Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game (DFG)
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Edward M. Lambert Jr.
Commissioner, Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)
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With the summer season approaching, Governor Patrick proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month! It is a great opportunity to celebrate all that nature has to offer in the Commonwealth. Boasting over 450,000 acres of state parklands and wildlife management areas, Massachusetts offers many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming.
Not only does June signal the beginning of the summer vacation season, it also marks the start of many outdoor recreational activities.
The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are hosting a variety of outdoor activities perfect for celebrating the great outdoors! Here's a sampling of this month's activities.
- Learn to Fish: Interested in fishing but don’t know how? You can learn by participating in the DCR “Learn to Fish” event on Sunday, June 3, from 9-11 a.m. Through this program, you will learn fishing techniques and how to be environmentally responsible when fishing. You will even discover what species live in the reservoir! The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game will be providing a group fishing license as well as fishing poles and tackle. The group will meet at the Old Stone Church in West Boylston.
- Free Fishing Weekend: On June 2 and 3, take a friend or family member fishing for free–you won't need a fishing license to fish any waterway statewide for these two days! It is time well spent with family and friends. Your purchase of a fishing license directly supports fishing, stocking, education and fish habitat management programs. Contact Jim Lagacy, DFG’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Program Coordinator for scheduling a fishing festival or clinic in your area during the year at (508) 389-6309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Accessible Recreation Fair: Join us at Artesani Park in Brighton on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a fun-filled event provided by the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Universal Access Program (UAP). Individuals, families, and friends of people with disabilities can come together to enjoy a cycling fair (with an assortment of cycles available for use) and adaptive recreational activities including hiking, letterboxing, face painting, and interpretive programs. Take this opportunity to learn about DCR’s inclusive, accessible programs and resources available to people of all abilities around the state so that everyone can enjoy the outdoors this summer!
- A Sense of Place Festival: On Saturday, June 9, visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Upton and join singer/songwriter and educator Erica Wheeler in discovering your sense of place through music, writing, and reflection. Bring a picnic lunch and a blanket or chair and enjoy Erica’s inspirational, entertaining, and educational program with friends and family. We invite you to come for the day or any part of the program.
- Identifying Animal Tracks: If you’ve ever come across an animal track and wondered what it was, then this is the event for you! On Saturday, June 9, from 1-3 p.m., Stillwater Farm in Sterling will be hosting a program all about animal tracks and habits. Find out what animals might inhabit your back yard, and learn to interpret signs that they were there. It’s a great activity for both curious kids and adults!
- Summer Discovery Hike: Spend this Father’s Day hiking! On Sunday, June 17, a DCR ranger will be leading a three mile summer discover hike to the Blue Hills reservoir in Quincy. We will meet at the Shea Rink parking lot, and the hike will begin at 1 p.m. This is a great way for families to spend time together enjoying the outdoors.
These and other activities can be found on the at Massachusetts Outdoor Events or DCR’s event page and DFG lists hundreds of outdoor events and activities for June and the rest of the summer on its website in the following links: MassWildlife Calendar of Events and Rivers and Wetlands Month Calendar.
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