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Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island

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 spooky Stewardship Saturday. 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: Departure will be from EDIC pier. The dock is a short walk from multiple public transit stops (namely the Silver line and the Red line, with bus routes nearby as well). There are also public paid parking garages nearby (for example, Marine Park Garage – Google Maps), and people occasionally find free street parking down Summer Street across the bridge. We will be going to Thompson Island.

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 must be worn on transportation to the island, including open air boats, and are strongly encouraged when working near others. Please bring an extra mask as well in case one gets too dirty, sweaty, or otherwise compromised.
  • Individuals will be required to complete a Clear to Go COVID survey prior to boarding the boat to the island. 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. 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. 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.

Program destination is subject to change based on field conditions. For questions please contact Laura Yates at (617)-455-9158 or

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