Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2018 Harpoon Shamrock Splash


The 7th annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. With your help this year we will raise more than $50,000 to support free beach events and programs on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket!

For just $25, you can enjoy refreshing Harpoon beer, tasty treats, a terrific beach party and the warm feeling you get when you give back to your community. You will also have a chance to win round trip flights from JetBlue, terrific swag from Harpoon and other great prizes for best costume and biggest fundraiser.


The Harpoon Shamrock Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay began in 2011 in partnership with Harpoon Brewery and JetBlue as a fundraiser for beach lovers to plunge into cold water and raise money for their beaches.


In 2017, the Harpoon Shamrock Splash raised more than $55,000 to support nearly 100 free concerts, beach festivals, sand raking competitions, and circus performances in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.

So help us crush last year's record and raise $60,000 to support free events and programs on the region's public beaches this year.

Register online before the event at www.shamrocksplash.org for just $20, or register on the day of for $25. Registration includes a beer, a burger, a Harpoon Koozie, and the chance to win round-trip flights on JetBlue for best costume and biggest fundraiser.*

Start a team, invite your friends to join you, and help us make a big splash on the beach in 2018.

Thanks to our event sponsors at Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, Mix 104.1, B. Good, L.L. Bean and the Blue Sky Collaborative, and to our Better Beaches Program Funding Partners at The Boston Foundation, The Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust, the Richard Saltonstall Foundation, National Grid and Comcast.

Thanks as well to the Massachusetts Legislature,  the Baker-Polito Administration and the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for their support for our beaches, and to our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the Greater Boston YMCA for their support.

So register today at www.shamrocksplash.org. Sure, you will be cold for a few minutes but the warm feeling you will get from taking part in this great event will last all year long.

We can’t wait to see you  on the beach on March 11th.

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
As the region’s leading voice for clean water and continued public investment in Boston Harbor, the region's public beaches, and the Boston Harbor Islands, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work we do, please visit our website at www.savehtheharbor.org, our blog “Sea, Sand & Sky” at blog.savetheharbor.org, or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

*Although the fun is unlimited, some restrictions apply. See the event site for details.


Monday, January 29, 2018

We're Hiring! Youth Program Staff: Senior Harbor Educator

2018 Youth Environmental Education Programs

Do you have experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring youth and teens? Do you have a background or strong interest in marine science, environmental studies, fishing, history, art, music, sports, or education? Would you like to spend your summer on the water, sharing Boston Harbor with Boston's youth and teens as part of a fun, dedicated, and talented staff? Then we have the perfect summer job for you.

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay:

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is a non-profit public interest harbor advocacy organization. We are made up of thousands of citizens, as well as scientists, and civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders whose mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.

Opportunity:

If you love the water and working with young people, this is a unique and challenging opportunity to have fun while making a difference in the lives of thousands of youth from around the City of Boston. Come spend a summer outside on the shores and docks of Boston Harbor— educating youth and teens, spreading your love of the water and the environment, and sharing your outgoing personality with the youth of the Greater Boston region!

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay runs two hands-on environmental education programs on Boston Harbor that served 31,451 youth in 2017—at no cost to the participants. We work in partnership with Boston's youth sailing and recreation centers, as well as Camp Harbor View on Long Island and The Boston Children's Museum, to educate their summer staff and young participants about the urban marine environment. We also run a series of educational boat trips to the Boston Harbor Islands where youth participants can take part in hands-on recreational and educational activities on Georges Island or Spectacle Island.

Senior Harbor Educators (SHEs) are responsible for implementing engaging, active, and hands-on lessons from our Boston Harbor Curriculum featuring fishing, lobstering, crabbing, water quality tests, and guided shoreline walks. SHEs also lead art on the shore projects, storytelling by the sea, and other enrichment activities at youth program sites, and at occasional evening and weekend beach events. SHEs may also lead healthy outdoor activities such as beach soccer, kickball, volleyball, and more. SHEs work with a team of one college-age Lead Harbor Explorer (LHE) and several high school age Junior Program Assistants (JPAs). Senior Harbor Educators supervise and mentor LHEs, who in turn assist the SHE in leading programs and supervising and mentoring the JPAs, helping to ensure their success in all job tasks including biweekly blog posts completed by all members of the summer program staff.

Program participants range in age from 7-17, and come from every neighborhood in Boston with a strong emphasis on low-income communities and underserved youth.

Employment:

Full time seasonal: Last week of June through end of August (Specific dates TBA). This is a paid seasonal position without benefits.

Responsibilities:

  • Read and learn our STEAM and Humanities based Boston Harbor Curriculum to implement it with confidence and creativity 
  • Lead daily programs on the water, the beaches, and the piers and docks of Boston Harbor
  • Educate youth about the ecology of Boston Harbor, and inspire a sense of Harbor stewardship
  • Supervise and mentor high school age Junior Program Assistants and college-age Lead Harbor Explorers 
  • Work with Program Assistants to ensure their successful completion of biweekly blog posts
  • Lead programming at occasional after-work or weekend beach events

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with children, preferably in a school, summer camp, or coaching environment
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic, comfortable speaking in public, and confident in leadership roles
  • Flexible, creative, spontaneous, and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Comfortable around water and getting your hands dirty (baiting fishing hooks, handling marine life, and hands-on exploration of the Harbor environment are regular activities)
  • Background and interest in marine biology, environmental science, maritime history, or related field preferred
  • Experience mentoring youth and teens preferred
  • Interest in art/music or sports a plus
  • Experience with and interest in fishing a plus
  • Interest in and experience with storytelling and/or the performing arts a plus
  • Bilingual skills a plus
  • ELL/ESL teaching experience a plus


To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Amy Gaylord at gaylord@savetheharbor.org.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Youth Programs Coordinator


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is a dynamic non-profit working to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy. With offices on the Boston Fish Pier overlooking Boston Harbor, Save the Harbor is the region’s leading voice for clean water and continued public investment in Boston Harbor, the region's public beaches, and the Boston Harbor Islands. 

Save the Harbor is seeking a Youth Programs Coordinator to join our hard-working 7-member team to coordinate our youth and family programs and expand outreach to help us “Share the Harbor” with underserved youth and families from across the City of Boston and around the region.

Our free youth and family programs have made Save the Harbor the Boston Harbor Connection for youth and families in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull, helping to create a generation of Boston Harbor stewards who truly understand the value of our spectacular urban natural resources to them and their communities.

Position Summary

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is looking for a Youth Programs Coordinator with strong leadership skills and experience in education and community building to lead and coordinate our Youth Environmental Education Programs. The Youth Program Coordinator will work directly with our Vice President of Operations and Programs and Lead Teacher to:


·         Recruit, schedule and assist in the management of our 34-person summer program staff, including 6 Senior Harbor Educator, 5 college-age Lead Harbor Explorers, 20 high school Junior Program Assistants, and program consultants including our Harbor Historian and Artist in Residence.

·         Assist with the mentorship of 20 high school Junior Program Assistants.

·         Work with 120 youth development and community organizations to recruit for and coordinate our free summer Youth Environmental Education Programs, including 28 free All Access Boston Harbor cruises to the Boston Harbor Islands, and our Boston Harbor Explorers program which runs at 12 program sites including the region’s youth sailing centers, The Boston Children’s Museum, and Camp Harbor View.

·         Connect with new partners to expand the reach of our free programs throughout the region.

·         Play an important role in the development of enrichment and training opportunities for our summer staff as part of our Youth Jobs and Leadership Development Program.

·         Assist Communication and other Program staff to create program materials, newsletter articles, press releases and blog posts.

·         Develop new program and event opportunities, expand our curriculum, and develop our Boston Harbor Explorer’s Guide

·         Continually evaluate and improve our programs.

·         The Youth Programs Coordinator is a member of our core staff, and will also take on additional responsibilities and collaborate with other staff on events and projects such as our annual fundraising events the Shamrock Splash and Destination Boston Harbor, program events like the annual Beach Bash and Splash in South Boston as well as free weekend harbor cruises, volunteer service days and other essential organizational operations.

Desired Qualifications:

Our ideal candidate will have great enthusiasm for teaching, youth development and mentorship, and a passion for sharing the natural and marine environment with students of all ages – particularly teenagers. Candidate should be able to demonstrate 1-2 years’ experience with youth programs, team management, teaching or coaching, and coordinating a young and diverse staff. Our programs focus heavily on environmental and outdoor education, so background or experience with sailing, swimming, fishing, lobstering, beachcombing, marine science, environmental studies or other outdoor activities is a plus. Because of the nature of our programs ideal candidates should be comfortable on, in and around the water, as well as getting your hands dirty teaching youth and teens to explore the marine environment, catch fish, crabs and other critters. A positive, outgoing, enthusiastic attitude, along with flexibility, creativity, spontaneity and the ability to take a strong leadership position, will serve this position extremely well. Ultimately, our goal is to share our mission, passion and enthusiasm for our work and the Harbor with the kids and communities we serve.
About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Save the Harbor is an ambitious organization that has enjoyed tremendous success and earned the regard and friendship of a broad based constituency. Since 1986 we have been the region’s leading voice for clean water and the completion of the $5 billion Boston Harbor Clean-Up, which has transformed Boston Harbor from one of the dirtiest harbors in the nation into a source of educational, recreational and economic opportunity for all Bostonians and the region’s residents.

Though clean water and environmental advocacy remain at the core of our mission, since 2001 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has increasingly focused our attention on finding new ways to connect the nearly one million residents who live within half an hour of the coast, with the harbor, the beaches, and the islands. Today, Save the Harbor:

·         Convenes and leads our Beaches Science Advisory Committee, which led the effort to transform the South Boston beaches into the cleanest urban beaches in America and is working to improve water quality at King’s Beach in Lynn and Swampscott and Tenean Beach in Dorchester.

·         Leads and manages the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for the Massachusetts Legislature, charged with improving the Boston Harbor Region’s public beaches from Nahant on the North Shore to Nantasket on the South Shore.

·         Strengthens Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods and the region’s beachfront communities by hosting and sponsoring 484 free Better Beaches events and programs on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket since 2008.

·         Is the Boston Harbor Connection for the region’s underserved and low-income youth and their families, with free Youth Environmental Education Programs that have introduced more than 190,000 underserved and low-income young people to the spectacular harbor we have worked so hard to restore and protect since we began them in 2002.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes 100% employer paid health and dental insurance, plus 401K and generous vacation time. Save the Harbor is ideally located overlooking Boston Harbor on the Fish Pier, and our 7-person staff cultivates a collaborative, fun, but hard-working office environment with a focus on open-communication and enthusiasm for our mission.

To apply for this position, please email your resume and a cover letter to hr@savetheharbor.org

For more information about the organization, visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

New Intern: Emily Bozadjian


Hi!

I hope everyone is having a lovely day. My name is Emily Bozadjian and I’m from Medfield, MA—a small town about 45 minutes southwest of Boston. After graduating high school in 2016, I left New England to attend college in North Carolina. However, I find myself back in the 617 as I apply for fall admission at new schools. As a communications major, the communications internship at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay came at the perfect time, and I look forward to spending the next few months at this organization!
I have always had a passion for our planet—whether it was picking up trash during recess in the second grade or experimenting with some more sustainable diets throughout high school and college, the environment has always been on the forefront of my mind. My passion further blossomed this past summer when I volunteered with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) organization. For a week I farmed in upstate New York, gaining a deeper appreciation for sustainability, organic practices, and food—what an incredible learning experience!

I knew I wanted to find an internship that reflected my personal commitment to the Earth, and when I found Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, I was ecstatic. Having a communications internship at a nonprofit is a fantastic opportunity to explore and learn more about an aspect of our environment that I have been surrounded by my whole life but do not know a lot about: the ocean. I am eager to dive in!

To understand a little more about what the harbor and bay mean to me, I’d like to share a few moments the ocean and I have shared over the years:

-Avalon, NJ: At age 4, washed out to sea 

-Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, MA: At another young age, my sister sticking live sand dollars to my body (against my will)

-Any beach at any age: The same sister picking up dead crabs from the sand and chasing after me with them

-St. John, U.S. Virgin Island: Running into the ocean as an eager fifth grader only to find myself, as I dove underwater, face to face with a stingray 

-Nantucket, MA: Not understanding just how large Nantucket waves are and choosing to stay above water instead of swimming underwater while said waves passed by...it’s safe to say I learned my lesson

-Orleans, MA: At age 17, falling into the water while tubing and losing both my bathing suit and my dignity

In all seriousness, the ocean is my childhood, a dynamic body, and peace of mind. It is such a privilege to intern at an organization committed to saving, celebrating, and protecting it. Looking forward to this journey!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Intern - Kayla Hammersley


My name is Kayla Hammersley and I am the new Policy intern here at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay. Being from Rhode Island means that Del’s is a summer “must have”, that the Big Blue Bug is not only a mascot for a pest control company but for the state itself, that everyone literally knows everyone, and that we always have a wicked good time. Another thing that all Rhode Islanders understand is that the beach is the hottest spot to be on any given day. Being from the Ocean State has influenced myself in many different ways and has furthered my love for all things “beach”.

Oakland Beach RI

I currently educate myself at Lasell College with a major in Environmental Studies supplemented with a minor in Business. Most people say don’t mix business with pleasure but I couldn’t resist myself when I first came onto the Lasell Campus. Not only did I immerse myself in my major but I did so also in the culture of the campus as well. From welcoming freshmen onto campus as a peer mentor/advisor and being the President of Random Acts of Kindness Club, I have dipped my toes into various activities that were offered my way. I even dabbled with Lasell Environmental Action Force (LEAF) club collecting water samples and implementing water bottle filling stations on campus as well as enjoying the great outdoors with the Outdoor Adventure Club.

Now I was excited to start applying what I learned in the classroom to an actual organization, so when I found the internship with Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to work with a group of like minded individuals helping to make a difference and helping protect the ocean we all love. This is also a great opportunity to use the materials taught in my classes and expanding my understanding of how those lessons are applied in organizations. I am so excited to have the opportunity to use the culmination of my studies at school during my last semester to provide support to an organization like Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Intern-- Tanika Tucker

       Hi everybody! Not only am I looking forward to working with all of you, but super pumped for the great sunset pics. Partly kidding, but who isn’t a sucker for a great view?


I could start this off by telling you all my basic information, but I figured why not start off with an embarrassing, but memorable, story about a summer at the beach. I figured we can always laugh at somebody’s embarrassing childhood memories. My love for the ocean, and the beach started at a young age. Luckily, I have family in Virginia, so majority of my summers have been spent at Virginia Beach.

One day, 10/11-year-old me decided that man it would be a great day to feed some seagulls from our balcony. So, I did thinking I was doing a good deed, and well you know that scene from the first Jurassic Park II: The Lost World, where the little girl feeds the baby dinosaurs pieces of her sandwich? That turned out to become a reality for me, as seagulls started to swarm, and the best part was I locked myself out. Still traumatized by the experience, but makes for a great story.

Flash forward to today, I am a Communication/Public Relations intern here, of course I learned my lesson, and no longer fed seagulls. I moved to Boston about three years ago, from Saratoga, NY, and if you talk to anybody from NY we typically don’t tend to leave but I had enough of the horse races, cliff jumping, and just the dullness of NY. I am currently studying at Suffolk University, and will be graduating in the fall of 2018 (yayy). Freshman year I joined a sorority on campus called Theta Phi Alpha, and over the past almost four years my sorority sisters have helped make Boston my home. Plus I needed  change, since I grew up with three older brothers, and am the only girl.




 I first heard about Save the Harbor, Save the Bay when I started working at Community Boating Inc in the spring of 2016.  Besides learning how to sail, learning 17 sailing knots (...impressive I know) CBI has helped me realize my passion for nonprofits, especially those that I feel I can connect with, and are actively involved in my community. Over the past few years, I have been able to get a lot of hands on experience with event planning/event coordinating, as well as more on the marketing, graphic design, and media planning side. My hope is to expand on those skills, as well as use them here as well!
       
 Cheers, and look forward to working with all of you for the next few months!

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Intern Anil Gurcan

My name is Anil Gurcan, and I was born in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Ankara is inland city surrounded by mountains with no body of water.  Coming from an inland city with no access to water I have always been drawn to cities with waterfronts. Growing up I spent my summers in Izmir, a coastal city on the west coast of Turkey, where I learned to appreciate the harbor and having a body of water nearby. It is in Izmir, getting on to ferries to cross the harbor, hanging out in parks with the smell of the sea that I grew to like being near the water. That is why I fell in love with Boston when I first arrived 22 years ago. Being near the water is good but having it clean and accessible is very important. I feel that in Boston we don’t always think about the harbor. While the Charles River is always prominent, Boston Harbor seems to get lost in the sea of buildings in downtown. Even when I went to UMass Boston as an undergraduate, I rarely remember seeing the ocean.
I learned a great deal about cleanup efforts of rivers in various American cities by working in collaboration with Charles River Conservancy (CRC) during the Spring 2017 semester. As a part of a class project, we created a report highlighting six urban river initiatives in the United States. During the process, I also learned about the history of Charles River and how it used to have public beaches in the 1930s. Through the efforts of many organizations like the Charles River Conservancy, the old dirty water is swimmable again and is the cleanest urban river in the United States.
Non-profits like CRC and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay play an important role by being advocates for a clean water and clean environment. By being an intern at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay I would like further my education on being a change agent and make a difference. During our research on urban rivers we found that the advocacy groups and non-profits were key to creating clean up initiatives in the cities we studied. They were critical in moving the government agencies in a direction towards the cleanup efforts.

In the past I worked in an academic setting, in a small business, and in a large corporation, and I can say my experience is a little different than my peers in my program and I can easily adapt to different work environments. In my time at the Tufts Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy Program I’ve learned a great deal research, policy, and analysis. Additional course work on Non-Profit Finance, Philanthropy and Fundraising, and Negotiation and Conflict Resolution prepared me for the type of work that maybe necessary in non-profits. I am eager  to further my education and learn more about non-profits as well as environmental advocacy and hope that working at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay will give me that opportunity. 

New Intern - Jules Stuber

Hey all! My name is Jules Stuber, a new development intern here at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. I am a graduate of the University of Vermont, where I majored in community development and minored in environmental studies. As a surfer, fisherman, and lover of fish tacos, I have a special place in my heart for ensuring the sustainability of our waterways and can’t wait to dive in with this great organization.

Over the recent summer, I worked for a nonprofit called Island Grown Initiative, a food sustainability advocacy and education group located on my hometown of Martha’s Vineyard. While working with IGI, I spearheaded our composting and gleaning programs, and started a shell recycling program. This stint in the nonprofit world cemented my resolve to work within and for communities here in New England.  

Growing up with a fishing crazed father who would strap my twin and me as babies to his waders, and a mom who loved to take us down to catch crabs and periwinkles among the tide pools, I was instilled early on with a healthy respect for the ocean. Thinking back, all of my fondest memories involve the ocean in some way- catching the perfect wave, releasing the first keeper sized striper of the season, or just sitting back and watching the shimmering pink summer sun set over calm water. It is this affinity for the sea that has made me want to ensure its well-being for future generations, and I can’t wait to work together with the save the harbor and their youth programs here in Boston.

While it is only my first day here at Save the Harbor, I am already very excited to start fundraising and doing grant research with Trevor and Chris for the new Feast of the Seven Fishes Project. I can’t wait to become more involved with the organization, and look forward to what my next few months here entail!    

Friday, December 8, 2017

Save the Harbor...in December?

Hey everyone!


I hope you are all having a great fall so far even though some days it feels like winter. Luckily, Christmas and vacation are right around the corner because I can’t wait. I don’t think I have ever written a blog post when it is this cold so this is new for me. I had the pleasure of working at the Atlantic Wharf on Saturday, December 2nd for a their annual Holly-Day on the Harbor. I will admit I was skeptical about having a touch tank inside in the winter but most of the kids loved it. We had Louise the Lobster in the tank and we had a mackerel and a scup on the table for fish printing. This was new for me because I had never done fish prints on anything other than flounder. The scup made some nice prints and the mackerel not so much but it was still fun!
Me fish printing with a butterfly fairy princess 

I think we had the coolest table there because everyone made some kind of face when we told them the fish were real and that they could touch the fish. There was a very interactive and fun band of two men that all of the children loved because they sand so many funny songs. There was a gingerbread house table, an amazing face painter and a free burritos and cookies (the cookies were my favorite). The kids worked with on saturday were younger than I have ever worked with during the summer so the experience was different. The younger the kids the more curious they are and these kids aren't afraid of touching the fish, even though their parents were. Overall, this was such a fun, family friendly event that I think everyone should take advantage of next Christmas season.

Hopefully you hear from me again soon!
- Maeve Fittz

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Letter From Our President

Dear Friend of Save the Harbor,

I am writing to you today because I know you share our love for Boston Harbor, the harbor islands, the beach and the sea.

At Save the Harbor/Save the Bay we've learned from experience just how important it is to connect all Bostonians and the region’s residents to these spectacular urban natural resources, which belong to all of us.

That’s why every year we invest more than 80% of the funds we raise in free public events and environmental education programs that “Share the Harbor” with the region’s kids and families.


In 2017, our free programs engaged and inspired 30,000 young people to explore Boston Harbor and the harbor islands and encouraged more than one million people to experience and enjoy our region’s public beaches.

These programmatic connections are a critical component of our work, but there are other important ways we work to share and connect Boston’s neighborhoods and the region’s residents to Boston Harbor and the waterfront.

Earlier this year Mayor Walsh announced that the City of Boston has begun work on the South Bay Harbor Trail, a project we have championed for more than 10 years. When it is completed, this 3.5 mile-long pedestrian friendly bicycle trail will connect residents from Roxbury, the South End, and Chinatown to the Fort Point Channel and the Seaport District, and connect South Boston with the Greenway, the Emerald Necklace and beyond.

The South Bay Harbor Trail is an important part of our comprehensive efforts to strengthen the physical connections between the city and the sea, including important new investments in transit and water transportation and continued improvements to the harbor walk.

In 2018, with your support, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will continue to advocate for investments that protect the health of the marine environment and strengthen our city’s waterfront neighborhoods and the region’s beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket.

This year we saw a dramatic increase in demand for our free harbor tours and island excursions for underserved kids and families, beginning in the spring with our free Marine Mammal Safaris. On our final fall trip to Georges Island in October we had a waiting list of more than 500 for the Provincetown II, which can carry more than 1,000 passengers.

In 2018, we will launch an important new initiative to “Share the Harbor” with underserved kids and their families. With your support, we will host 10 free harbor cruises and island excursions to dramatically improve access to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands for those can least afford it.

Thanks so much for helping us to transform Boston Harbor from an embarrassment into a source of civic pride and economic, educational and recreational opportunity for all Bostonians and the region’s residents and visitors alike.

I know you support the work we do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor with the more than 1.9 million people who live within a short ride or drive to the sea.

I hope you will take a moment to make a contribution today to support our work.


All the best,
Patricia A. Foley, President
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay


P.S. You can find out more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the important work we do to restore, protect and “Share the Harbor” at our website at www.savetheharbor.org 

You can also join savetheharbor on Facebook, and follow @savetheharbor on Twitter and Instagram.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Congratulations to the Winner of the JetBlue "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt!

On October 31st, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay chose The Armitstead Family of Winthrop as this year's winner of the "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt.

Every year, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay hides blue marbles around the region's public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket and on the Boston Harbor Islands, where they brought over 10,000 kids and families for free over the summer and fall. Those who are lucky enough to find one of these coveted marbles take a photo with it and post it on social media in order to be in the running for two roundtrip JetBlue flights to any domestic location of their choice (Though the fun us unlimited, some restrictions apply!)

Dawne Armitstead found her blue marble with her family during our August trip to Spectacle Island. In addition to marble hunting on the beach, Dawne and the rest of the Armitsteads enjoyed exploring the island, looking for treasure, and hearing a wonderful rendition of Haul Away Joe, the official sea shanty of Save the Harbor, while experiencing unforgettable views of the City of Boston and Boston Harbor.

Grace and Aaron Armitstead found their marbles at Spectacle Island while exploring "Treasure Beach."

"We love the Simply Marble-ous Treasure Hunt," said Ronda Ivy McLeod, Director of Regional Marketing, Northeast at JetBlue Airways. "It's such a unique way for us to get involved with members of the communities around Boston, the beaches, and the Harbor Islands! The ‘Simply Marble-ous’ Treasure Hunt is a favorite among JetBlue’s more than 2,500 crew members in Boston, many of whom volunteer locally for a variety of worthy causes including Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. The treasure hunt exemplifies our fun value, while highlighting our commitment to the city of Boston."

The Armitstead Family of Winthrop has been going on free trips and programs with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for years, and was overjoyed to finally win their first Simply Marble-ous contest. 

When the Armitstead family boarded the Bay State Cruise Company's 'Provincetown II' at the World Trade Center in August, 
they had no idea they would find the winning marble of the Simply Marble-ous Treasure Hunt! 

 "We absolutely love living so close to the harbor and being able to take advantage of all the beaches and islands, and Save the Harbor  provides so many fun opportunities for us to do just that!" said winner Dawne Armitstead. "Our family and friends have created so many memories on the Harbor Islands and look forward to making many, many more. The youth staff is always engaging and fun to be around, and all the staff members-- especially Bruce of Save the Harbor -- are very knowledgeable. We are constantly learning new things about Boston Harbor, and we will enjoy flying over Boston Harbor with our JetBlue tickets!"

"Simply Marble-ous began in 2012 on the beaches of South Boston with a beach cleanup sponsored by JetBlue in partnership with Save the Harbor." Bruce Berman, Director of Communications at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay said, “At Save the Harbor we’re always looking for ways to get people to take a fresh look at the Boston Harbor. One of the reasons this event is such a success is because JetBlue is such a great partner of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and fun is one of their core values, which you can see that in the way they treat their community partners, employees and customers.”

Congratulations again to Dawne Armitstead and her family!  

For those of you who found a marble of your own but didn't win, don't worry! Save the Harbor is already planning next year's Simply Marble-ous Treasure Hunt, which begins on Memorial Day. We can't wait to see you out on the Harbor!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Receives Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council

This summer, the Gulf of Maine Council awarded Save the Harbor/Save the Bay with the Visionary Award for our work in environmental advocacy and innovative scientific research and monitoring programs, and ensuring that the waters of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay and are cleaner and more inviting for people and marine life.



Every year, the council awards the Visionary Award to two individuals or organizations in each of its five jurisdictions to recognize their innovation, creativity, and commitment to protecting natural resources within the Gulf of Maine.


Save the Harbor is proud of be among the groups and individuals who have been recognized by the Gulf of Maine Council for efforts to protect, enhance, and restore the ecosystem of the Gulf of Maine region and to safeguard and improve the well-being of the communities that depend on its resources.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

JetBlue, KaBOOM, and a playground was born.

Trevor (left) and Lanique (right)
assembled parts for the playground 
On Thursday, October 27th, 2017 jetBlue partnered with KaBOOM to give back to the South Boston community. Their contribution took form of a playground for the Curley Community Center. The expected time to build the playground was 5 to 6 hours or sooner with the help from volunteers. Volunteers ranged from many flown-in jetBlue employees to local community members (like our team from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay), which totaled over 200 volunteers.  


In order to create the overall playground, parts of the playground were divided into groups. Divided groups consisted of actions such as assembling playground parts, digging mulch  and turning cement. Of the assembly team, there were sub groups that put together various playground parts (slide, climbing wall, swing set, etc.).

As time passed from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, cement hardened, scattered playground parts and 2 x 4s were put together, and mountains  of mulch disappeared into the playground section. With the help of many volunteers, the Curley Community Center was the proud owner of an outdoor  playground that community members of all ages can enjoy.
Melissa (left), Trevor (middle) and Lanique (right) removes mulch and relocates it to the playground site. 



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Area Companies Serve Our City With Corporate Service Days On The Beach

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is pleased to collaborate with our corporate partners to offer stewardship opportunities including beach cleanups, park maintenance and painting projects that support our program partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, City of Boston, and dozens of non-profit organizations throughout the Boston region.

With groups ranging in size from five volunteers to over 100, Save the Harbor works to identify interesting and purposeful projects that will benefit our environment, our public beaches, our community partners, as well as the individuals who join us to contribute their time and effort to this cause.

This year, we were excited to welcome 80 summer interns from Vertex Pharmaceuticals on June 26th to kick off the summer by getting Carson Beach in South Boston ready for the summer crowds. Volunteers combed through the tall grasses, under the boardwalk, and through the sands, removing over 2 tons of debris over the course of the morning and afternoon.
Vertex interns triumphantly hoist a muffler they pulled out of the grasses at Carson Beach
We bookended the summer on September 20th when we were happy to once again partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield’s annual company-wide service day. 55 employees descended on Carson Beach to remove invasive sumac, weeds and debris from the beach, paint shelters and the doors and trim of the McCormack Bathhouse, and clear sand-filled pathways along the Harbor Walk to improve ADA accessibility to the beaches. They also visited the South Boston Neighborhood House to do a deep cleaning of their preschool classrooms and kitchen and repaint their classrooms - projects that had long been needed, but were unable to be completed by a small non-profit staff running full-time programs. “We had our first Parent/Child Playgroup today,” said Cheryl Itri, Director of Early Education & Care Programs at SBNH. “The parents were so impressed with our nice fresh look, they kept complimenting on the newly painted walls. Thanks again for being a great partner with us.”


Blue cross Blue Shield faced 50 MPH winds to clean up South Boston Parks and Beaches
In an effort to help Save the Harbor improve water quality near Tenean Beach, a team from Boston Properties has undertaken a regular clean up Victory Road Park in Dorchester as part of their LEED-certification for the building at 200 Clarendon. The program will continue in this unofficial dog park with three stewardship days scheduled for 2018 at the start, middle and end of beach season.


As cute as they are, the critical mass of dogs in Victory Park is a problem for water quality.
Our beaches, parks and community centers are important recreational assets for the region’s residents, and effective stewardship requires a partnership between state, city, and local partners, and our friends and volunteer groups, who consistently bring their spirited approach to all park functions, including important clean-up efforts. One stewardship day can remove up to 3 or 4 tons of debris from the beach and is essential to maintaining these resources. The cleanups also provide an excellent opportunity for team building and colleague bonding, and contribute to the health and wellness of the participants. By the end of one day, volunteers had logged approximately 15,000 steps – over 7 miles!

As a part of this ongoing effort, Save the Harbor works to identify new corporate partners to pair with needed projects around our city and region – there is always more work to be done!

For more information on Stewardship with Save the Harbor, please contact Chris Mancini, Vice President of Operations & Programs at mancini@savetheharbor, and at 617-451-2860 x 1009.

Patty Foley Named Henry L. Shattuck City Champion

Each year the Boston Municipal Research Bureau honors city employees for outstanding public service and two dedicated individuals who exemplify integrity, initiative, leadership, and commitment to the public good.

This fall Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's President Patricia Foley was honored to receive the Henry L. Shattuck City Champion Award  for her service to our city its residents. (Save the Harbor also was also honored to receive the Gulf of Maine Council's Visionary Award, which you can read about here: http://blog.savetheharbor.org/2017/11/save-harborsave-bay-receives-visionary.html.)


This year's City Champions Award recipients included Jay Hooley, Chairman and CEO of State Street, and Save the Harbor’s president Patty Foley, who was  honored for her excellence in leadership, her outstanding public service, and her commitment to improving Boston.

Here's the text of Patty's speech, which she delivered on September 19 at the Seaport Hotel.


"Thank you to Bill Kennedy, Keith Motley and the Shattuck Awards Dinner Committee for honoring me and recognizing Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s contributions to our city and all its residents, and Sam Tyler and the Boston Municipal Research Bureau for the work they do to strengthen our capital city.

Thanks as well to Jay Hooley, Henry Vitale, and all the men and women honored here tonight and thanks to all of you in this room for your commitment to our city and its success. There is no question in my mind that Boston is stronger today than ever before, thanks to your individual and institutional commitments.

I’d like to thank retired Chief Justice Albert Kramer of the Quincy District Court for the role he played in pointing me towards a career in public service, and the late great Congressman Joe Moakley and US District Court Judge A. David Mazzone and the men and women of the MWRA and BWSC for their commitment to clean water and our community.

For nearly half a century Boston has been led by mayors who envisioned a world class city with a world class waterfront. Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Planning and Development Agency have a bold vision for Boston’s future. I’d like to thank him and the City Council and the Boston legislative delegation for their support for Boston Harbor.

I’d also like to thank House Speaker Bob DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenberg and the legislative leaders and members of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for their support for our advocacy on behalf of the metropolitan region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket. Thanks to EEA Secretary Matt Beaton and to Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito for their support as well.

My late mother and aunt Patricia Powers Foley and Bridget Powers Holland were two strong and capable women and my earliest role models. My brother Tom, who is here this evening, our brother Michael, sister Lynne and I will always be grateful for their love and guidance.

In my career in politics, government and public service I have been privileged to have worked for leaders like former Secretary of State John Kerry, whom I served in the Lieutenant Governor’s office and the United States Senate.

Early in my career, I was also privileged to work for Paul Grogan, who made me a part of LISC’s leadership team as we worked to transform the community development movement into an industry that has strengthened American cities from coast to coast. Thanks as well for all you do at The Boston Foundation to improve the quality of life for Bostonians from every neighborhood in the city.

I would also like to thank Save the Harbor’s Board of Directors and our Executive Committee for their leadership, guidance and commitment, and our staff, who are passionate and effective in advancing our organization’s mission.

Finally, I would like to thank Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s founding Chair Beth Nicholson, whose vision and dedication have made all that we have accomplished possible. I would also like to thank my partner in crime, our board chair Joe Newman of National Grid, who is smart, strategic and simply the best. I also want to thank my partner in life, my husband Bruce Berman who has helped lead Save the Harbor for 30 years, and loves this city and the sea almost as much as he loves me.

I was born in South Boston, and learned to swim at the Girls L, which is now the BCYF Curley Community Center.

As a young girl, the ocean and the beach were a source of joy to me as they are today as I tackle the challenges that come with my job, which is to restore, protect and share Boston’s extraordinary harbor with Bostonians from every neighborhood and the region’s residents and visitors alike.

Rather than a policy speech or a fundraising pitch, tonight I’d like to close with a short story about the work we do at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

I became president of Save the Harbor in 2000 as Boston Harbor and Mass Bay began to recover from generations of neglect. Since then, Save the Harbor has raised and invested more than ten million dollars to connect our neighborhoods and nearly 200,000 kids to the harbor we have worked so hard to restore and protect.

I am particularly proud of the impact we have had on the more than 200 Boston high school students who have worked for us in our free Youth Environmental Education Programs.

I am proud that so many of them spend two, three or even more summers working for us, and I am glad to keep in touch with them as they find jobs or go off to college.

Each year we invite them to bring their friends and families on our free fall cruises with Bay State Cruise Company. On a recent trip one of our summer staffers from Dorchester took a moment to thank me for inviting him on the cruise, and introduced me to his eight guests.

"I wanted them all to see why I love our harbor so much," he said with pride. "Thanks for teaching me that it belongs to all of us, and helping me share it with them today."

When we were founded in 1986, the thought that Boston’s filthy harbor, our decaying waterfront and neglected beaches would ever be seen as civic assets was a distant dream.

Thanks for sharing our dreams for Boston Harbor, and for helping to make them come true, and for honoring me and the organization that I have been privileged to lead for nearly 20 years."

Learning About Life During The Age of Sail At The International Tall Ships Festival


The International Tall Ships Festival 2017 brought the Fish Pier and the Seaport district to life as tens of thousands of people came from across the region and around the world  to view ships from all over the world. Watching sailors operate the ships and climb up the masts was an enlightening visual into what it would have been like to live during the Age of Sail.




Every morning of the festival, members of our youth staff fish ran free gyotaku fish printing out on the Fish Pier. Hundreds of kids and families not only had the chance to make an amazing, one-of-a-kind piece of art using a real flounder, but also received a unique and memorable lesson about the very unusual life cycle of flatfish. While waiting in line for their turn to make a print, kids were kept entertained by our resident pirate Tony, who told great pirate stories and helped us share our new All Hands on Deck curriculum, which tells the stories of young people and pirates in the Age of Sail.

After a few hours of fish printing and storytelling, we took festival-goers of all ages out on free cruises around the harbor provided by Mass Bay Lines and Bay State Cruises to see the newly arrived ships. On board, the pirate and maritime stories continued, and there were plenty of chances to sing many renditions of Haul Away Joe, the official sea shanty of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, which also serves as a lesson on the benefits of working or 'hauling' together towards a common goal. 

Over the course of the week, Save the Harbor was able to share Boston’s maritime history and Boston Harbor with more than 2,500 kids and their families. Young people from all over the region were able to travel back in time and imagine what life was like during the Age of Sail, and what opportunities would be available to young people like them at that time. In just a few days, the International Tall Ships Festival helped a generation of kids, families and young adults make memories that will last a lifetime.


Youth and Family Programs That Share the Harbor And Free the Harbor


In 2017. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay demonstrated once again that there is an unquenchable demand for free access to the spectacular natural resources we have in Boston Harbor, the Harbor Islands and our public beaches.

Summer JPAs and friends show off their catch at the 2017 Fan Pier Fishing Derby

This year 31,451 youth, teens, and families from 43 communities said yes to free trips, free programs and free education, as we extended our season with free All Access Boston Harbor excursions for the families of the kids we served in the summer. Our unrelenting commitment to bringing Boston's kids and families to our waterfront parks even caught the eye of the Boston Globe, who published an excellent article about the importance of our work and increasing access to the Harbor Islands.

We are proud to say that 2017 has been our best year yet. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay was able to share Boston's maritime history and our extraordinary Harbor with more than 2,500 kids and families during the international Tall Ships Festival, with 750 free tickets on Tall Ships tours in the inner harbor, and dockside programs on the Fish Pier and Charlestown Navy Yard.

In just a few days, the festival helped a generation of young people make memories that will last a lifetime. For many of them, including the 20 teenagers who came to work for us this year, this was a unique opportunity to imagine what it was like for young people like them during the Age of Sail, and some of the opportunities available to them today on the Harbor. Eight of our summer youth staff returned for their 2nd, 3rd and 4th summer with Save the Harbor - and five more former youth program staffed returned as Lead Harbor Explorers or Senior Harbor Educators, taking on more responsibility and leading their own teams of young people.

Summer staff take their first steps int the Lovell's Island tidepools
In addition to our regularly scheduled programming, Save the Harbor’s youth program had the chance to take two exciting staff trips aboard The Belle with Boston Fun Cruises. We took a fishing trip in June during staff orientation, during which all participants had the chance to catch a fish OR a lobster, and discover the treasures hidden beneath the sands on Spectacle Island. Later, in August, our now seasoned staffers took a "day off" to not only enjoy the wonders of the less frequented Lovells Island, but add to their growing experience and knowledge through the exploration of the island's tidepools full of sea stars, fish and crabs. Some of the more adventurous staff members tasted wild limpets right out of the shell, while others searched the inland trails for blueberries and raspberries. It's incredible to see how, even after nearly a full summer spent on the water there is always more that can amaze and astound us.

Inspired by the success and demand on our Tall Ships cruises this past June, we reached out to our partners to "Extend the Summer" so we could open up more free trips to the Harbor Islands aboard Bay State Cruise Company's Provincetown II in August, September and October 2017. In short, we were overwhelmed by the response. In two cases, the reservations exceeded ethe Provincetown II's 1,000 person capacity! 

Record breaking crowds joined our free cruises this year, inspiring us to Share the Harbor in a whole new way in 2018
In response, Save the Harbor is excited to launch our new SHARE THE HARBOR initiative in 2018 to host 10 additional free public excursions for youth and families from the more than 100 community partners, our members and supporters, and the general public.

These free trips will begin with three free Marine Mammal Safaris during Boston Public School spring vacation and conclude with our "Treasures of Spectacle Island" and George's Island trips in the Fall. In between, we will open up two trips per month in June, July and August for families and friends to experience the harbor through cruises and island trips that highlight Harbor History, our historic lighthouses, tell stories of African American, Latino and Asian mariners and seafaring women during the Age of Sail from our new Haul Away Together curriculum unit and to spread the benefits of eating more healthy, sustainably sourced and delicious fish through our new Feast of the Seven Fishes Project.

2017 will be a tough year to beat, but we know that if we All Haul Together, we can get anything done. See you down on the waterfront, out on the beach, and in the Harbor next year!