Friday, July 11, 2014

All Access Week One: Off to a Great Start!

As the first full week of the 2014 summer youth program comes to an end, I am looking forward to all that is still to come in the next seven weeks!  This week I was able to participate in the All Access Boston Harbor trips on Tuesday and Thursday, and I had a really great time.  It was amazing to see all of this spring’s hard work and preparation come together to produce a great program.  Groups from Dorchester, Lynn, Saugus, Roxbury, Roslindale, East Boston, South Boston, Winthrop, Brookline, and Charlestown joined us on three different trips to Spectacle Island this week.  The weather was hot and sunny, perfect for fishing, playing kickball, and taking a swim at the beach—which is exactly what I did on Tuesday and Thursday!

Playing kickball on Spectacle Island

On the first morning of the program, I asked a group of kids from the South Boston Boys & Girls Club if they were excited to get out on the harbor, and one boy replied, “what’s the harbor?”—this exchange proved to me once again how important it is that we bring children from Boston’s neighborhoods and surrounding towns to experience the harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands firsthand.  The enthusiasm with which so many children participated in fishing, crabbing, and kickball this week was a great reassurance that All Access Boston Harbor is doing exactly what we hope it does—getting kids to explore and enjoy the marine environment, and to learn and experience new things outdoors and on Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands.

Releasing a lobster back into the water

Next week All Access will be heading to Georges Island with many groups from a new array of neighborhoods, introducing more children to the harbor and the history of the islands. 

See you on the harbor,


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