Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
This week offers a variety of outdoor events ranging from the hills to the beach to the starry night sky!
Get outdoors mid-week with the weekly Nice & Easy Hike program. Join the group on Wednesday, October 17, at 10:00 am for a one to two mile, easy-pace walk at the Mount Greylock State Reservation. All ages are welcome, and seniors are especially encouraged to participate.
Before you celebrate Halloween, celebrate the 25th anniversary of COASTSWEEP, Massachusetts’ coastal cleanup program! On Saturday, October 20, help clean up Lynn and Nahant Beaches from 9:00 am to 11:00 am or Revere Beach from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Meet at either the Ward Bathhouse in Lynn or the William G. Reinstein Bandstand in Revere.
Just in time for Halloween, the 11th Annual Neponset Pumpkin Float is happening on Saturday, October 20. Put your own carved pumpkin on display as it floats down Davenport Creek! Come to Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester at 5:30 pm to check-in and watch the float begin at 6:00 pm. Bonus points to anyone who wears a costume!
Sky’s the limit when it comes to enjoying the outdoors! On Sunday, October 21, admire the stars from Borderland State Park during their special Astronomy Night. Star gazing beings at 7:00 pm with high-powered telescopes available to examine everything from constellations to the moon.
For more great events happening this and every week, check out our outdoors calendar for events near you.
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.