Determine the number of students, teachers, chaperones, and additional support staff that will participate in the island expedition. It is important to be as accurate as possible since the final cost of the vessel will be determined, in part, by the number of passengers. The National Park Service education team strongly recommends a student/teacher ratio of 10 to 1 be adopted. Other factors to consider when selecting a vessel include:
Contact the appropriate vessel company to determine availability of the vessel you feel is best suited to meet your groups needs. Any additional questions should be referred to the education team.
Do not forget to ask the vessel company representative about the availability of nearby public parking.
Boat transportation is available from the following locations.
With the exception of Pemberton Point, all vessel departure locations range from a few feet to a quarter-mile from the closest public transportation. If needed, each departure location offers nearby parking for a fee with the exception of Columbia Point, located on the University of Massachusetts - Boston campus. Parking at Columbia Point may be arranged by contacting the campus police.
Should none of these departure locations prove suitable, a more convenient departure location might be arranged with the ferry company for an additional fee.
Did You Know?
Scientists have recently identified a beach-dwelling ground beetle at Boston Harbor Islands that has not been seen in North America for over 100 years. It is believed the beetle, Bembmidion nigropiceum, was brought to Boston from Europe in the 1800s via ship ballasts.