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Our Affiliates …

• BAE Systems, Inc. • Community CollegeSystem of NH • Dartmouth College
• McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center • Mount Washington Observatory • Plymouth State Univ.
• UNH (NHSGC office) NH Affiliates across New Hampshire... Contact NHSGC...

About the Rey Center & Curious George Cottage

The Margret and H.A. Rey Center honors the legacy of Margret and H.A. Rey, children's book authors and illustrators of Curious George, Whiteblack the Penguin, and The Stars: A New Way to See Them. The Center honors the Reys’ spirit of curiosity and discovery by increasing understanding of and participation in art, science and nature through programs for youth, adults and families.

The Reys were active in writing and illustration; astronomy; natural history; photography; environmental action; concern for animals; the joys of gardening, walking and bicycle-riding; and children's experiential learning. These life pursuits form the basis for Rey Center programs—a mixture of art and science, physical and intellectual, young and old, and ever-present curiosity.

Located in Waterville Valley's Town Square, the Margret and H.A. Rey Center also operates the Curious George Cottage, the former summer home of the Reys, located adjacent to the Waterville Valley Elementary School and Recreation Dept.

  curious george cottage
    Curious George Cottage

Recently renovated, the cottage is in the process of becoming a green demonstration house, part of an overall campus that includes the Curious George Nature Trail, the Mary Bierbrier Community Gardens and an astronomical observatory.


New Hampshire Space Grant Affiliates:
The Margret and H.A. Rey Center and
Curious George Cottage
The Margret and H.A. Rey
Center in Waterville Valley's
Town Square

Through a blend of art and science programs, the Rey Center promotes understanding of and participation in science, and fosters public interest in environmental stewardship and our cultural heritage. NHSGC supports the following Rey Center initiatives:

Earth and Sky Observatory
The Rey Center's hands-on participatory citizen science programs create meaningful learning experiences, improve science literacy and impart knowledge and motivation that enables citizens to become actively engaged in making informed decisions about the environment.

  Curious George

The Tecumseh Overnight program guides small groups up Mount Tecumseh in Waterville Valley, N.H., on overnight adventures where they learn about northeastern forest ecology, climate change, and astronomy while engaging in a fun outdoor experience. The Center also encourages citizen involvement in projects that protect our region’s waterways and rare plant communities through their Water Watchers program and Welch Ledge’s Stewardship Hikes.

Teacher Training & Science Curriculum Enhancement
The Rey Center’s teacher training and science curriculum programs enhance the Earth and space sciences, physical and life sciences, and inquiry components of science education in New Hampshire’s schools. The curriculums are interactive, content-rich, and engage students and teachers alike. Several curriculums build upon the real-world environmental monitoring conducted by the Rey Center. The K-12 curriculums blend practical research methods and data analysis with science content. They explore the relationship between climate change and the natural world, mountain weather, and topics relevant to science and protecting the natural environment.

Curious George For younger students, the Rey Center brings to life the bright and engaging character Curious George to promote science learning. This inquisitive little monkey, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, is always led by his curiosity to explore the world and discover how things work. The Rey Center uses Curious George’s sense of wonder and discovery to strengthen interest in STEM disciplines in elementary school students through educational programs and teacher trainings based on Rey books, such as Curious George Flies a Kite, and Curious George Gets a Job.

Public Education in Astronomy
Throughout the year, the Rey Center offers public programs and activities in astronomy, fostering a sense of wonder and excitement about astronomy and discovery in science. In partnership with NH Space Grant Consortium members, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and Plymouth State University, as well as the NH Astronomical Society, the Rey Center holds public stargazing events and indoor lecture programs, engaging the entire family with fun, hands-on learning activities and planetarium shows. Along with programs directly supported by the NHSGC, the Rey Center also hosts public art shows, art and photo workshops, lectures, family and children’s camps, adult discussion groups, and so much more.