• 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

Getting Ready for 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!

 

  • Visitors Document Biodiversity

    Visitor leans in to take a photograph

    Park visitors, rangers and cooperating scientists took out their cameras to document biodiversity on Thompson Island on may 26th and again on Peddocks Island on September 9th. This is all part of an effort to asses the ability of the public to document bio-diversity in a non-destructive way. Traditional methods involve collection of specimens-this project involves photographic identification. Read more

Did You Know?

Thompson Island

Thompson Island in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area was home to the first vocational school in America in 1833. The facility featured a farm, a wood shop and a print shop as well as America’s first organized school band. More...