Park Serve Day
Every year in April, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation (DCR) organizes Park Serve Day in parks across the Commonwealth. At the Boston Harbor Islands, the National Park Service and Island Alliance work with DCR to recruit volunteers to tackle special projects.
In 2012, 89 volunteers came to Spectacle and Peddocks Islands to spruce up the islands for opening. The volunteers cleared trails, replaced fencing, cleaned the beach and visitor center. The volunteers worked a total of 442 volunteer hours (the equivalent of 4 staff people working full-time for almost 3 weeks). In the afternoon, in celebration of National Park Week, DCR, Boston Harbor Island Alliance, and NPS hosted Junior Ranger Day on Spectacle Island. Families came out to the islands at a very reduced rate of $5 per person. Youth engaged in "Let's Move Outside!" and environmental stewardship activities, and had the opportunity to earn badges as official Junior Rangers.
In 2011, 83 volunteers braved the cold and wind to come out and prepare Spectacle Island for the busy season. Participants included 35 youth of all ages (from toddlers to Northeastern University students) that came out with their family, their Boy and Girl Scout troop, their day camp, or their school. Volunteers cleared 1/4 mile of brush, painted tent blocks, refurbished signs, transplanted 30 plants, cleaned the beach and visitor center. Together, the group contributed 374 volunteer hours to the park, equivalent to 3 full-time staff people working over 3 weeks. In the afternoon, volunteers were joined by 140 families participating in a Let's Move Outside program where youth had the opportunity to become official Junior Rangers. Over 70 new environmental stewards earned their badge.
In 2009, our largest volunteer effort to date, 393 volunteers contributed 1965 hours over two days planting beach grass on Spectacle Island. more...