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Gather the family and spend some time quality time outdoors this week at great events happening across the state. Ongoing through September, Join DCR’s Great Park Pursuit! The Great Park Pursuit (GPP) invites families and youth groups to register as a team and be challenged to visit 6 “park pursuits” each individually created by the teams themselves. Teams can visits DCR parks and programs near their home or plan adventures across the commonwealth. Look to your Mass state parks for some fun and creative challenges for the family to liven up your summer plans.
Planning to head to the beach this week? Come check out the Creature Feature programs at Scusset Beach this Tuesday and Horseneck Beach this Thursday. Kids will have the opportunity to explore their curiosity and discover some of the creatures leaving near the shore. Each week, interpreters will explore a new area of the beach and highlight different creatures.
At Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke, bring your family to the Trail Kids program Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. Each week, children aged 7-9 can learn more about nature by joining in the games, crafts and explorations. This is a great program to add some nature into your child’s day and spend time with like-minded families.
On Wednesday, come out to Discovery Hour for kids hosted by Middlesex Fells Reservation, taking place at Veterans Memorial Pool in Everett. This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy a half hour program featuring a nature story and simple craft.
Want to learn something new with your family? Join the Cast Away Fishing Clinic this Friday hosted by Myles Standish State Forest. Park Interpreters provide a hands-on fishing demonstration and instruction, free and open to the public. Bring your fishing pole and bait – or borrow one of ours! Poles for borrow are in limited supply, so come early. Families should meet at the Fearing Pond Day Use Area and parking is free for the clinic.
For more great events happening this and every week, check out our outdoors calendar for events near you.
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.
Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor! posted on Aug 18
Looking for a fun day trip for you and possibly your family? Look no further, the Boston Harbor Islands are the place to be. Lots of events take place on these islands during the summer months, so enjoy these festivities while they are here! Spectacle …Continue Reading Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor!
K-9 to the Rescue posted on Aug 13
At 5:35 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, Officer Art O’Connell got a call about two missing girls in Douglas State Park. Officer O’Connell, his partner Diesel and a back up state trooper had to search the 5,900-acre, nine square mile, park on foot, as the canopy of the trees was too thick to search via helicopter and the ground too uneven to search by vehicle.