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Monthly Archives: December 2010

First Day Hikes Posted on Dec 30

First Day Hikes

Wendy Fox Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Wendy's Bio Start off the winter outdoor recreation season with a First Day Hike at one of the 14 parks across the state hosting the free event on Jan. 1. First Day hikers can   …Continue Reading First Day Hikes

VIDEO: Cross country skiing in Weston Posted on Dec 29

VIDEO: Cross country skiing in Weston

Lindsey Palatino Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs View Lindsey's Bio Check out my video about my visit to the Weston Ski Track at the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course in Weston last winter. Hear about   …Continue Reading VIDEO: Cross country skiing in Weston

FIELD REPORT: Deer hunt check station (Part 1) Posted on Dec 28

FIELD REPORT: Deer hunt check station (Part 1)

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio During the first week of the shotgun deer hunting season, DFW biologists are stationed at deer check stations across the state to collect data from the deer brought in by successful hunters. I’m assigned to the Nantucket   …Continue Reading FIELD REPORT: Deer hunt check station (Part 1)

Weekly outdoor events Posted on Dec 27

Weekly outdoor events

Rachel Offerdahl Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Rachel's Bio It may be cold out, but there’s still plenty to do! Come to Hoyoke or Gardner for Winter Wonders Family Fun on Wednesday or Thursday, or check out Nature Crafts   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events

School vacation week skating schedule Posted on Dec 24

School vacation week skating schedule

Wendy Fox Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Wendy's Bio For some family fun over the holidays, lace up your skates and check out DCR's school vacation week skating rink schedule. Between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2, DCR parks in the North End,   …Continue Reading School vacation week skating schedule

Price check on Eight Days of Xmas Posted on Dec 22

Price check on Eight Days of Xmas

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares’ Bio We’ve started a DAR tradition of pricing out how much the 12 Days of Christmas (well the first eight days anyway) would cost with some help from our friends at the Department   …Continue Reading Price check on Eight Days of Xmas

Buy local plants and flowers for holiday gifts Posted on Dec 21

Buy local plants and flowers for holiday gifts

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio DAR’s Bonita Oehlke suggests buying local plants and flowers make for great holiday gifts and support local businesses! From old-time favorites to new colorful varieties, flowering plants and greens can be found   …Continue Reading Buy local plants and flowers for holiday gifts

Women’s outdoor weekend in Becket Posted on Dec 20

Women’s outdoor weekend in Becket

Ellie Horwitz Chief of Information & Education, MassWildlife View Ellie's Bio Next month – January 21 through 23, 2011 – the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA and MassWildlife’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program are sponsoring a Women’s Wellness Weekend. Instructors from the MassWildlife’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program will   …Continue Reading Women’s outdoor weekend in Becket

Outdoor events update 12/20 Posted on Dec 20

Outdoor events update 12/20

Rachel Offerdahl Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Rachel’s Bio Celebrate the first day of winter at Kelly Rink in Jamaica Plain with a Winter Skate! There will be hot cider and popcorn to wrap up the year’s celebrations of   …Continue Reading Outdoor events update 12/20

Giving green Posted on Dec 17

Giving green

Bill Hinkley Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) View Bill's Bio Here is a way that you can give a gift that helps to protect the environment and give your license plate a makeover. By purchasing an environment theme license plate as a holiday gift   …Continue Reading Giving green