing.  I hope to find some time to visit.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 6 years ago

The Little Nature Museum looks like an awesome place to share some quality time with the family! 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 6 years ago

Cool. That would be a pretty awesome place to stumble upon. I guess that's why you refered to it as a hidden jewel. I wonder how many little places like that just dot the landscape never attracting enough attention? It sounds like a neat place to take the kids without having to open up the wallet too much.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 6 years ago

Joan...I can't wait till my neice is a bit older, she's not quite two yet. This is so great for kids! should bring the grand child when he's older...there is also apple picking there!

Hi's fabulous for the kids and it's actually Free! (She just asks for a donation)

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 6 years ago