Commissioner Rick Sullivan
Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Autumn is one of the best seasons to be outdoors (but then so are winter, spring, and summer), and the 450,000 acres of DCR properties are great outdoor places to be. Castle Island on Boston Harbor was my mother's favorite picnicking spot when she was a kid. With Fort Independence behind you, grass leading to the water's edge, and small boats and big ships passing by, what's not to love?
These special places are also home to great outdoor events – from skiing and sledding to sailing and concerts – throughout the year.
This weekend at Houghton’s Pond in DCR’s Blue Hills Reservation, the Yankee Siberian Husky Club will host an event about dog sledding. On Saturday, November 21, at 1 pm, they’ll demonstrate the keen abilities of these dogs that are in training for the winter season. It's a great opportunity to see these amazing animals at work.
At noon on November 21, a DCR ranger will lead a walk looping around the Babson Farm quarry at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport. Participants will learn about the quarry industry while taking in the breathtaking views of this seaside park.
For more information about these events check out the complete DCR Events Calendar.
See you out there!
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September posted on Sep 12
September’s photo contest winner was Gary Kamen, who photographed Mount Warner Vineyard in Hadley. Mount Warner Vineyards is a farm-winery located in Hadley, a small town in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Operated by Gary and Bobbie Kamen, their philosophy is to recognize the unique characteristics of …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September
Calling All Shuckers! posted on Sep 3
Do you know where the oysters you ate at the raw bar last night were grown? Do you know how oysters are grown? Oysters naturally inhabited the eastern coast dating back to the 1700s, but due to over-harvesting, disease, and habitat loss, wild oysters have …Continue Reading Calling All Shuckers!
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?