Adaptive program schedule

See a list of the current adaptive and accessible programming offered in state parks.

Adaptive and accessible programming is offered seasonally by the Universal Access Program. Our calendar of events is published in May and December of each year. You can see a list of our upcoming programs, or see the schedule for the whole season below. If you would like to get on our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events and activities, please contact us.

Pre-registration and a current release form are required for all programs.

Kayaking with Waypoint Adventure

Program Cost: $10 per person per session. Registration is required. Contact Steve at (781) 325-7980, ext. 185 or email sdastous@waypointadventure.org to sign up or for more information.

Date

Day

Time

Location

Level

Age

July 14

Saturday

10 a.m–3 p.m.

Lake Cochituate

Introductory

16+

July 17

Tuesday

1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Walden Pond State Reservation

Introductory

Kids

July 24

Tuesday

5 p.m.–7 p.m.

Walden Pond State Reservation

Introductory

All ages

July 26

Thursday

6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Herter Park

Intermediate

 

July 31

Tuesday

12 p.m.–2 p.m.

Walden Pond State Reservation

Waypoint

Adults

August 4

Saturday

10 a.m–3 p.m.

Malibu Beach

Waypoint

16+

August 7

Tuesday

1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Walden Pond State Reservation

Introductory

All ages

August 14

Tuesday

1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Walden Pond State Reservation

Introductory

All ages

August 16

Thursday

6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Lake Cochituate

Waypoint

 

August 21

Tuesday

12 p.m.–2 p.m.

Walden Pond State Reservation

Waypoint

Adults

Kayaking with Stavros Outdoor Access

D.A.R. State Forest, Goshen

Mondays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.: July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30 & August 20

Program Cost: $5 per person per session. Sign up for an hour-long paddle. Registration is required. Call Brenda Kennedy at (413) 259-0009 to sign up or for more information.

Kayaking with All Out Adventures

Program Cost: $5 per person per session. 

Sign up for an hour-long paddle. Registration is required. Call All Out Adventures at (413) 584-2052 to sign up or for more info.

Cochituate State Park, Natick

Mondays, 9:45 a.m.–3:15 p.m.: July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20  

D.A.R. State Forest, Goshen

Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m.–3:15 p.m.: July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22     

Quinsigamond State Park, Worcester

Thursdays, 9:45 a.m.–3:15 p.m.: July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30

Canoeing

Canoeing on the Quabbin ReservoirFishing Area #3—Gate 31Petersham

Tuesdays, July 24–August 28

Program Cost: $5 per person per session. Pre-registration is required. To sign up or for more information, call All Out Adventures at (413) 584-2052.

Grab a paddle and enjoy canoeing along Pottapaug Pond. Interested in fishing from a canoe? This site offers excellent warm water fishing in addition to trout and salmon. An adaptive fishing instructor will be at some of the programs so inquire when registering! This area also has an abundance of wildlife. Try to spot wild turkeys, bald eagles, common loons, hawks, and moose as you paddle. This serene canoeing experience is a can’t miss!

Canoeing on the Charles River, Woerd Ave, Waltham

We’ve partnered with Access Sport America to bring more canoeing experiences to the greater Boston area. Enjoy teamwork at its finest in a 30 foot Hawaiian outrigger canoe. Specialized seating and adapted one- or two-hand paddles available. For details, including cost, dates, and other programs, contact Access Sport America at (978) 246-6433.

Swimming

Bennett Field Pool, Worcester

Friday mornings for 6 weeks, July 13–August 17

Program Cost: $30 for 6-week program. Scholarship is available upon request. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. To sign up or for more information, contact Patrick Remy at (508) 751-6417 or email rec@eastersealsma.org.

Go for a recreational swim with Easter Seals MA on quiet Friday mornings before the pool opens to the public. This swim program focuses on recreation skills and is not a learn to swim program. Program is open to children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Rowing

Jones Ferry, Holyoke

Thursdays by appointment, June–October

Program Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, call Stephanie Moore at (413) 320-3134 or email smoore@holyokerows.org.

Learn to row or scull with Stephanie Moore of Holyoke Rows.  Specialized rowing shells and adaptive support as needed. Enjoy exercising on the Connecticut River and/or train for competition. Sign up for an hour-long experience.

Golfing

Ponkapoag Golf CourseCanton

Mondays: June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6, August 20, September 17

Program Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, call Steve Kuketz at (508) 889-7581 or email steve.kuketz@comcast.net.

Take to the green this summer and perfect your swing with golfers from the Massachusetts Para-golfers Association (MPGA). Enjoy competitive or recreational play. All-terrain wheelchairs (ParaGolfers) that assist golfers into a standing position to swing are available at this course.

Sailing

Charles River ReservationEsplanade, Boston

April–October 31, 7 days a week on an appointment basis.

Program Cost: $50 for the season. Need-based, reduced fee of $1 available.

Both new members and returning members should book online when possible. For more information, call (617) 651-1209.

Take sailing lessons or go out for a recreational sail with Community Boating, Inc. Book an appointment to reserve time with a sailing instructor. Adaptive seating and a Hoyer lift are available.

Cycling

Program Cost: $3 per person. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call  (413) 584-2052 or email info@alloutadventures.org.

Join All Out Adventures this summer and explore a wide variety of adaptive bikes for adults and kids, including hand cycles, trikes, tandems, and recumbent bikes. Ride occasionally or weekly. Reserve your one-hour time slot now.

Date

Day

Location

Town

June 15

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

June 22

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

June 29

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

July 6

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

July 13

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

July 20

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

July 27

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

August 3

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

August 10

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

August 17

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

August 24

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

August 31

Friday

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Hadley

September 12

Wednesday

Artesani/Herter Park

Brighton

September 19

Wednesday

Artesani/Herter Park

Brighton

September 26

Wednesday

Artesani/Herter Park

Brighton

October 3

Wednesday

Artesani/Herter Park

Brighton

Hiking

Program Cost: $3 per person, $12 for families, $25 for groups. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call (413) 259-0009.

Take a gentle hike with Stavros Outdoor Access. Teamwork and assistive equipment, such as the Terra Trek mountain wheelchair, GRIT Freedom Chair, and all-terrain walkers unite people of all abilities! Bring a lunch and enjoy activities like scavenger hunts, nature activities, and letterboxing. Sighted guides available upon request.

Date

Day

Location

Town

Activity

June 6

Wednesday

Robinson State Park

Feeding Hills

Nature activities

June 8

Friday

Halibut Point State Park

Rockport

Quarry & ocean exploration

June 21

Thursday

Walden Pond State Reservation

Concord

History of Thoreau & pond side hike

June 25

Monday

Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor

Ferry trip and island tour

July 12

Thursday

Blue Hills Reservation

Milton

Letterboxing hunt

July 19

Thursday

Great Brook Farm State Park

Carlisle

Barn tour & ice cream social

August 23

Thursday

Moore State Park

Paxton

Letterboxing

Sept. 13

Thursday

Pittsfield State Forest

Pittsfield

Nature activities

Sept. 20

Thursday

Borderland State Park

North Easton

Mansion tour

October 4

Thursday

Mount Tom State Reservation

Holyoke

Beaver pond exploration

October 20

Saturday

Maudslay State Park

Newburyport

Haunted hike

Skating

Porrazzo Rink, East Boston, MA

Wednesday, August 29 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Program Cost: Free. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call the Universal Access Program at (857) 260-1519 or email laila.soleimani@state.ma.us.

Join us for our annual summer skating cookout. We’ll be skating and playing games on the ice and grilling burgers and hot dogs outside. This beautiful skating rink is located on accessible Constitution Beach so feel free to hit the beach and warm up after skating!

Summer 2018 calendar

Date

Day

Activity

Location

Program Leader

April 1–October 31

Daily

Sailing

Charles River Esplanade

Community Boating, Inc.

June 2

Saturday

Adaptive Recreation Fair

Artesani Park, Brighton

Universal Access Program

June 6

Wednesday

Hiking

Robinson State Park

Stavros Outdoor Access

June 7

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

June 8

Friday

Hiking

Halibut Point State Park

Stavros Outdoor Access

June 11

Monday

Golfing

Ponkapoag Golf Course

Mass Para-Golfers Association

June 14

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

June 15

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

June 21

Thursday

Hiking

Walden Pond State Reservation

All Out Adventures

June 21

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

June 22

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

June 25

Monday

Hiking

Spectacle Island

Stavros Outdoor Access

June 25

Monday

Golfing

Ponkapoag Golf Course

Mass Para-Golfers Association

June 28

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

June 29

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

July 5

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

July 6

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

July 9

Monday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

Stavros Outdoor Access

July 9

Monday

Kayaking

Cochituate State Park

All Out Adventures

July 9

Monday

Golfing

Ponkapoag Golf Course

Mass Para-Golfers Association

July 11

Wednesday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

All Out Adventures

July 12

Thursday

Hiking

Blue Hills Reservation

Stavros Outdoor Access

July 12

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

July 13

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

July 13

Friday

Swimming

Bennett Field Pool

Easter Seals Mass

July 14

Saturday

Kayaking

Lake Cochituate

Waypoint Adventure

July 16

Monday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

Stavros Outdoor Access

July 16

Monday

Kayaking

Cochituate State Park

All Out Adventures

July 17

Tuesday

Kayaking

Walden Pond State Reservation

Waypoint Adventure

July 18

Wednesday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

All Out Adventures

July 19

Thursday

Hiking

Great Brook Farm State Park

Stavros Outdoor Access

July 19

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

July 20

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

July 20

Friday

Swimming

Bennett Field Pool

Easter Seals Mass

July 23

Monday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

Stavros Outdoor Access

July 23

Monday

Kayaking

Cochituate State Park

All Out Adventures

July 23

Monday

Golfing

Ponkapoag Golf Course

Mass Para-Golfers Association

July 24

Tuesday

Canoeing

Fishing Area 3

All Out Adventures

July 24

Tuesday

Kayaking

Walden Pond State Reservation

Waypoint Adventure

July 25

Wednesday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

All Out Adventures

July 26

Thursday

Kayaking

Herter Park

Waypoint Adventure

July 26

Thursday

Kayaking

Quinsigamond State Park

All Out Adventures

July 26

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

July 27

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

July 27

Friday

Swimming

Bennett Field Pool

Easter Seals Mass

July 30

Monday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

Stavros Outdoor Access

July 30

Monday

Kayaking

Cochituate State Park

All Out Adventures

July 31

Tuesday

Canoeing

Fishing Area 3

All Out Adventures

July 31

Tuesday

Kayaking

Walden Pond State Reservation

Waypoint Adventure

August 1

Wednesday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

All Out Adventures

August 2

Thursday

Kayaking

Quinsigamond State Park

All Out Adventures

August 2

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

August 3

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

August 3

Friday

Swimming

Bennett Field Pool

Easter Seals Mass

August 4

Saturday

Kayaking

Malibu Beach

Waypoint Adventure

August 6

Monday

Kayaking

Cochituate State Park

All Out Adventures

August 6

Monday

Golfing

Ponkapoag Golf Course

Mass Para-Golfers Association

August 7

Tuesday

Canoeing

Fishing Area 3

All Out Adventures

August 7

Tuesday

Kayaking

Walden Pond State Reservation

Waypoint Adventure

August 8

Wednesday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

All Out Adventures

August 9

Thursday

Kayaking

Quinsigamond State Park

All Out Adventures

August 9

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

August 10

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

August 10

Friday

Swimming

Bennett Field Pool

Easter Seals Mass

August 13

Monday

Kayaking

Cochituate State Park

All Out Adventures

August 14

Tuesday

Canoeing

Fishing Area 3

All Out Adventures

August 14

Tuesday

Kayaking

Walden Pond State Reservation

Waypoint Adventure

August 15

Wednesday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

All Out Adventures

August 16

Thursday

Kayaking

Quinsigamond State Park

All Out Adventures

August 16

Thursday

Kayaking

Lake Cochituate

Waypoint Adventure

August 16

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

August 17

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

August 17

Friday

Swimming

Bennett Field Pool

Easter Seals Mass

August 20

Monday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

Stavros Outdoor Access

August 20

Monday

Kayaking

Cochituate State Park

All Out Adventures

August 20

Monday

Golfing

Ponkapoag Golf Course

Mass Para-Golfers Association

August 21

Tuesday

Canoeing

Fishing Area 3

All Out Adventures

August 21

Tuesday

Kayaking

Walden Pond State Reservation

Waypoint Adventure

August 22

Wednesday

Kayaking

DAR State Forest

All Out Adventures

August 23

Thursday

Kayaking

Quinsigamond State Park

All Out Adventures

August 23

Thursday

Hiking

Moore State Park

Stavros Outdoor Access

August 23

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

August 24

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

August 28

Tuesday

Canoeing

Fishing Area 3

All Out Adventures

August 29

Wednesday

Ice Skating Social

Porrazzo Rink

Universal Access Program

August 30

Thursday

Kayaking

Quinsigamond State Park

All Out Adventures

August 30

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

August 31

Friday

Cycling

Norwottuck Rail Trail

All Out Adventures

September 6

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

September 12

Wednesday

Cycling

Artesani Park

All Out Adventures

September 13

Thursday

Hiking

Pittsfield State Forest

Stavros Outdoor Access

September 13

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

September 17

Monday

Golfing

Ponkapoag Golf Course

Mass Para-Golfers Association

September 19

Wednesday

Cycling

Artesani Park

All Out Adventures

September 20

Thursday

Hiking

Borderland State Park

Stavros Outdoor Access

September 20

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

September 21

Friday

Abilities Expo

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Universal Access Program

September 22

Saturday

Abilities Expo

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Universal Access Program

September 23

Sunday

Abilities Expo

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Universal Access Program

September 26

Wednesday

Cycling

Artesani Park

All Out Adventures

September 27

Thursday

Rowing

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Holyoke Rows

October 4

Thursday

Hiking

Mount Tom State Reservation

Stavros Outdoor Access

October 20

Saturday

Hiking

Maudslay State Park

Stavros Outdoor Access

April 1–October 31

Daily

Sailing

Charles River Esplanade

Community Boating, Inc.

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