Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Save the Harbor will host 6 free trips to Spectacle Island for kids and families in August

Discover The Islands & Explore the Beach With Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Save the Harbor will host 6 free trips to Spectacle Island for kids and families in August.

Beat the heat and discover your park on one of Save the Harbor’s
6 free trips to Spectacle Island this August.

This summer has been a record breaker, with temperatures soaring into the 90s beginning on Memorial Day. Greater Boston’s youth development and community groups looking for creative ways to keep cool have turned to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s free youth environmental education programs for relief in record numbers.

To help the region’s families beat the heat and explore and enjoy the Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park, Save the Harbor is opening up space on 6 free All Access Boston Harbor trips to Spectacle Island for kids and families this August.

These free island adventures will take place on August 16, 17, and 18, and again on August 23, 24, and 25 aboard Bay State Cruise Company’s Provincetown II, which boards at 10:15 for a 10:30 departure from the World Trade Center dock and returns at 3:00. (Reservations are required. Please see below for details.)

“With a wonderful island park and some of the cleanest urban beaches in the nation, Boston Harbor is a spectacular urban natural resource for the region’s kids and families,” said Patty Foley, President of the Boston based harbor advocacy organization, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. “Sharing them with the public with free events and programs is at the heart of our mission and a key to our policy success.”

Save the Harbor runs free youth and beach programs that will connect 30,000 youth and teens from scores of area youth development and community organizations to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Island State and National Park this summer. They also provide free programs at 8 sites on Boston Harbor and at 70 free Better Beaches Program events on the region’s public beaches with the support of DCR.

Save the Harbor’s All Access Boston Harbor program offers free trips to the Boston Harbor Islands for youth development and community groups three days each week during July and August aboard Bay State Cruise Company’s flagship Provincetown II, which can easily accommodate 500 passengers. If you would like to arrange a trip for your group, please email

Their Boston Harbor Explorers @ DCR’s Carson Beach offers youth development and community groups free environmental exploration, youth enrichment and healthy outdoor activities including aquatics, fishing and clamming, kayak and paddleboard lessons, Arts on the Shore and Storytelling by the Sea at the McCormack Bathhouse at DCR’s Carson Beach in South Boston. If you would like to arrange a field trip for your group to the cleanest urban beach in the nation, visit

To reserve space for your free trip to Spectacle Island, please send your name, contact number, the day you plan to join us and the number of spaces you would like to reserve to . You will receive an email confirming your reservations. Please note that a parent or adult guardian must accompany all youth and teens.

Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Distrigas/ENGIE.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, The Clowes Fund, Comcast, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Fan Pier - The Fallon Company, John Hancock Financial Services Inc., Kershaw Foundation - Cheers for Children, Mass Environmental Trust, Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Port Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, P&G Gillette, William E. & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, Vertex, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, The Yawkey Foundation.

Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, BOMA, Boston Properties - Atlantic Wharf, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Clipper Ship, Foundation, Inc., The Daily Catch Seaport, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Emera Inc., Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Thomas & Lucinda Foley, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, National Grid Foundation, The Reebok Foundation, RMR Real Estate Services, Lawrence J. & Anne Rubenstein Foundation, Skanska, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Spectra Energy, Tishman Speyer.

Save the Harbor would also like to thank our supporters 3A Marine Service, AP Staffing, Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Andrew J. Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Circle Furniture, The Fuller Foundation, Inc., Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, Sherry & Alan Leventhal Family Foundation, George Lewis - Haven Trust, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Mass Bay Credit Union, National Park Service, Nicholson Foundation, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, Red Sox Foundation, Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, Storm Duds, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, TD Bank Charitable Foundation, UDR, Kyle & Sara Warwick, Matthew Whitlock & Penny & Neal.

Special thanks to the hundreds of individual donors and to our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the YMCA of Greater Boston for their support.

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay visit or follow savetheharbor on Facebook and Twitter.

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