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Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor! Posted on Aug 18

Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor!

Looking for a fun day trip for you and possibly your family? Look no further, the Boston Harbor Islands are the place to be. Lots of events take place on these islands during the summer months, so enjoy these festivities while they are here! Spectacle   …Continue Reading Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor!

Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield Posted on Mar 18

Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield

This is the first in a series of blog posts on the investments the Patrick Administration has made in parks, outdoor recreation and the people our parks programs affect.  Governor Patrick likes to say that “policy only matters at the point that it touches people.”    …Continue Reading Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield

Winter Boating and Hunting Tips Posted on Jan 23

Winter Boating and Hunting Tips

In light of recent cold water boating tragedies in the Commonwealth, and as we find ourselves in the midst of another cold snap, it’s important to remind boaters and hunters of some facts and tips for surviving the outdoors in frigid temperatures. Safe Boating in   …Continue Reading Winter Boating and Hunting Tips

Sharing the Beach: Seals Posted on Jul 24

Sharing the Beach: Seals

When seals are mentioned, a fond picture usually comes to mind: big, lovable eyes, long, bristling whiskers on a twitching snout, and a fat, cuddly body. As adorable and welcoming as they look, for both your and the seals’ safety, they should be left to   …Continue Reading Sharing the Beach: Seals

Dam Safety 101 Posted on Jul 18

Dam Safety 101

Summer is here, which means your days are getting longer and hotter. With the warmest temperatures we’ve had in a while, large bodies of water are looking nicer and nicer. Be careful, though! Not all bodies of water are created equal. Dams, smaller, low-head dams   …Continue Reading Dam Safety 101

Safe Boating Week in Massachusetts Posted on May 18

Safe Boating Week in Massachusetts

Colonel Aaron Gross Director, Massachusetts Environmental Police View Aaron's Bio With Memorial Day approaching, the Patrick-Murray Administration has proclaimed May 18-24 Safe Boating Week in Massachusetts as part of a national campaign to encourage safe boating practices. A personal floatation device, or lifejacket, may be   …Continue Reading Safe Boating Week in Massachusetts

Celebrate Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands – May 11-12! Posted on May 9

Celebrate Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands – May 11-12!

Tim Purinton Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration View Tim's Bio The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) recently put out an events calendar marking May and June as “Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands Months” celebrating river- and wetland-related activities across   …Continue Reading Celebrate Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands – May 11-12!

Paddling the Squannacook River Posted on Jun 20

Paddling the Squannacook River

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio Last June, I kayaked a portion of the Squannacook River, a cold river which wends its way from the towns of Townsend, Groton and Shirley. My first experience with this river was in the mid-1980’s as a   …Continue Reading Paddling the Squannacook River

Rapids are always changing Posted on May 25

Rapids are always changing

Tim Purinton Director, Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration View Tim's Bio At last spring showers are falling and rivers are back on the rise. Rising water is often the trigger for our migratory fish to start swimming upstream in search of   …Continue Reading Rapids are always changing

Kayaker’s Guide to the Great Marsh Posted on May 11

Kayaker’s Guide to the Great Marsh

Lisa Berry Engler Metro Boston Regional Coordinator, Massachusetts Bays Program (MassBays) View Lisa's Bio   This is the second post in a series about the Great Marsh. Be sure to check back to learn more about how you can enjoy and protect this wonderful and   …Continue Reading Kayaker’s Guide to the Great Marsh