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Fall apple picking

Fall apple picking posted on Sep 27

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares’ Bio Fall in Massachusetts is a great time for apple picking. One of my favorite ways to spend a crisp fall day is apple picking then warming my fingers around a cup of   …Continue Reading Fall apple picking

Tour a farm, orchard or winery this summer

Tour a farm, orchard or winery this summer posted on Aug 26

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares' Bio This summer I visited a number of farms that offer tours for the public. It is a fun and tasty way to spend a day with friends and family. We’ve launched a   …Continue Reading Tour a farm, orchard or winery this summer

Time for scup!

Time for scup! posted on Aug 20

Bob Greco Chief of Staff, Department of Fish & Game (DFG) View Bob's Bio Fishing in the dog days of summer can be slow, particularly during daylight hours. But the waters of Cape Cod, the Islands, and southeastern Massachusetts offer an abundance of scup, which   …Continue Reading Time for scup!

Get ready for Farmers’ Market Week

Get ready for Farmers’ Market Week posted on Aug 19

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Next week is Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week. It’s the height of the local growing season and markets are overflowing with a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. Nothing says local more than   …Continue Reading Get ready for Farmers’ Market Week

Scoop the poop – and don’t pollute

Scoop the poop – and don’t pollute posted on Aug 17

Bill Hinkley Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) View Bill's Bio Many posts on this blog focus on hiking, fishing, birding, and other great activities but I would guess that the most popular outdoor activity in Massachusetts is dog walking. One of the most significant   …Continue Reading Scoop the poop – and don’t pollute

Star gazing at Mt. Greylock August 13

Star gazing at Mt. Greylock August 13 posted on Aug 13

Wendy Fox Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Wendy's Bio Ever been to the top of Mount Greylock? Well, avoid the crowds and consider going tomorrow night, from 9 p.m. to midnight. DCR and the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomers Association (5As) are   …Continue Reading Star gazing at Mt. Greylock August 13

Free Friday flicks

Free Friday flicks posted on Aug 12

Commissioner Rick Sullivan Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Commissioner Sullivan's Bio Wondering what to do on Friday night? Well, wonder no more! DCR and WBZ News Radio 1030 have teamed up to bring a free series of family-friendly movies to DCR’s Hatch   …Continue Reading Free Friday flicks

Disconnect from cyberspace, reconnect with open space

Disconnect from cyberspace, reconnect with open space posted on Jun 11

Commissioner Rick Sullivan Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Commissioner Sullivan's Bio This summer marks the fourth year of DCR’s Great Park Pursuit, a series of free adventures in Massachusetts state parks that has proven increasingly popular. During the first two years, we   …Continue Reading Disconnect from cyberspace, reconnect with open space

Stop invasive zebra mussels this boating season

Stop invasive zebra mussels this boating season posted on May 26

Bill Hinkley Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) View Bill’s Bio Boating and fishing are great activities for the whole family. With the discovery of highly invasive zebra mussels in Laurel Lake last summer, boaters need to be especially careful when transporting boats between lakes   …Continue Reading Stop invasive zebra mussels this boating season

FIELD REPORT: Women’s turkey hunt

FIELD REPORT: Women’s turkey hunt posted on May 21

Mary Griffin Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) View Commissioner Griffin's Bio At 4:30 a.m. on May 3, I joined nine women and six guides for a turkey hunt in Devens sponsored by MassWildlife’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman (BOW) program. Fueled by coffee and a   …Continue Reading FIELD REPORT: Women’s turkey hunt