Environment/Nature

Talbot Norfolk Triangle (TNT) Neighbors United

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

617-929-0925

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

TNT Neighbors United meets the 4th Tuesday of every month (except December) at 6:45 pm at The Boston Project’s home (15 Elmhurst Street).

Mission: 
Talbot Norfolk Triangle (TNT) Neighbors United are residents (homeowners and renters) and local businesses working together to make our neighborhood a caring and thriving community for all through neighborhood actions and leadership development! We host monthly meetings bringing neighbors together along with the Boston Police, our elected officials, and local non-profits to discuss and take action on issues impacting our quality of life.

Location

15 Elmhurst Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

The Boston Project Ministries, Codman Sqaure NDC, Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition, and Codman Square Health Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Free Summer Children’s programming at Elmhurst Park, Monday Family Fun Nights at Elmhurst Park (summer only), Monthly Parent Dessert gatherings, Environmental youth employment.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/22/2010

Boston Natural Areas Network

Phone: 

617-542-7696

Email: 

info@bostonnatural.org

Mission: 

Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), organized in 1977, works to preserve, expand and improve urban open space through community organizing, acquisition, ownership, programming, development and management of special kinds of urban land.

Location

62 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110-1016
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

You can join, volunteer or donate to BNAN Here

Key Programs Offered: 

The Greenways to Boston Harbor program - Working with the community and public officials to create and maintain the Neposet River and East Boston Greenways. Thie project facilitates the development of a voluntary neighborhood strategy for preserving the scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources while encouraging compatible economic development and land use.

Master Urban Gardener Program - The MUG program is an intensive 8-session "Master Gardener-model" program for people who want to increase their community garden knowledge, meet other community gardeners and provide volunteer service to community gardens.

Youth Conservation Corps - The YCC will have served over 500 girls and boys ranging in age from 15-17. Teams will work along the Neponset River Greenway, the East Boston Greenway and in Boston’s Urban Wilds. The teens learn teamwork and job skills while engaged in environmental improvement projects involving environmental restoration, trail building, landscaping and more.

Boston Gardeners' Council - The BGC meets regularly to organize and promote sustainable urban gardening efforts and community gardening. We believe that gardens are as integral to Boston as its parks and playgrounds, and that they are to be included in city planning and are to receive regular municipal support and services. We want every neighborhood to have access to gardens, where all diverse residents can enjoy the benefits of healthy food, recreation and community beautification, with neighbors working together for their common interest.

Created: 
11/09/2010

Friends of Ronan Park

Email: 

info@friendsofronanpark.org

Mission: 

In 2001, the Friends of Ronan Park (FoRP) was established under the premise that a park has the distinct ability to transform and rejuvenate a community, and should thus be nurtured and protected by everyone. Urban parks are particularly vital as they are the heart of so much daily activity for children and families. Conversely, if they are neglected, parks become a cancer that attacks the heart and spirit of a neighborhood. One of the goals of FoRP is to encourage usage of the park in constructive, creative and fun ways as well as build towards leaving a more permanent legacy that speaks directly to all who visit and use the park. Since the inception of FoRP, Ronan Park has witnessed success through events such as Shakespeare in the Park, park clean-ups, National Night Out, the annual Multicultural Festival, and more. A recent influx of new homeowners in the community surrounding Ronan Park has sparked an increased interest in revitalizing the park

Location

230 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA
United States

Dorchester Park Association (DPA)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Dorchester Park Association
P.O. Box 240081
Dorchester, MA 02124

Mission: 

Dorchester Park in Dorchester, Massachusetts was established in 1891. Having changed size over subsequent years, it remains a beautiful part of the community. Please take the opportunity to explore our website; you'll learn a lot about Dorchester Park's history and future. You'll also discover a variety of events held for the community throughout the year.
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In recent years, dwindling resources have prevented Boston Parks and Recreation from taking a proactive role in maintaining Dorchester Park. The Park Association has done what it could to fill the gaps. However, experience has shown us that volunteers and free public resources are inadequate to the task.

To assess the scope of the Park's problems, the DPA obtained preliminary reports from two landscape and forest management specialists. We learned we face two tasks – restoration to undo damage that has accumulated through years of neglect, and maintenance to preserve those gains and to enhance the forest.

Location

Dorchester Park
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 
Created: 
01/17/2011

Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Phone: 

617-727-5290; 617-626-1250 (DCR Main Phone)

Mission: 

The Department of Conservation and Recreation is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds.

Location

251 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
United States

Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 442-3343, ext. 235

Email: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Weekdays, 9-5PM

Mission: 

ACE builds the power of communities of color and lower income communities in New England to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve environmental justice. We believe that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and to be decision-makers in issues affecting our communities. In partnership with strategic coalitions, we are bringing energy efficiency resources to our communities, craftimg enviormental justice standards for the state and repairing a failing public transit system.

Location

Alternatives for Community & Environment
2181 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

Don't waste massachusetts, Healthy air coalition, Massachussetts diesel pollution solution, Massachussetts enviromental justice alliance, Mystic river collaborative, Community works, Green justice coalition, Co-op power metro east, Action for regional equity, Coalition to restore civil rights, Radical organizing conference, Right to the city alliance, Whose Boston, Boston youth enviromental network, Southend lower Roxbury youth workers alliance, United youth and youth workers of Boston.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

call or walk in

Key Programs Offered: 

Student pass victory, The New York exckange, campaigning for cleaner air, youth justice in our ' hood, organizing for green jobs. Serving all ages of youth and adults.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
12/01/2010

DotBike

Website: 
Mission: 

DotBike is a community of cyclists who promote increased awareness, opportunity, and safety for bicycling in Dorchester through advocacy and bicycling events. We strive to encourage and support commuter, recreational, sport and working cyclists in Dorchester.

Key Partners: 

Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition

Created: 
11/24/2010

GreenDorchester

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

978-697-0361

Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Call or email to get meeting dates & times.

Mission: 

GreenDorchester (formerly known as Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition) is a volunteer-run local organization working to make Dorchester a greener, healthier, more sustainable place to live, work, play and/or learn.

Location

450 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Some of GreenDorchester's partners: Annapolis Neighborhood Association ~ Codman Square Health Center ~ Dorchester Historical Society ~ Dorchester House ~ DotWell ~ Fields Corner Main Street ~ Four Corners Main Street ~ Franklin Park Coalition ~ Friends of Ronan Park ~ Boston Healthy Homes and Schools Collaborative ~ St Marks Area Main Street ~ Uphams Corner Westside Neighborhood Association ~ Viet-AID.

New partners always welcome!

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Join in! Call 617-474-1478 or email info[at]greendorchester.org

Key Programs Offered: 

Air Quality Improvement, Bicycling/Walking Advocacy, Community-based Planning, Community Gardens, Environment, Farmers' Markets, Greenspace Creation, Public Transit Advocacy, Youth Leadership Development

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Franklin Park Zoo

Phone: 

(617) 541-LION

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Summer Hours (April 1 - Sept. 30) Weekdays: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Weekends & Holidays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Winter Hours (Oct. 1 - March 31) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Mission: 

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research and education.

Location

Franklin Park Zoo
1 Franklin Park Rd
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To learn about education programs, special events, conservation initiatives or volunteer opportunities, please visit www.zoonewengland.org

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Boston Harbor Association - The Harbor Walk

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

The Boston Harbor Association
374 Congress Street, Suite 307
Boston, MA 02210

Phone: 

(617) 482-1722

Email: 
Mission: 

The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) is the leading harbor advocacy group working to promote a clean, alive, and accessible Boston Harbor. Founded in 1973 by the League of Women Voters and the Boston Shipping Association, TBHA prides itself in its creative and innovative programs to help educate the public and build a consensus for a clean and alive Harbor. The Boston Harbor Association is making a difference today and for future generations with solutions and programs that promote maritime industrial activities, environmental protection, and public access around Boston Harbor.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

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