Mission and Purpose
The mission of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is to make the Boston Harbor Islands system—with opportunities for education, recreation, and restful solitude within an urban area—an integral part of the life of the region and the nation by protecting the islands and their associated resources while at the same time improving public knowledge and access.
The above mission describes the management philosophy for the Boston Harbor Islands national park area and what the park is to be like in the future. It reflects the park's purpose and significance, derived from the park's enabling legislation. The purpose of Boston Harbor Islands national park area is:
By its configuration, assemblage of natural, geologic, cultural, and historic features, and proximity to a major metropolitan area, the Boston Harbor Islands system offers a resource that has no parallel in the United States. The primary significance of the park's resources resides in:
Contributing to the significance of the park are:
Boston Harbor Islands Partnership
Boston Harbor Islands is managed collaboratively as a partnership park. Eleven different agencies make up the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership, which serves as the federally legislated body that oversees the park's management. Each of these agencies carry out operational goals to provide for visitor experiences and preserve resources within the park.
The most current and up-to-date trip planning and park status information can be found at our partnership website.
Twelve members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, one member is appointed by the Commandant of Coast Guard. The member organizations are represented by voting partners and voting alternates.
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Boston Planning & Development Agency
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council
Last updated: May 22, 2023