“I was able to take a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a canoe this summer. I have a strong desire to work with technology and love to do anything that involves critical thinking and the use of my hands. It makes me happy to be able to build something I have never built before. I hope you continue to donate in the future so more kids like me can experience this.” – Nathan Hallam, age 12
Thanks to your support, donors like you have helped change the life of young people like Nathan. His experience of discovery and hands-on learning reflects the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s continuing commitment to weaving our state’s boating heritage with active and engaged learning programs like boat building.
This year, NHBM offered innovative education programs to all ages, including:
Lake Discovery Camp – taught boating-themed activities, games, arts, crafts, and water ecology in a fun and engaging week for children ages 5 – 12.
Youth, Family and Adult Boat Building – provided supervised guidance to help people build their own canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, Bevin Skiffs, and Opti Sailboats.
Community Sailing – provided sailing lessons for over 140 adults and children.
Steamboats of Lake Winnipesaukee – developed a new 4th grade curriculum unit to launch in schools in 2017.
Web-Based Education – on-line educational opportunities for children on our website, nhbm.org, will be designed this winter.
Thanks to donors like you, the Museum can continue to grow its educational programs and offer them to even more students. With your help, we can connect more children to programs that offer boating education; healthy outdoor adventure; environmental stewardship skills; and lessons in leadership, teamwork, and self-discovery.
This year, our 2016 Annual Appeal goal is $25,000, which is a vital component of our $380,000 operating budget. Funds raised during this year’s Annual Appeal will be earmarked for the Museum’s high-quality education programs.
We hope you will help us again this year with a gift to the Annual Appeal. Your investment in educating our young people is critical to the New Hampshire Boat Museum. Please consider donating generously. Your tax-deductible contribution will educate and inform our future generation of young boaters and lake stewards.
Joe and I thank you in advance for your consideration and continued support.
Lisa Simpson Lutts and Joe DeChiaro
Executive Director Board Chair