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Wendy Fox

Wendy Fox

Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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The phrase “school vacation week” conjures a lot of images and – admit it – some are better than others: happy kids sleeping in, commuter traffic lighter in the mornings, and then, of course, parents going crazy trying to think of things for their kids to do. DCR to the rescue! From Rockport to Cape Cod, Boston Harbor to the Berkshires, DCR parks have something for everyone next week. Take a beach walk or a canoe trip, go bird watching or stargazing, sit by a campfire or watch a snake demonstration. A full list of activities is right here – click on each link for details.

Then, as a grand finale to the week, consider bringing the whole family to volunteer during DCR’s Park Serve Day on Saturday, April 24. More than 60 parks will be sponsoring beach clean-ups, picnic table painting, trail clearing, bulb planting, and other projects that day to help get the parks ready for the 2010 season. Last year, more than 4,000 volunteers participated in Park Serve day and made an enormous difference in the look and feel of your state parks.

Below is the list of vacation week activities in the parks. Click here for more information on Park Serve Day.  Have a great week!

Thursday, April 22

Bird Brains, 10-11:30 am, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Falmouth

Plant a Flower on Earth Day, 10 am-noon, Webb State Park, Weymouth 

The Lorax Visits Upton, 10:30 am-noon, Upton State Forest, Upton

Wicked Big Puddle Exploration, 11 am, Stony Brook Reservation, Hyde Park

Discovery Days at the Park, 11 am-2 pm, Maudslay State Park, Newburyport

Tide Pool Discovery at Red Rock Park, 11 am-noon & 2 pm-3 pm, Red Rock Park, Lynn

Celebrate Earth Day! Make More Earth, 1-2 pm, Walden Pond Reservation, Concord

 

Friday, April 23

Snakes Awake for Spring Break!1-2:30 pm, Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle

Myles Standish Monument Climb, 2 pm-6 pm, Crescent Street, Duxbury 

Oh My! The Spring Sky!, 8-10 pm, Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

 

Saturday, April 24

Park Serve Day!, Pick a Park, Give a day, Make a difference

Junior Ranger Day, 10 am-2 pm, Georges Island, Boston Harbor  

Earth Day Coffee House, 7:30 pm, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Falmouth

     

Sunday, April 25

Gyotaku: Fish Printing, 10 am-11 am, Schooner Ernestina, New Bedford

“To Build A Fire” Family Program, 1 pm-2 pm, Chicopee Memorial State Park, Chicopee

Tide Pool Exploration at Red Rock Park, 3 pm-5 pm, Red Rock Park, Lynn

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