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Wendy Fox

Wendy Fox

Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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Beautiful spring weather has finally arrived. Now that it has, the Massachusetts state parks will be the place to be.  Fields and forests, lakes and streams – they are beautiful and interesting in any season, but spring is the time they, literally, come back to life.

To get you started, DCR has planned nearly two dozen activities for kids and their friends and families during April school vacation week, which is April 16-24 this year. Hike under the full moon at Halibut Point in Rockport. Learn to fish at Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton. Study the little critters living in streams and ponds at Robinson State Park in Agawam. See, touch, and hear the stories of rocks at Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke. Tour the New Charles River Dam in Boston and see how it keeps the tides from reclaiming much of the Boston and Cambridge riverfront. This is great stuff!

Below is the list of DCR’s April vacation week activities by region. For a complete list of all spring activities in DCR parks, visit  http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events.htm

Hope to see you out there!

Northeast Region

Full Moon Hike
Halibut Point State Park
16 Gott Ave., Rockport
Sunday, April 17
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Learn to Fish
Hopkinton State Park
268 Cedar St., Hopkinton
Wednesday, April 20
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Walk the Woods
Harold Parker State Forest
1951 Turnpike St., North Andover
Wednesday, April 20
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Signs of Spring
Harold Parker State Forest
1951 Turnpike St., North Andover
Thursday, April 21
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thoreau and the Two Revolutions
Walden Pond Reservation
915 Walden St., Concord
Monday, April 18
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Grow Beans like Thoreau’s
Walden Pond Reservation
915 Walden St., Concord
Wednesday, April 20
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Movie Night
Breakheart Reservation
177 Forest St., Saugus
Friday, April 15
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Weekly Hike
Breakheart Reservation
177 Forest St., Saugus
Sunday, April 17
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Weekly Hike
Middlesex Fells Reservation
4 Woodland Rd., Stoneham
Saturday, April 23
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Junior Rangers
Middlesex Fells Reservation
Call 781-231-1203 for locations
Wednesday – Saturday, April 20-April 23
10 a.m. – noon each day

Charles River Dam Tour
Water Street, Charlestown
Saturday, April 23
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Southeast Region

Cast Away!
Myles Standish State Forest
Fearing Pond Day Use Area
Wednesday, April 20
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Full Moon Hike
F. Gilbert Hills State Forest
45 Mill St., Foxboro
Sunday, April 17,
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Ames Mansion Tours
Borderland State Park
259 Massapoag Ave., North Easton
Sunday, April 17
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Wind, Wind, Wind
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
149 Waquoit Highway, East Falmouth
Tuesday, April 19
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wampanoag Culture: Connections to the Bay
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
149 Waquoit Highway, East Falmouth
Wednesday, April 20
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Earth Day Celebration
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
149 Waquoit Highway, East Falmouth
Thursday, April 21
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Central Region

What’s in the Water?
Robinson State Park
428 North St., Agawam
Sunday, April 17
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Listen and Look: Sounds and Sights of Spring
Chicopee State Park
570 Burnett Road, Chicopee
Monday, April 18
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

This Valley Rocks: Geology Hike
Mount Tom State Reservation
125 Reservation Road, Holyoke
Friday, April 22
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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