Boston Harbor Environmental Group Gets City Kids to the Islands

Boston Harbor Environmental Group Gets City Kids to the Islands
Photos courtesy Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

On October 25, 2014, the non-profit group Save the Harbor/Save the Bay hosted its final free fall cruise of 2014 to Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. Nearly 400 children and their families from across the City of Boston and around the region took advantage of the beautiful day to explore the island, enjoy a picnic lunch, hike on the trails and search for treasure on the beach.

Save the Harbor also celebrated an important milestone by announcing that its free youth environmental education programs have connected more than 100,000 underserved youth and their families to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands since the group launched its free programs in 2002.

At a dockside press conference before the cruise, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s President Patricia Foley thanked Bay State Cruise Company, the Massachusetts Port Authority, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the National Park Service, as well as the region’s foundations, corporations, and small businesses and the hundreds of individual donors whose support has made it possible for the program to succeed.

Among those that took part in the trip were groups from the West End House in Allston/Brighton, Maverick Landing in East Boston, the Cummings School in Winthrop, the Highland Coalition from Lynn, the Red Sox Scholars and many other groups and families from across the city and around the region.

Save the Harbor’s free youth environmental education programs use field science, archaeology, and art on the shore to encourage youth and teens to actively explore Boston Harbor to increase their understanding of the marine environment and encourage them to engage in healthy outdoor activities. For more info, go to the Save the Harbor website HERE.