• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

For Teachers

These resources will help you provide meaningful instruction for your students while all of you enjoy your experience on the Boston Harbor Islands.
  • As you plan a field trip, you may need to apply for an island-use permit and must plan water transportation.
  • Select curriculum materials to view our classroom lessons and island expeditions.
  • Workshops for professional development are available to help teachers earn PDPs and develop new curriculum.
  • Park staff can assist you with other resources such as curriculum-based classroom and on-islands programs.

The tools outlined above will help teachers use the Boston Harbor Islands to facilitate the education of their students. For questions, please email us.

Did You Know?

Burrage Hospital on Bumpkin Island

Clarence Burrage was a philanthropist who established the Hospital for Crippled Children on Bumpkin Island in 1902. It was one of the first facilities with ramps instead of stairs. Though it burned in 1945, the remains can be seen today at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. More...