As Save the Harbor celebrates our 30th Anniversary this year, our free Youth Environmental Education Programs will connect 30,000 underserved and low-income youth and teens to Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, and the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.
This summer, Save the Harbor will run 30 free All Access Boston Harbor trips to Spectacle and Georges Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park, with activities such as fishing, clamming, swimming, healthy outdoor activities, beach walks, storytelling and Arts on the Shore.
We will also offer our Boston Harbor Explorers program at 30 Better Beaches Program events on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket and at 8 program sites during the summer of 2016. Program sites will include Courageous Sailing in Charlestown, Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston, Community Boating on the Charles River, Camp Harbor View on Long Island, Black’s Creek in Quincy, the Boston Children’s Museum on the Fort Point Channel, the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in South Boston and our newest program site at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Carson Beach in South Boston, which we helped transform into the cleanest urban beach in the nation.
We will also transform our pilot Boston Harbor Explorers program at Carson Beach into a permanent anchor site, serving youth and teens from South Boston and all of Boston’s neighborhoods and from the youth development and community groups that take part in our All Access Boston Harbor excursions.
The Boston Harbor Explorers program at DCR’s Carson Beach will offer 5,000 youth and teens an opportunity to engage in an environmental education curriculum with environmental exploration, healthy outdoor activities and other youth enrichment opportunities that include free swimming, SUP and kayaking lessons, fishing and clamming, storytelling, archaeology and Arts on the Shore on the nation’s cleanest urban beach.
This year, we will also employ a fantastic youth program staff of 36, which will include 10 lead staff and senior harbor educators, 5 college assistants and interns, and 21 inner city high school students who will serve as Junior Program Assistants, to help run our free Youth Environmental Education Programs.
Save the Harbor is also excited to announce that we will once again be working with educator and storyteller Norah Dooley to lead storytelling workshops with our staff and perform at youth and beach events. We will also bring back noted beach artist Andres Amador to run public sand raking workshops and teach our staff to create dramatic public art on the region’s public beaches.
We are looking forward to the start of our summer programs and know you are too – we hope to see you out on the harbor, beaches and islands for storytelling, Art in the Sand, marine exploration, healthy outdoor activities, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and more!
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