Thursday, February 20, 2020

Live lobsters, a storytelling pirate, and sea animal Pictionary: What we did for our February Break

From a lobster and crab touch tank to Tony Toledo's pirate stories about Boston Harbor, youth from East Boston YMCA, South Boston Neighborhood House, and the Laboure Youth Tutoring Youth Program joined our Youth Environmental Education Staff at Atlantic Wharf this week to learn about our ocean environment. More than 60 people over two days got to enjoy the Wharf, courtesy of Boston Properties.

Youth from South Boston Neighborhood House gather just before lunch.

Students from East Boston YMCA with our Youth Environmental Education Program Staff and Tony Toledo.

Although February Break means no school, we still had a day full of learning. Each day began with an interactive lesson about the history of Boston Harbor and why it needs to be protected. Youth learned about recycling, how plastic in the ocean hurts wildlife, and what they can do to help.

Then, we split into teams to experience three different stations. Up first was our ocean touch tank, featuring one lobster and two rock crabs. They learned how they swim, how to tell if they are male or female, and many other fun facts about our ocean friends while getting to see them up close and personal.

Kids from East Boston YMCA meeting Lizzie the Lobster. 

We also learned about the history of pirates in Boston Harbor with Tony Toledo, a master storyteller who loves singing and engaging with youth about the Harbor. He also collects all types of coins, which he gave out as pirate's treasure!

Youth from the Ollie and YTY Program practicing their pirate moves.

Last, we used the whiteboard wall in the Wharf to play a giant game of sea animal Pictionary! Kids drew a sea animal out of a hat and had to learn what animal it was and how to draw it. They had so much fun learning about new animals and trying to guess what their friends were drawing.

Our Environmental Programs Intern Matt plays Pictionary with a group from East Boston YMCA.

Thank you to our community partners and Boston Properties for making this February Break so special!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Make a big splash for your beach on March 8th at the 10th Annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash

Last year, more than 200 Splashers raised more than $50,000 to support free beach events and programs from Nahant to Nantasket. Register today at
The 10th Annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's Better Beaches program partnership with the Department of Conservation & Recreation will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. 

In 2019, the program awarded more than $210,000 to 37 organizations in nine waterfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket to support more than 200 events such as free beach festivals, concerts, movie nights and art and circus performances.

"Since the first Splash in 2011, we have raised more than $1 million to support free events and activities on the region’s public beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull," said Save the Harbor’s Executive Director Chris Mancini. "Though it is cold in the water for a few minutes, the warm feeling you get from giving back to your community lasts all year long."

For just $20, participants can enjoy a refreshing Harpoon beer, hot chowder, and the chance to win round-trip flights* from JetBlue at Boston’s best winter beach party, while raising funds to support their favorite beach. You can register today at

"The employee-owners of Harpoon are thrilled to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of this event with our partners at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay," said Harpoon Brewery President Charlie Storey. "I can’t say I look forward to diving into freezing water, but the Shamrock Splash is one of my favorite days of the year."

Participants compete for round trip flights* for biggest fundraiser and best costume from JetBlue, which has sponsored the event since 2011.

"At JetBlue, we are committed to our community and fun is one of our core values," said Donnie Todd, Corporate Social Responsibility Liaison for JetBlue. "More than 4,000 JetBlue crewmembers call Boston home; we cherish our harbor and proudly support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they do on the region's public beaches." 

Make a big splash for your beach on March 8th at the 10th Annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash. Funds raised will support free Better Beaches events from Nahant to Nantasket in 2020. Register today at

So start a team, invite your friends to join, and help Save the Harbor make a big splash on the beach in 2020 by registering online before the event at for $20, or register day-of for $25. Registration includes a beer, warm refreshments, a Harpoon Koozie, and the chance to win round-trip flights* on JetBlue for best costumes and biggest fundraisers.

Save the Harbor’s success would not be possible without our program partners and event sponsors, including Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, Mix 104.1, The Daily Catch, The Blue Sky Collaborative, The Boston Foundation, The Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, P&G Gillette, National Grid, and Comcast.

Save the Harbor also thanks Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Representative RoseLee Vincent and Senator Brendan Crighton, the legislative and community members on the Commission, the Baker-Polito Administration, our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the YMCA of Greater Boston, and the hundreds of people who take part in the Harpoon Shamrock Splash every year for their support.

The Wollaston Kids Fest in Quincy was just one of many events in 2019 that brought joy, excitement, and fun to our public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket. Help us do the same in 2020 at

*Although the fun is unlimited, some restrictions apply. See the event site at for details.

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 great work we do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor and the region’s public beaches, please visit our website at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The 2020 Harpoon Shamrock Splash season begins! What team are you on?

It’s officially Splash season! Thank you to the more than 60 Splashers and supporters who joined us last night at the Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall for our Splash kickoff event. While drinking Harpoon beer and munching on homemade pretzels, we discussed our plans for the 10th annual Splash. From a new social media toolkit for extra fundraising to amazing new beach decorations day-of, we’re cooking up something special this year and can’t wait to see you there!

Part of our enthusiastic crowd of Splashers at the Kickoff Party!

If you still haven’t marked your calendars, the 2020 Splash will be taking place on Sunday, March 8 at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., with the Splash beginning at 11 a.m. sharp. Other activities include a costume contest and awards ceremony, all at Boston’s best winter beach party.

Still haven’t registered? Well, what are you waiting for? You can sign up online for $20 at Your registration includes beer from Harpoon Brewery, chowder from The Daily Catch, and other refreshments on the beach. We’ve also got incentives during Splash season and at the party itself for our fundraising champions out there.

(Left to Right) Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chair - Representative RoseLee Vincent, Save the Harbor Executive Director - Chris Mancini, Metropolitan Beaches Commissioner - Barbara Bishop, From Friends of Winthrop Beach - Lauren Mazzuchelli, and Revere City Councillor - Ricky Serino.
A big thank you goes to our event partners, Harpoon Brewery, for hosting the kickoff and for everything else they do to make Splash season a success. We also want to thank our Splash and Better Beaches event and program partners JetBlue, National Grid, Comcast, Mix 104.1, The Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, P&G Gillette, Comcast, Beacon Capital Partners, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the YMCA of Greater Boston, The Blue Sky Collaborative, The Daily Catch Seaport, New England Picture, Keezer Sportswear, The Harvey Traveler Collection, Unreal Candy, and Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Events and Programs Assistant - Hannah Bernstein


My name is Hannah Bernstein and I am joining the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay team as an Events and Programs Assistant. I’m excited to be involved in such a great organization working on important issues!
Hannah canoeing in the Boundary Waters, a wilderness reserve in northern Minnesota.
I’m a senior at Northeastern University, where I’m studying journalism and environmental science. Although that may sound like an unusual combination, it actually just means that I’ve been studying the way we communicate and educate others about science. I’m really passionate about nonprofit environmental work and finding new strategies to increase impact through communication, event planning, community outreach and more. 
I’m originally from Minnesota, but unfortunately, my four years in Boston have really toned down my Midwestern accent. Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, and we’re very far from the ocean, so moving to Boston was an eye-opening experience for me (and the first time I ever swam in the Atlantic!) I like spending as much time as possible outdoors and I’ve enjoyed exploring the harbor and beaches since moving here. I love Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s mission to keep our natural ecosystems healthy and break down barriers to access for everyone in Boston and beyond. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience our natural areas and I’m so excited to join an organization dedicated to that mission.