Mass Great Outdoors Blog

Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of Massachusetts' natural resources

Monthly Archives: July 2011

Local wood for good Posted on Jul 29

Local wood for good

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio You don’t have to live in the country to be a farmer – you can grow crops outside in the city too. Launched in 2007, Build-a-Garden teaches city residents square-foot growing methods   …Continue Reading Local wood for good

Weekly outdoor events Posted on Jul 25

Weekly outdoor events

Tracey Workman Multimedia Intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs View Tracey Workman's Bio This Sunday, July 31 from 10 to 1 p.m. visit DCR’s Cutler Park for a unique wheeled exploration of forest and marsh. Not only will you pedal along winding dirt   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events

Young Wildlife in Trouble Posted on Jul 19

Young Wildlife in Trouble

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio Recently, a disabled Leominster resident called to report that during a thunderstorm, a tree had snapped off in his neighbor’s yard and catapulted some young owls on to the ground. He was desperate to help the young   …Continue Reading Young Wildlife in Trouble

Weekly outdoor events Posted on Jul 18

Weekly outdoor events

Tracey Workman Multimedia Intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs View Tracey Workman's Bio Take a trip to DCR’s Blue Hills Reservation this weekend and try something new by participating in DCR’s Houghton’s Pond Fish Festival. On Saturday, July 23 from 10 to 3   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events

Boating and Swimming Safety Tips Posted on Jul 15

Boating and Swimming Safety Tips

Colonel Aaron Gross Director, Massachusetts Environmental Police View Aaron's Bio With the summer season in full swing, I want to take the time to refresh your memory on boating and water safety. While you’re out enjoying our coastal and inland waters, I want to encourage   …Continue Reading Boating and Swimming Safety Tips

Weekly outdoor events Posted on Jul 11

Weekly outdoor events

Tracey Workman Multimedia Intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs View Tracey Workman's Bio Come join DCR on an insect safari this Saturday in Canton from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The safari will have you digging in dirt, crawling on your knees, and squealing   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events

5th annual Great Park Pursuit Posted on Jul 5

5th annual Great Park Pursuit

Edward M. Lambert Jr. Commissioner, Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) View Edwards's Bio This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Great Park Pursuit. As part of DCR’s No Child Left Inside initiative, The Great Park Pursuit 2011   …Continue Reading 5th annual Great Park Pursuit

Weekly outdoor events Posted on Jul 4

Weekly outdoor events

Tracey Workman Multimedia Intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs View Tracey Workman's Bio Visit DCR's Bue Hills Reservation this Saturday, July 9 from 1 to 3p.m. to join the Blue Hills Adult Walking Club in hiking the loop around the base of Great   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoor events

Helping to protect right whales one license plate at a time Posted on Jul 3

Helping to protect right whales one license plate at a time

Bill Hinkley Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) View Bill's Bio I am occasionally asked if buying a right whale license plate really helps whales. The answer is: yes! The Massachusetts Environmental Trust has made many grants from proceeds of the plate to support whales   …Continue Reading Helping to protect right whales one license plate at a time

Beach Getaway in Boston Posted on Jul 2

Beach Getaway in Boston

Commissioner Rick Sullivan Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Commissioner Sullivan's Bio With the Fourth of July weekend upon us, what better way to celebrate than to visit the beach. Summer is the time for sandcastles, bikinis, and boogie boards, and while most   …Continue Reading Beach Getaway in Boston