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Commissioner Rick Sullivan

Commissioner Rick Sullivan

Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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This summer marks the fourth year of DCR’s Great Park Pursuit, a series of free adventures in Massachusetts state parks that has proven increasingly popular.

During the first two years, we scheduled specific activities in certain parks across the Commonwealth and families and individuals came out on those days to participate. Last year, we changed the format to allow more flexibility and let participants schedule their own activities, and we’re doing that again this year. Each year, several hundred groups have participated. Any group of adults and children is welcome, as long as there’s at least one person over 18 and one person younger than 18. They learn how to fish, pitch a tent, roast s’mores, identify the stars at night, and much more.

We envision the Great Park Pursuit as a first step in building the next generation of environmental stewards. The program gives participants a sampling of what our more than 450,000 acres of state parks offer on a daily basis. Let’s not let television and the Internet replace wonderful, traditional, healthy activities like hiking, fishing, and bicycling.

The Great Park Pursuit is free, but participants should register.

Great Park Pursuit information.

As we like to say at DCR, the Great Park Pursuit helps everyone disconnect from cyberspace and reconnect with open space. Come out and join us!

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