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On Saturday April 23, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and Massachusetts Bay Lines will host three free Marine Mammal Safaris to search for seals and porpoises and share songs and stories of Boston Harbor and the sea. These free trips are open to the public. We welcome school and community groups, youth organizations, friends, families, and children over the age of 5 under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

The first trip boards at 9 a.m., departs at 9:30 a.m., and returns by 11 a.m., the second trip boards at 11:15 a.m., departs at 11:45 a.m., and returns by 1:15 p.m., and the third trip boards at 1:30 p.m., departs at 2 p.m., and returns by 3:30 p.m. All three trips depart from and return to the Massachusetts Bay Lines dock at Rowes Wharf (behind the Boston Harbor Hotel). You can find directions at

These cruises are free but space is limited, so reservations are required. To reserve your spot please call 617-451-2860 x1001 or email [email protected] Please specify how many people in your group, a name for the reservation, and which cruise you would like to go on! We suggest you wear warm clothing, bring a camera or binoculars. Snacks and beverages may be purchased aboard the boat, but you are also welcome to bring your own brown bag lunch.


On Thursday April 21st, Save the Harbor’s storyteller Norah Dooley will perform as Mary Read the Pirate at Waterfront Square at Atlantic Wharf at 280 Congress Street in Boston from 12-2pm along with special guest Larry the Lobster. Join her and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s youth program staff as they share stories from Boston Harbor then and now. Though reservations are not required, please send us an email with contact information for groups of 10 or more. This free event is open to the public, and made possible with the support of our friends and program partners at Atlantic Wharf and Mass Humanities.

Bird Watching on Winthrop Beach

Come explore DCR’s Winthrop Shores Reservation  on April 23 and April 26 to look for the shorebird specialties of Piping Plover, Sanderling, American Oystercatcher and spring water bird specialties of Common Loon, Bufflehead duck, Double-crested Cormorant and Common Elder. From beginner to advanced birders are welcome to join us. Bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you have them. Be ready for chilly weather and a breeze off the ocean. This tour involves limited walking on the beach.

Meet at: Winthrop Beach Reservation on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street. Visit Designed for adults but all ages are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh. For more information, please call 781-485-2804.

Earth Day Safari at Belle Isle Marsh

Celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 from 10-1:30 a.m. and beyond on this walk and stroll at Belle Isle Marsh. Discover the active spring creatures that abound at this beautifully restored wildlife sanctuary that was once a former dump and drive in movie theatre. Our bird sightings may include Osprey, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Red- Winged Blackbird, Wilson’s Snipe, American tree Sparrow and Song Sparrow. Bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you have them. This program is wheel chair accessible and involves traveling a distance of up to a mile and a half.

Meet at: Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 173 Bennington St., Revere and 1236 Bennington St., East Boston. Accessible by Public Transportation: MBTA Blue line, Suffolk Downs Station, turn left onto Bennington Street and walk or stroll to the park entrance on the right.

Earth Day Tour of America’s First Public Beach

Celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22 from 1-2:30 p.m. this 2 mile dog friendly tour. Walk or stroll for an hour and a half alongside America’s first public beach and one of DCR’s heart healthy trails. This walk includes brief stops for entertaining history lessons about the views of the Charles Eliot, the landscape designer and founder of the Metropolitan Parks in Massachusetts, including Revere Beach. Charles Eliot’s mission was to preserve opportunities for beholding natural beauty for successive generations while meeting the economic needs of the nearby communities. This program is wheel chair accessible. Meet at: Outside Eliot Circle, Revere, MA (the tan DCR building at the corner of Dolphin Avenue). Accessible by Public Transportation: MBTA Blue line, Revere Beach Station, turn right in Revere Beach Boulevard and walk or stroll to Eliot Circle.

Earth Day Crafts at library

Children’s Room at the Winthrop Public Library on Friday, April 22 at 2:30 pm in the Hazlett Room. Free. Drop-in. Come celebrate the only Earth we have! We supply the materials, you supply the fun! 2 Metcalf Square

Boat Slips still available

Attention boaters! The Winthrop Town Marina has four slips still available for the upcoming season. The Winthrop Town Marina is located at the Winthrop Public Landing & Pier Complex. The marina offers regular boat slip rentals as well as dinghy/tender space rentals for those with boats on a mooring.  Boat Slip Membership: Members have access to electricity, fresh water, bathrooms & showers (when building is open), free Wi-Fi, waste pump-out on site, use of the hoist, locked gated access for security, great location minutes from Boston Harbor and the islands. Contact the Harbormaster Office at (617) 207-9092 for more information. Membership to the marina is open to the public based on availability of slips.

Help Raise Funds for the Dog Park

Winthrop Dog Park Project and Winthrop Parks & Recreation is hosting a fundraising event at Hong Kong Dragon on Friday, May 6 from 5pm – 10pm. Come enjoy a great night out for a good cause! A portion of your bill will be donated to the Winthrop Dog Park Project.

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