My name is MaryKate Hart and I am excited to say that this is my second summer working for Save The Harbor. This coming fall, I am attending Elon University in North Carolina, where I plan to study environmental science, political science, or journalism (I’m very indecisive:). I graduated from The Winsor School this past spring, where I was involved with student government, equity boards, environmental justice clubs, and basketball and softball. Throughout high school, I was constantly busy with schoolwork and extracurriculars, so I’m used to a packed schedule; I’m excited to see what interests me in the following years as I move on to the next stage of my life.
Growing up, I followed my dad to beach cleanups in South Boston and environmental meetings, which led me to seek a job through Save The Harbor last year. Last year was one of the best summers; everyday I was learning new things, meeting new people, and trying something I never had before. I finished last summer with a completely new understanding of the harbor, environmental issues/justice, and with friends that will last a lifetime. I plan to come out of this summer with the same takeaways as last. Secondly, I’m thrilled to be placed in the All Access group. The only thing I would have changed last year was being out on the harbor islands more often, and that's exactly what I get to do this year. This week, we went to Spectacle and Georges Island, and I had a blast fishing, walking around the island, and exploring with visitors. Before working for Save The Harbor, I didn’t take advantage of the oceans surrounding us, and being on the harbor everyday makes me fully soak in all it has to offer.
My favorite piece of information that I learned about the history of the Boston Harbor and clean up is definitely the process of building Spectacle Island. Every time I hear the story, it amazes me more and more each time, especially the political processes in order to complete the big dig and clean up the harbor in general. Environmental justice was not common in politics then, so I love to hear stories from David or my dad to hear about it.
On our fishing trip last week with Charlie, I learned how to clear lobster traps. I had been on previous fishing trips before, but I had never learned how to work with lobster traps. My grandfather was a fisherman, so I had a pretty good idea. I learned to find the traps by their markers, reel them up, check, refill bait, and send them back down. My favorite part of that day was finding out that Charlie worked with my grandfather and his brothers years back on the harbor.
Lastly, my favorite part about orientation was seeing the returners from last year, meeting some new employees, and getting back on the water.
Here are some pictures of my week: