Park Update:

Island concessions have ended for the season. Visitors are encouraged to pack a lunch when visiting the islands or purchase food aboard the island ferry.

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Activities, ranger tours, and most programs are included with your ferry ticket.

Stewardship Saturday at Grape Island

Come celebrate National Public Lands Day and join other park stewards to help us control non-native invasive plants and enhance native ecosystems and natural processes in the park!

Come join park biologists and volunteer stewards for National Public Lands Day! Help us control non-native invasive plants and enhance native ecosystems and natural processes in the park. We will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history, and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as we work to understand and improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees, and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.

Directions: We will be departing from a dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard, the address is 21 2nd Ave, Boston MA. We are able to offer free parking at the park- individuals will need to share their vehicle information with park staff in advance for entrance. There are also a variety of public transit options nearby. We will send more information to registrants about parking prior to the event. We will be going to Grape Island.

Timing: The boat departs at 9am. We will return by 3pm.

What to wear: Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes. Conditions can be unpredictable so please monitor the weather in the days leading up the event and dress appropriately.

What to bring: Please bring a lunch and reusable water bottles. Bring all your water for the day! Sunscreen and a hat are always recommended. Tools will be provided.

Event will run rain or shine, however, may be cancelled due to severe weather.

Special consideration:

  • MASKS may be required to be worn on transportation to the island based on local COVID levels at the time of the event.
  • Do not attend if you have had recent exposure to a positive COVID case or if you are experiencing symptoms.

*NOTE: Work consists of natural or cultural resource field stewardship. Tasks may include data collection, clearing vegetation, debris, and/or trash, consolidating cut material into bags or piles, carrying materials, planting, trail clearing and/or light maintenance. Work may be conducted in extreme heat or cold.

JOB HAZARDS:

  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards
  • Potential hazards include transit by boat, the use of hand tools, carrying moderate weight, working in varied terrain, dense brush, thorns, poison ivy, and/or ticks

BACKGROUND/REFERENCE CHECK REQUIRED:

  • No

Contact:  Rachel Vincent (rachel_vincent@nps.gov) or Erin Drumm (erin_drumm@nps.gov) for questions!

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