Friday, July 12, 2013

All Aboard All Access!

Hey there, Bridget here!  I am a rising senior at Hamilton Wenham Regional High School and back for my second summer at Save the Harbor / Save the Bay.  This year part of my job will be focused on one of my favorite aspects of our summer program, All Access Boston Harbor.  Every morning I join the All Access staff to welcome the groups, and every thursday I am lucky enough to go out on an All Access trip.

Over 200 kids from Idiil Learning Center excited for their day on the Harbor

Save the Harbor’s free All Access Boston Harbor program is extremely unique and important in that it allows children the opportunity to explore and learn about the harbor, a chance that might not otherwise be presented to them.  Each of the different groups is shown how much fun the Harbor can offer everyone and how important it is to the Boston community.  Every outing offers kids amazing educational and fun experiences that improve their perception of Boston Harbor.

Kickball is only one of the many fun things to do at George’s Island
The day begins with every group meeting at Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion to get ready for their fun and exciting day of exploration.  Then the entire group makes its way to the Provincetown II for a scenic boat ride to one of two harbor islands.  All of the groups will either spend their day at Spectacle Island or George’s Island.  On George’s Island, kids are presented with the opportunity to explore the historic Fort Warren and explore the shore, looking for sea creatures.  Spectacle Island allows the children to hike and explore the islands beautiful landscape, spend the day playing in the water and on the beach, fly kites, and even search for artifacts and sea glass on Treasure Beach.  

Some treasures found at Spectacle Island

By the end of the day all of the kids have learned so much about the harbor and many can’t wait to spend another day exploring it.  Last year, Save the Harbor was able to bring over 6,000 kids out on the harbor with these amazing excursions! I’m looking forward to another successful year.

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