Our parks offer a wonderful variety of special events, nature activities, and educational programs for people of all ages and abilities all year long!
Universal Access Program
The Universal Access Program ensures equal access to outdoor recreation in Massachusetts state parks. We're always working to improve and update our sites and buildings for you to visit. We also have specialized recreation equipment for you to use at beaches and skating rinks. And, we offer year-round adaptive recreation programs.
On our pages, you'll see the terms accessible and adaptive used. Accessible means a location or program meets the requirements of state and Federal accessibility standards. Adaptive means that an activity uses equipment and techniques that have been adapted to the user and their needs. If you have questions about whether you can access a site or a program, please contact us.
Go to the Universal Access webpage to learn more about accessible parks, forests, beaches, and events.
Watershed Education Programs
The Division of Water Supply Protection offers education programs to teach the public about the importance of protecting public drinking water supplies and resources. These programs are offered at the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs where staff, exhibits, and materials help teach people about the history and important features of our watersheds. These programs are provided for the general public, school groups and special interest groups.
Guided Educational Field Trip Opportunities
For school and other educational groups, scouts, and summer camps.
We create a dynamic, hands-on, minds-on experience where each student is an active participant.
Adult learning groups welcome!
Programs are offered free of charge (Parking fees may apply).
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DCR Visitor Centers and Exhibits
DCR Visitors Centers provide many year-round opportunities at which you can learn about our rich natural and cultural history, a heritage that tells fascinating stories of the past.