Weed Busting in the Blue Hills, Aug. 13 & Sep. 10

Want to learn to help native plants and animals survive? Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for one morning – or more – to help remove invasive species in the Blue Hills. You will help pull plants that are disrupting the habitat and health of the park’s native plants, animals and insects. Bring water and snacks. To register or with questions, email biodiversity@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org or call 781-828-1805. Upcoming dates/times include Saturday, August 13, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and Saturday, September 10, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

"Meet the Neighbors" in Blue Hills Wetlands, Jul. 18

Want to see what happens when invasive plants take root in sensitive wetland habitat? Take a tour of Fowl Meadow with Carly Rocklen, Restoration Manager at the Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA). Carly leads the effort to control the invasive plant purple loosestrife by releasing beetles. Tour takes place on Monday, July 18, and begins at 6:00 p.m. Meet at Fowl Meadow parking lot at the corner of Neponset Valley Parkway and Brush Hill Road, Canton. For details email biodiversity@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

The Food Project Seeks Community Greenhouse Proposals, Deadline Jul. 20

The Food ProjectThe Food Project (TFP), with support from the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), is seeking partners to share community space in the recently opened Dudley Greenhouse. The Dudley Greenhouse is a 10,000-square-foot facility in the Dudley Neighborhood of Roxbury. Owned by DSNI and leased by The Food Project, the greenhouse operates year-round as a food production and educational space.

Space is open to groups serving the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan, with priority given to projects that directly serve the Dudley Neighborhood. The RFP can be found attached to this post, and on The Food Project website. Applications are due July 20th, 2011.

Interested groups and individuals are encouraged to visit the greenhouse and meet with the Greenhouse Manager Danielle Andrews in advance of submitting a proposal. The greenhouse is open to the public on Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 to 12:30 p.m. Appointments can also be made by contacting Danielle via email or phone (617-442-1322 x13). More details after the break. >> Read More

Boston Park Advocates (BPA)




The mission of the network is to connect and unify Boston’s diverse park and community stakeholders. We aim to build our capacity, share resources and information, raise public awareness, and strengthen the collective impact of our network members to influence public park policy and increase support for the range of urban parks and open spaces.

Key Partners: 

Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition

Franklin Park Coalition

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Neponset Estuary Paddle, Jul. 30

PaddlingEnjoy paddling up rivers or estuaries? Now's your chance to participate in the community, have some fun, paddle with friends, and even get exercise while your at it! Paddling experience is required to participate. The event will take place at Neponset Park, Hilltop Street, Dorchester. Be there at 10 a.m. to join in on the fun. To join this event, registration is required at www.bostonnatural.org. With questions, call 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org. Part of the Neponset River Greenway Festival. See full schedule of events here.

Nature Sketching Workshop, Aug. 10

FlowerEver want to be able to draw the world around you? Nature artist Anne Schmalz will introduce participants to sketching the natural world, flowers and vegetables. Anne will explain how to draw a garden. Supplies will be provided but it is recommended to bring a folding chair. The event will take place at 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan from 5:30 to 7 p.m. To join this event, registration is required at www.bostonnatural.org. For questions, call 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org.

Harborfest, Jun. 29 to Jul. 4

Boston HarborfestHarborfest begins! Boston Harborfest 2011 is a six-day long Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. The award-winning festival strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more. You can find information about all main events and daily events, taking place in and around Boston's City Hall at http://www.bostonharborfest.com/. This year's 30th Anniversary celebrations run June 29th to July 4th 2011. The JFK Museum in Dorchester will open its special "Passing the Torch" Exhibit to the public during the festival. Visit http://www.jfklibrary.org/Exhibits/Special-Exhibits/50th-Anniversary-Inauguration.aspx for more information.

(Text and logo courtesy of http://www.bostonharborfest.com/). >> Read More

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

212 Northern Avenue, Suite 304 West, Boston, MA 02210


(617) 451-2860


(617) 451-0496


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s mission is to restore and protect the harbor and the bay, and to reconnect Bostonians from every neighborhood, regional residents and visitors alike, so that we can all enjoy the benefits of the enormous public and private investment in our revitalized harbor and waterfront.


Boston Fish Pier
212 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to info@savetheharbor.org . Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Key Programs Offered: 


  • All Access Boston Harbor - Area groups learn about the marine environment and maritime history during these day trips to Georges Island and Spectacle Island.

  • Boston Harbor Explorers - A daily hands-on environmental education program in partnership with Boston’s youth sailing centers.

  • Marine Mammal Safaris - Our annual cruises launch the summer season, providing the unique opportunity to spot harbor seals and porpoises.

  • Our funding partners - Youth programs are made possible by these generous sponsors.


"Blue is Back" Family Beach Bash and Splash, Aug. 12 and 13

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay "Best Beaches"Save the Harbor / Save the Bay will host the "Blue is Back" Family Beach Bash and Splash for kids and families on Carson Beach on August 12 and 13, 2011. On Friday, August 12 the celebration will kick off with a day of kids' events and activities on Carson Beach, including a sand castle competition and kite-flying contest. On Saturday, August 13 at noon there will be a family friendly beach party with a short swim and splash, followed by an afternoon concert on Carson Beach. Please stay tuned for more on this exciting event! >> Read More

Mayor Menino's Garden Contest, Deadline Jul. 15

Boston's gardeners work long and hard to beautify their homes, businesses, and neighborhoods," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "This contest recognizes and honors these green thumbs who are helping to improve our city with their talents." Launched fifteen years ago as part of Mayor Menino's citywide beautification initiative, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, beautified their own small piece of Boston. First place winners in eight categories will receive the coveted "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Menino. Last year, winners received prize packages from HGTV, a one-year American Horticultural Society membership and more. Awards will be given out at an awards ceremony in late August. Read on for dates, entry information, etc. or visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/gardencontest/. >> Read More

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