Margaret Gillespie Recognized as New Hampshire Environmental Educator of the Year
Recognition by NH Environmental Educators

Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Naturalist Margaret Gillespie was recognized as New Hampshire Environmental Educator of the Year at the New Hampshire Environmental Educators annual meeting on May 6.

Margaret began her career with Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Nature Center in 1979. In 1980, she became Outdoor Education Coordinator for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, a position she held for five years. Margaret’s connection to the Science Center began in 1986 when she became a half-time Naturalist. The other half of her time was spent as Coordinator for New Hampshire Project Learning Tree for the next 11 years.

Over her 35-year career with the Science Center, she has inspired countless thousands of students and families and shared her passion for the outdoors through engaging and innovative outdoor education experiences. Margaret has also reached an even larger audience through her writings. She has authored the natural history column for the Science Center’s quarterly Tracks and Trails newsletter for more than 30 years. In 2016, the Science Center, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration, published a selection of her nature writings in a book entitled, Nearer to Nature.

When the Blue Heron School opened in 2010, the preschoolers gave Margaret a nature name “Margaret Moose” and now current and former students know her fondly by that moniker.

Margaret continues to teach programs, write, help create interpretive exhibit messaging, and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

The Science Center is proud to announce this special recognition for Margaret Gillespie’s many contributions from her peers throughout the environmental education community as New Hampshire Environmental Educator of the Year.

Nearer to Nature is available to purchase at or at the Howling Coyote Gift Shop at the Science Center.

About Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, guided Squam Lake Cruises, an informal public garden, and Blue Heron School, a nature-based Montessori early learning center, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and public trails are open daily from May 1 through November 1 with programming throughout the year. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit