2017 has been a year of change and growth at the Rey Center. We are all very proud of this year’s accomplishments, from new outreach ventures to more robust programming and increased participation and visits to the Curious George Cottage.
We welcomed a new Executive Director, Leah Elliot. Prior to joining us at the Rey Center, Leah was director of the Waterville Valley Nordic Center. She taught science in Alaska, California and Vermont. While having a solid background in nature and science, her MBA gives her the skill set to successfully manage a small non-profit like the Rey Center. Leah’s enthusiasm to increase people's understanding of the world around them fits well with the Rey Center’s mission to honor curiosity and discovery in art, science and nature.
This year we implemented some fun new programs including: Sensory Garden Exploration, Fairy House Building, Campfire Stories, Nature Scavenger Hunts, Moss Walks, and Full Moon Owl Walks and will be working with the Nordic Center to provide youth and adult nature programs.
The Rey Center also held some special events this year, including the New Hampshire premiere of “Monkey Business,” a documentary film about Curious George’s creators, Hans and Margret Rey. The center collaborated with New Hampshire Special Olympics and offered activities to athletes during the NH Winter Games, we hosted a Music Walk with the New Hampshire Musical Festival and we had a wonderful crowd during the Solar Eclipse, providing glasses and a telescope for viewing. Additionally we are working on an intern partnership with Plymouth State University, WV Elementary students continue to visit the cottage regularly for hands on nature programs and have offered local afterschool programming.
Nearly 4,000 people visited the Curious George Cottage this year to date, and attendance has grown for popular programs like Curious George Story Time, the guest lecture series, Literary Discussion Group, Dark Sky Stargazing, Nature Nights, and Curious Crafts. The Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence program is in its 4th year and this fall we hosted Corwin Levi, a visual artist who worked with both our local students and students in the Plymouth area.
We would not be able to achieve all we have without the dedication and contributions of our board of directors, program volunteers and participants, and the financial support of people like you!
Please give to the Annual Fund
Contributions to our Annual Fund provide essential support for the Rey Center’s programs and projects, and sustain the Curious George Cottage, a Waterville Valley treasure. Please consider a gift, over and above your support as a member.
Your generous gift to the Annual Fund is fully tax-deductible – and it DOES make a difference.
With heartfelt thanks,
Leah Elliot Chris Bierbrier Lynne Landa Executive Director Co-President Co-President
The Margret and H.A. Rey Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your kind donation. Our tax ID number is 22-3863524.
CONTACT US: Margret & H.A. Rey Center Noon Peak Road PO Box 286 Waterville Valley, NH 03215 603-236-3308 Fall Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 - 2, Friday & Saturday 10:00 - 3