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Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! Posted on Jul 30

Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

I always thought wasps were the bad guys growing up. But smokey-winged beetle bandit wasps (Cerceris fumipennis) are actually the good guys – used to kill off an invasive species. This specific type of wasp (that does not sting) catches Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a   …Continue Reading Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown Posted on Jul 21

Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown

The town of Watertown, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be opening a Braille Trail and a Sensory Garden, one of the few parks of its kind. Breaking ground on July 21st, this project hopes to be completed by late   …Continue Reading Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown

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

A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie Posted on Nov 18

A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie

“Many wild edibles can be found as close as your back yard, the vacant lot down the street, the edge of the school ball field or along a bike path.” Wise words on unexpected foodstuffs from Russ Cohen, a rivers advocate for the Massachusetts Department   …Continue Reading A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie

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

Weekly Outdoor Events: Let’s Get Physical! July 15 – 21 Posted on Jul 16

You know the song, you love the song, now it’s time to live the song. Thursday evenings, from July 11 – August 29 at 6 p.m., come to Martini Shell Park and Zumba! For 45 minutes, leap and sway to Latin rhythms and work off   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: Let’s Get Physical! July 15 – 21

Weekly Outdoor Events: The Earth and Beyond – June 10-16 Posted on Jun 10

When was the last time you took time to stop and smell the roses? This week, reopen your eyes to the true beauty that makes up the world. On Wednesday, June 12 at 6 p.m., explore Myles Standish State Forest to catch a glimpse of   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: The Earth and Beyond – June 10-16

Weekly Outdoor Events: Coexisting with Critters – June 3-9, 2013 Posted on Jun 2

Recess is one of the most important times in a child’s life, a time for exploration and hands-on education. My recesses were usually comprised of dirty hands, frogs, worms, and other many-legged living creatures. Unfortunately, as you get older, recess slowly starts to disappear, becoming   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: Coexisting with Critters – June 3-9, 2013

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

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!