• 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

Volunteer

Welcome!
As a volunteer, you will gain a deeper connection to the extraordinary resources of the islands at the same time you are contributing to them in meaningful ways. Volunteers have a very important role in helping to preserve and protect the islands' natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources, as well as to enhance visitor experiences on the islands.

 
Beach grass planting volunteers cheer.

Volunteers celebrate a successful beach grass planting effort.

Volunteer Opportunities in Stewardship
Sign up for scheduled volunteer programs, or work with staff to arrange a specific group event, or design a special project with the NPS VIP Coordinator.

 
Friends volunteer helps visitor.

A Friends volunteer helps a visitor plan her return ferry trip.

Volunteer Opportunities in Visitor Services
Individuals who want to help serve the needs of visitors and constituents to the Boston Harbor Islands can:


 
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Volunteers in Parks
Volunteers-In-Parks are Very Important People (VIPs). Each year tens of thousands of volunteers donate millions hours working in national parks. When you volunteer at Boston Harbor Islands, you are part of this larger corps of voluteers working in our National Parks. If you would like to know more about volunteers nationwide visit Volunteers in Parks and the VIP Facebook page.

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...