The fund’s support allows the Rey Center to extend its education program on the Welch Ledges in Thornton, NH to more than 90 fifth-graders from the Beech Street School in Manchester, NH. Students will hike to the ledges and learn about the outcrop plant communities that live there and the impacts of hiker visitation on the exposed environment.
The Rey Center received its first Alpine Stewardship grant in 2012 to support the development of its Welch Ledges Stewardship and Citizen Science Program which, through a combination of instructor-led education sessions, citizen science data collection, and mountain steward presence teaches both the public and organized hiking groups about the exceptional plant species that inhabit the frequently visited site. The Welch Ledges Stewardship and Citizen Science Program builds on a growing interest in engaging the public as monitors of our wild places.
Since 2000, the Waterman Fund has awarded more than $100,000 for alpine stewardship projects across the Northeast. The Fund, named in memory of the late climber and outdoors writer Guy Waterman and in honor of his wife Laura, has the goal of strengthening the human stewardship of the open summits, exposed ridge lines, and alpine areas of the Northeast.
For more information on how you can get involved in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center Welch Ledges Stewardship and Citizen Science Program, email Kim Votta at the Rey Center at [email protected].
Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s books series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Rey’s legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. For more information contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or visit www.TheReyCenter.org.