Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Wrapping up September with a Spectacle Island Trip

Sunday's weather had passengers feeling like it was summer again as they hopped on board the Bay State Cruise Company's Provincetown II for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's cruise out to Spectacle Island. With nearly 650 members of the public attending, guests arrived at the dock ready to swim, fish, hunt for beach treasures, and hike around the drumlins in Boston's National and State Park.

Once underway, Harbor Historian David Coffin welcomed everyone to Boston Harbor, and filled the short trip out to Spectacle with the story of the Boston Harbor Cleanup. He pointed out different islands as we were passing, and spoke of the importance of the sewage treatment plant on Deer Island. He painted a picture of the transformation of the body of water that once was referred to as a "Harbor of Shame" to the beautiful blue-green waves that we were cruising through. David makes it a point to go swimming every day that he is out on Spectacle Island, and on this particular day he had some company taking a dip at the swimming beach.

Several members of the summer youth staff returned to share their expertise with the Harbor's marine life and Save the Harbor's Youth Environmental Education Curriculum. They engaged with children and adults alike to for fishing and crabbing on the pier. Hundreds of participants spent time learning how to fish, learning about the dozens of crabs they caught, and hearing more about the mission of Save the Harbor. 

On the beach, people were searching for the Treasures of Spectacle Island including ceramics and sea glass with staff and volunteers. They kicked off their search with an introduction to the treasures that they might find with rangers from the National Park Service, and then spent hours combing the beach in search of these items. 

Up on the drumlins, folks were flying kites and exploring the island with the Boston skyline in the distance. There are several miles of trails to explore, so visitors looking to get in a little exercise while on island got their fix, complete with information boards with more about the history and species found on and around Spectacle Island.

On the boat ride home, there were many smiles, laughs, and chatter about the afternoon on Spectacle. We truly could not have asked for a better day to cruise out to the Boston Harbor Islands. 

To stay up-to-date on the work we do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor visit www.savetheharbor.org and like or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Save the Harbor's free Share the Harbor Cruises are made possible with Leadership Grants from Cronin Development, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Bay State Cruise Company.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Leadership Grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Exelon Generation, and John Hancock Financial Services.

Save the Harbor is also grateful for Partnership Grants from the Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Properties – Atlantic Wharf, Boston Properties—200 Clarendon, The Daily Catch Seaport, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Engie, Fan Pier - The Fallon Company, Highland Street Foundation, Hood Business Park, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, IR+M Charitable Fund, The Llewellyn Foundation, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P & G Gillette, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, William E. Schrafft & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust, and Vertex.

Save the Harbor also appreciates Stewardship Grants from the Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture, Comcast, Copeland Family Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Dorr Charitable Foundation, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, The Kershaw Foundation – Cheers for Children, George Lewis - Haven Trust, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, MarineMax Russo, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, Pabis Foundation, REI, RMR Real Estate Services, Rockland Trust Pavilion, Skanska, Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, and Tishman Speyer.

Save the Harbor would also like to thank our Program Funders Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, MA Attorney General’s Office Healthy Summer and Youths Jobs Program, The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Andrew Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Cell Signaling Technology, Diversified Automotive, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, Mass Bay Credit Union, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, UDR, and Kyle & Sara Warwick.

Save the Harbor would also like to extend our gratitude to our Supporters 3A Marine Service, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Cresset Group, Massachusetts Marine Educational Trust, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg.

Special thanks as well to the hundreds of individual donors for their support 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.

To stay up-to-date on the work we do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor visit www.savetheharbor.org and like or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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