• 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

Citizen Scientists

Volunteers survey invasive species on the dock of Thompson Island.

Volunteers survey invasive species on the Thompson Island dock.

Volunteer Citizen Scientists help us understand the flora and fauna that live and breed on the islands and the environmental factors that influence them. Join us on any Stewardship Saturday program to get involved. Sign up for Stewardship & Science updates by joining our park community.

As volunteers you may:

Did You Know?

Sunset at the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

In the 1800s, when the Great Famine drove a million or more Irish citizens to immigrate to the United States, Deer Island was the landing point for thousands of refugees, many sick and poverty-stricken, hoping to reach the Port of Boston. More...