Friday, December 8, 2017

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

For more information about the organization, visit our website at

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.

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 

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, 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:

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!

Another Spectacular Summer Of Free Programs On Your Beach

Since 2008, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches Program has shared Boston Harbor, the harbor islands, and our region’s public beaches with the region’s underserved youth, teens and families who pay their share of the $5 billion cost of the Boston Harbor cleanup, but often don’t have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular natural resources right outside their doors. Every year, the Better Beaches Program funds free events like concerts, beach festivals and more on our region’s public beaches that are free to the public and fun for everyone.

In June, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay awarded more than $55,000 in Better Beaches Program small grants and additional organizational support to 27 organizations in 9 beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods. These groups in turn leveraged our funds with $434,492 in cash and in-kind support from local government and businesses and more than 9000 volunteer hours to support 93 free concerts, fitness boot camps, beach festivals, sand raking demonstrations, sand sculpting competitions, and circus performances on our region’s public beaches.

Over the past 8 years, our community partners in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull have leveraged $683,956 in small grants received from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay with $2,352,557 in cash and in-kind contributions from local government and small businesses for a total investment of $3,036,513 in 484 free events and programs for the region's residents and visitors alike.

Funds for the 2017 Better Beaches Program were raised entirely at Save the Harbor's annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash-- an event where brave beachlovers plunged into the chilly water at the BCYF Curley Community Center on March 5th to raise money for these important free events and programs in their community.

From the International Sand Sculpting Festival in Revere to the Harbor Illumination Festival in Hull and everything in between, these free events and programs were the highlight of the summer. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s summer staff of Boston area teens helped staff 23 of these events, providing kids and families with the opportunity to make fish prints and hear stories from the Save the Harbor pirates.

These events and programs provide unique opportunities for the public to enjoy the region's fantastic beaches and harbor. Thanks to all of our grant recipients for their hard work in making this one of the best summers yet. You can read more about the Better Beaches Program grants here.

Thanks to our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation and our foundation funding partners, The Boston Foundation, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, and the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust for their support.

Thanks as well to Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Senator Tom McGee and Representative RoseLee Vincent and the legislative and community members of the Commission for all they do for our beaches. 

Thanks as well to corporate sponsors Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, P&G Gillette, National Grid, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Airbrush Unlimited, Inc., Comcast, Google and the hundreds of individual participants and donors to the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, and a special thanks to Syam Buradagunta and the Blue Sky Collaborative, whose fundraising platform has helped make the Better Beaches Program a success since its inception in 2008.

To learn more about the Better Beaches Program visit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s blog, Sea, Sand & Sky at, or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The South Bay Harbor Trail Will Connect the City To The Sea

This fall Mayor Walsh announced that construction will begin next year on the long awaited South Bay Harbor Trail, a 3.5 mile long pedestrian friendly bike trail that will connect South Boston, Roxbury, and the South End to the waterfront, and South Boston and Fort Point to the Emerald Necklace and beyond.

When it is finished, the South Bay Harbor Trail will serve as a critical new connection between home and jobs, public transportation, cultural institutions, and the harbor. The construction of the trail will include a replacement of the bike trail along the Melnea Cass Boulevard, which has fallen into disrepair.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has advocated for the Harbor Trail since it was conceived in 2001, 
raising more than $1 million in cash and in-kind engineering work for the planning and design of the project.

Patty Foley, our president, firmly believes that the path will be a great opportunity for Boston and its residents, despite its late start, stating that “it will play a very important role in both connecting people to the harbor and alleviating some of the transportation challenges that face the Seaport and other Boston neighborhoods as well”. 

The construction of the Harbor Trail will be completed in stages, with the first phase is set to begin in the Spring of 2018. This first phase will be built underneath the Southeast Expressway to connect Albany Street to the Harborwalk. As longtime advocates of the South Bay Harbor Trail, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is extremely excited for the benefits this important development will bring to the region. 

To learn more about the South Bay Harbor Trail, read this recent piece in the Boston Globe.