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A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach Posted on Oct 16

A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach

As the COASTSWEEP Intern, I’ve been involved in a lot of the behind-the-scenes work to get supplies, sponsors and spread the word about this event. On September 12, I finally had the opportunity to get to the beach and participate in my first-ever COASTSWEEP cleanup.   …Continue Reading A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer Posted on Oct 10

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

If you love the outdoors and have an interest in activities like hunting and fishing,  , there is a career option that may be perfect for you. A Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer enforces all general laws of the Commonwealth that pertaining to the protection of natural   …Continue Reading How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time Posted on Sep 30

COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time

Since 1987, thousands of volunteers have scoured the shores of Massachusetts through COASTSWEEP, the statewide beach cleanup organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). These dedicated volunteers collect and document “marine debris,” the technical term for trash and other discarded items that   …Continue Reading COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time

The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity? Posted on Sep 4

The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity?

There are few things that beachgoers fear more than that dark, triangular shape skimming the water’s surface. With movies like Jaws and the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, sharks have smoothly glided into mainstream culture. Horror stories and newspaper articles of shark attacks abound, s0 it’s   …Continue Reading The Great White Shark or a Case of Mistaken Identity?

August is Tree Check Month Posted on Aug 13

August is Tree Check Month

Have you checked your trees for signs of invasive forest pests? Insects like the Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer are a threat to trees across Massachusetts. This month, we’re asking everyone to take just 10 minutes to check the trees in their   …Continue Reading August is Tree Check Month

Weekly Outdoor Events: WWTD (What Would Thoreau Do?) May 27 – June 2 Posted on May 26

One day doesn’t seem enough for a celebration of the brave men and women who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. Frequently filled with burgers, hot dogs, and s’mores, Memorial Day weekend has become, simultaneously, a weekend-long celebration of that service   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: WWTD (What Would Thoreau Do?) May 27 – June 2

Preserving the Massachusetts Landscape Posted on May 25

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has deep roots in the preservation of the Massachusetts landscape, growing from the former Metropolitan Park System (1893), the nation’s first regional park system, and from one of the country’s first state parks systems (1898). Built over a   …Continue Reading Preserving the Massachusetts Landscape

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!

Celebrating Historic Preservation Month Posted on May 7

Celebrating Historic Preservation Month

Edward M. Lambert Jr. Commissioner, Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) View Edwards's Bio I’m pleased to announce the kickoff of Historic Preservation Month in Massachusetts and throughout the country. DCR is once again celebrating through the month of May by showcasing its preservation efforts   …Continue Reading Celebrating Historic Preservation Month

Weekend Outdoor Events – May 3-6: Getting Outdoors and Fishing Fun! Posted on May 3

Weekend Outdoor Events – May 3-6: Getting Outdoors and Fishing Fun!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald’s Bio  On Saturday, May 4, head over to the Freetown State Forest and strap on your hiking boots and experience the vastness of the unbroken forest on a walk that   …Continue Reading Weekend Outdoor Events – May 3-6: Getting Outdoors and Fishing Fun!