Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April Break with Boston Harbor Explorers at Atlantic Wharf Part 1

On Wednesday, April 18, Atlantic Wharf and Boston Properties hosted Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's Boston Harbor Explorers' program for April Vacation Week Programming. Save the Harbor staff, interns, and junior program assistants were joined by 17 kids from Dorchester YMCA for a morning of sea chanteys, art projects, fishing and of course an up-close encounter with Scooter the Lobster at the touch tank!

YMCA Dorchester kids enjoying a beautiful, sunny day fishing on the harbor
The kids broke off into groups to learn more about the harborside, and each group took turns at different Boston Harbor- themed stations. The first station was fish printing, where the Dorchester YMCA kids channeled their inner artist by making Gyotaku fish prints with scup and mackerel.

Kids had the chance to touch Fiona the Rock Crab at one of the stations

At the touch tank, kids had a chance to meet Scooter the Lobster and Fiona the Rock Crab. They were fascinated to learn about exoskeletons and how to determine if a lobster is a female or a male. The kids also learned about crustaceans’ diets and their role in Boston Harbor’s ecosystem. 

Next the groups had the opportunity to color different types of marine life like lobsters and flounder. They taped their creations to a fishing net hung on the wall, making a beautiful mural for everyone to enjoy.

The kids had a blast at the last station, learning how to fish and set crab traps in the harbor. By the end of the morning, the groups were baiting, casting, and reeling like professional fishermen!

Everyone enjoyed learning the famous "Haul Away Joe" sea chantey.
After the stations, everyone gathered to learn and sing the official Save the Harbor sea chantey, "Haul Away Joe", a reminder that that when we all pull in the same direction we can get almost anything done, whether it’s raising the sail of a tall ship or cleaning up Boston Harbor.

A great photo to commemorate a day of learning and having fun!
And of course the day wouldn't be complete without the delicious lunch from Boloco, courtesy of Atlantic Wharf!

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is grateful for our amazing partners at Atlantic Wharf for continuing our great tradition of excellent vacation and summer programming at their outstanding location on the Fort Point Channel.

Thanks also to James Hook & Co. for lending us Scooter and Fiona for the morning!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

First Day: Who am I?

I am Eric. I am a 9th grader at the John D. O'Bryant School. I love to explore and learn about the outside world. I also love to keep children interested in learning and exploring new things. Especially about the world we live in because if we learn about our world, then we will know how to keep it safe and not wasteful. I am here this week to learn about what Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is all about. I am also here to learn about what I can do to help the community learn and have fun in the harbors and beaches. Having fun at your surroundings is the best thing that can happen to you. I am looking forward to learning about how I can help and provide to the community with a clean harbor, bay, and ocean life. I also plan on learning how Save the Harbor/Save the Bay can change the lives of children and make them enthusiastic in learning and protecting Boston's Harbors.

Eric Colon-Rivera

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Save the Harbor Seeks Applicants for the 2018 Better Beaches Grant Program

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are now seeking proposals from organizations in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull to be considered for our Better Beaches Program grants. The grant program will support free beach events and activities at the region’s public beaches this year.
2017 International Sand Sculpting Festival hosted by the Revere Beach Partnership

In 2017, our Better Beaches Program made matching grants to 27 organizations in nine beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods from Nahant to Nantasket. In turn, these groups leveraged the funds to support 93 free events and programs that brought over one million people to the region’s public beaches in 2017. 

This year, funds to support the program include the proceeds of the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, which was held on Sunday, March 11th at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. Additional funds for the program have been supplied by the Commonwealth, with the support of the Massachusetts Legislature, the Baker-Polito Administration, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

2018 Harpoon Shamrock Splash

As a result, this year we will be granting nearly $250,000 to support free beach events and programs in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. 

“The Better Beaches Program events have one thing in common,” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s President Patty Foley. “They bring people together to strengthen their communities and enjoy our region’s most stunning natural resources, the 19 miles of DCR’s public swimming beaches that connect us to each other and to Boston Harbor, Mass Bay and Broad Sound.”
Boston Circus Guild at the 2017 Dorchester Beach Festival

Better Beaches Program Grants range from $500-$5,000, with a typical grant of $3,500, though in some cases we may consider larger grants.  In the past we have supported events that are as diverse as the beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods that host them. These include concert series, sand-sculpting competitions, bicycle rides, campfires, fitness boot camps, Art on the Shore, Storytelling by the Sea, neighborhood beach parties, movie nights on the beach, circus performances on the sand, youth programs and much more.

To apply for a grant or ask any questions about the Better Beaches Program,  please contact our Director of Partnerships and Advocacy Andrea Patton by phone, at 617-451-2860 ext.1006, or email at Applications are due by Monday May 14, 2018 after which our Better Beaches Grants Committee will review the proposals, and notify applicants by Friday, May 25. They will present the checks at their annual Better Beaches Award Reception, which all grant recipients are expected to attend, on Saturday, June 9th at Boston’s Fish Pier. 

Information about the events and programs that were supported last year, can be found in our 2017 Better Beaches Program Report, which is available at

We like to thank our program and policy partners and event sponsors The Department of Conservation & Recreation, Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, The Boston Foundation, the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, P&G Gillette, National Grid, Comcast, Beacon Capital Partners, New England Picture, Mix 104.1, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, The YMCA of Greater Boston, The Daily Catch Seaport, Baja Taco Truck, and Blue Sky Collaborative for their support.

We would also like to thank Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Representative RoseLee Vincent and Senator Brendan Creighton, the legislative and community members of the Commission, the Baker-Polito Administration, our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the hundreds of people who took part in the Harpoon Shamrock Splash for making this great program possible.”

Boston Harbor Heroes Honored at the 2018 Destination Boston Harbor Gala

On Thursday, March 29, 400 corporate and civic leaders, elected officials, and community partners gathered at the Seaport Hotel to celebrate and honor this year's Boston Harbor Heroes at the annual Destination Boston Harbor gala.

(Back row left to right): Jeffrey Bellows, Dusty Rhodes, Dan Sieger, David Giangrande, Oscar Mertz,
Jim Jensen, Michael J. Hornbrook, Ann McQueen, Joe Newman, Bruce Berman
(Middle row left to right): Maxwilliams Iwuala, Christina Lanzl
(Front row left to right): Patty Foley, Beverly Wing, Marion Pressley, Kristen McCormack, Michael Tyrrell

Each year, Save the Harbor recognizes men and women as Boston Harbor Heroes for their commitment to STH's mission, the community, and the harbor. Save the Harbor's Board Chair and National Grid’s Vice President of Government Affairs for Massachusetts, Joseph Newman, thanked the guests and introduced this year’s heroes.  

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize EEA Secretary Matthew A. Beaton as a Boston Harbor Hero for his leadership and continued commitment to clean water in the Commonwealth, and to thank the Baker/Polito Administration for their support for the Boston Harbor region’s great public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Jeff Bellows as a Boston Harbor Hero for understanding the importance of Boston Harbor, the harbor islands and our public beaches to the health of our communities and our young people.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Kristen McCormack for her work to create the next generation of environmental stewards and non-profit leaders.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Maxwilliams Iwuala for the important role he has played in strengthening our Youth Environmental Education Programs and serving as a role model and mentor to the teens we employ.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Jim Jensen for his pioneering work to make Boston Harbor a destination and for making the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion a welcoming home for our All Access Boston Harbor Program.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize the extraordinary Dusty Rhodes for her passion, vision and tireless efforts to connect both residents and visitor to Boston Harbor and our extraordinary maritime history.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Michael Tyrrell and the founders of the South Bay Harbor Trail Coalition for their vision, tenacity and commitment to connecting Boston’s neighborhoods to Boston Harbor and each other.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is proud to recognize Beverly Wing for commitment to our community, and for her help in connecting young people to all Boston Harbor has to offer.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay proudly honors the memory of our friend Bill Pressley for his friendship and support, and for his vision of a city that is truly connected to the sea.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay proudly honors the memory of Howard Elkus FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP, Founding Principal, Elkus Manfredi Architects for his lifelong commitment to architectural excellence and iconic design that has helped make Boston’s waterfront a great place to live, work and play.

In addition to the ten Boston Harbor Heroes, Save the Habor also recognized the MWRA's Chief Operating Officer, Michael J. Hornbrook, for his outstanding service to the MWRA and our community.

You can find a complete list of the 2018 Destination Boston Harbor Donors and Sponsors here:

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

As 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/Save the Bay's mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do, please visit their website at, their blog "Sea, Sand & Sky" at, or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Free Marine Mammal Safaris During April Vacation Week!

Looking for free, fun things to do with your friends, family, kids or group during vacation week?

Marine Mammal Safaris are back!

On Saturday April 21, 2018, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and Massachusetts Bay Lines will host 3 free Marine Mammal Safaris to search for seals and porpoises and share songs and stories of Boston Harbor and the sea. These free trips are open to the public. We welcome school and community groups, youth organizations, friends, families, and children over the age of 5 under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

The 1st trip boards at 9:30am, departs at 10:00am, and returns by 11:30am

The 2nd trip boards at 11:45am, departs at 12:00pm, and returns by 1:30pm

The 3rd trip boards at 1:45pm, departs at 2:00pm, and returns by 3:30pm.

Please note that we have plenty of space on our first cruise, departing at 9:30 AM, and are currently waitlisting for the 2nd and 3rd cruises.

All three trips depart from and return to the Massachusetts Bay Lines dock at Rowes Wharf (behind the Boston Harbor Hotel). You can find directions at

These cruises are free but space is limited, so reservations are required. To reserve your spot please fill out this RSVP form. We suggest you wear warm clothing, and bring a camera or binoculars. Snacks and beverages may be purchased aboard the boat, but you are also welcome to bring your own brown bag lunch.

A very special thank you to our Youth and Family Program Funders and Massachusetts Bay Lines for their generous support of this event!

All of us at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay are looking forward to seeing you on the harbor, the shore, the beach and the islands this year!

To learn more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work we do to restore and protect Boston Harbor and connect the region's residents and our communities to Boston Harbor, the islands and our region's public beaches, visit our website at and follow savetheharbor on Facebook.