The Browne Center


Evelyn Browne

The Browne Center was named for Evelyn Browne (1915-1994), a visionary leader with a drive for excellence and an ability to bring out the best in people.

Evelyn “Ev” had a passion for teaching others the value of living in balance with nature.  Her love for the outdoor life brought her to the University of New Hampshire in 1943 to teach horseback riding and riflery.  

She remained at UNH and taught various skills and topics until her retirement in 1981.  Her accomplishments were many.

As a beloved teacher and activist, she educated community members and organized a movement that prevented Aristotle Onasis from building an oil refinery in Great Bay.  Later in her life, Ev was instrumental in the establishment of the Great Bay National Estuary Research Reserve.


Ev is from a long line of pioneers and artists whose work is being preserved by The Browne Family Collection



"Pam McPhee, executive director of The Browne Center, recalls how Evelyn led UNH into outdoor education in the 1950s, long before most people had heard of it. “Ev could captivate any audience with her vision of what could be,” Pam says. “She saw things 20 to 30 years ahead of everyone else.” In 1988, Evelyn’s vision of what could be led her to donate six acres of land for the foundation of a UNH Center for Excellence in Outdoor Education, providing the impetus for the creation of The Browne Center."

The Browne Center has been providing innovative experiential learning programs since the early 1980s. We provide a wide range of programming from comprehensive trainings to shorter one-day sessions. Our learning programs evolve to meet the needs of our clients and our diverse client base allows us to draw upon best practices from a variety of disciplines and remain sensitive to specific needs and outcomes.

Creating a dynamic program based on your group's specific goals is our approach with every single client. We can provide an action-packed program to meet your needs – whether you are coming together as a new group, integrating new members, building positive group relationships, addressing specific behaviors, or striving for performance excellence.