350 kids from across the city and around the region, including groups from Lynn, South Boston, Dorchester, the South End, and Jamaica Plain made a very big splash on the beach last Friday at Save the Harbor’s 6th Annual Beach Bash and Splash at DCR’s Carson Beach.
Among the groups that took part this year were the South Boston Neighborhood House and St. Peter Academy from South Boston, the St. Peter’s Teen Center, GRASP, Inc. and Greenwood Shalom from Dorchester, Youth Enrichment Services from the South End, the BCYF Hennigan Community Center and the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center from Jamaica Plain and the LEO program in Lynn.
The kids spent the morning in healthy outdoor activities including fishing, clamming, aquatic instruction, kayaking and stand up paddleboard lessons, as well as Storytelling by the Sea and Arts on the Shore. At noon, under the watchful eye of 14 lifeguards from DCR and the YMCA, they took a quick dip in the cool, clean water, and then enjoyed a cookout on the cleanest urban beach in America.
“What a great way to celebrate clean water and beat the heat,” said Bruce Berman, of the Boston based harbor advocacy organization, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. “Free events like this that share the harbor are at the heart of our mission, creating a new generation of harbor stewards who share our love for the sea.”
Save the Harbor runs free youth and beach programs that will connect 30,000 youth and teens from scores of area youth development and community organizations to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Island State and National Park this summer. They also provide free programs at 8 sites on Boston Harbor and at 70 free Better Beaches Program events on the region’s public beaches with the support of DCR.
Their Boston Harbor Explorers @ DCR’s Carson Beach offers youth development and community groups free environmental exploration, youth enrichment and healthy outdoor activities including aquatics, fishing and clamming, kayak and paddleboard lessons, Arts on the Shore and Storytelling by the Sea at the McCormack Bathhouse at DCR’s Carson Beach in South Boston. If you would like to arrange a field trip for your group to the cleanest urban beach in the nation, visit http://www.blog.savetheharbor.org/2016/06/boston-harbor-explorers-dcrs-carson.html
Save the Harbor’s free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Distrigas/ENGIE.
Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, The Clowes Fund, Comcast, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Fan Pier – The Fallon Company, John Hancock Financial Services Inc., Kershaw Foundation – Cheers for Children, Mass Environmental Trust, Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Port Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, P&G Gillette, William E. & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, Vertex, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, The Yawkey Foundation.
Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, BOMA, Boston Properties – Atlantic Wharf, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Carnival Foundation, The Chiofaro Company, Clipper Ship, Foundation, Inc., The Daily Catch Seaport, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Foundation, Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Thomas & Luncinda Foley, The Hym Investment Group, LLC, Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, National Grid Foundation, The Reebok Foundation, RMR Real Estate Services, Lawrence J. & Anne Rubenstein Foundation, Skanska, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Spectra Energy, Tishman Speyer.
Save the Harbor would also like to thank our supporters 3A Marine Service, AP Staffing, Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Andrew J. Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Circle Furniture, The Fuller Foundation, Inc., Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, Sherry & Alan Leventhal Family Foundation, George Lewis – Haven Trust, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Mass Bay Credit Union, National Park Service, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg, Red Sox Foundation, Rockland Trust – Peoples Federal Foundation, Storm Duds, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, TD Bank Charitable Foundation, UDR, Kyle & Sara Warwick, Matthew Whitlock & Penny & Neal, Nicholson Foundation
Special thanks to the hundreds of individual donors and to our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the YMCA of Greater Boston for their support.
To earn more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s free events and programs visit their blog Sea, Sand & Sky at www.blog.savetheharbor.org and their website at www.savetheharbor.org, or follow savetheharbor on Facebook and Twitter.