Upcoming DCR programs and events

Come Out & Play

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There is so much to explore in your state park system!  We have so many fantastic programs and recreational opportunities happening around the state- below are some highlights! Check out the DCR event and program calendar for a complete list!

Neponset Pumpkin Float

pumpkin float october 22 2019

   Tuesday, October 22, 2019

   Check-in 5:30pm - Float begins at 6:00pm

   DCR Pope John Paul II Reservation

   18th Annual Pumpkin Float Flyer

 

Weekly Program Highlights

Beaver Brook Reservation ,66 Mill Street, Belmont

“Celebrating Our Roots” Self -Guided Tree Walk 

9:00am-4:00pm

Established in 1893, Beaver Brook Reservation was the first state park in Massachusetts, created to protect the stately Waverly Oaks once found on this property.  The self -guided walk introduces the trees that have taken their place and highlight the beauty and importance of the trees here and in our communities. Parking is available. A self-guided brochure is available on the DCR website.  Beaver Brook Tree Walk

Roxbury Heritage State Park, 183 Roxbury Street, Roxbury

Open House, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Visit the beautiful restoration of this historic property and enjoy brand new exhibits and the community gallery space. The Dillaway Thomas House was built circa 1750 and served as the parsonage for the pastor of the First Church in Roxbury. During the American Revolution, it was the headquarters for Continental Army General John Thomas during the Siege of 1775.  Located on the hill overlooking Dudley Square, the Dillaway Thomas House has unparalleled views of downtown Boston and Boston Harbor.  Free program.

Halibut Point State Park

QUARRY QUEST!

Any Day--pick up clues at the bulletin board.

Take a treasure hunt with your family. An enjoyable way to learn about the quarrying days together as you walk around the Park!

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Forest, 78 Cape St., Goshen

Every Friday and Saturday, 6:00-8:00pm

Nature Movie and Craft activity - Suitable for children ages 2 -12. Each week we show a different nature based movie and create an activity to support the film. Meet at the Nature Center Pavilion. This week we watch a movie of the children’s choice. At the same time we will create a fire and play a CD featuring Native American Music and Stories at the Fire Pit. Bring the true forest spirits to life! Parking fee may apply for day-use visitors; DCR ParksPass and SeniorPass is also accepted.

Holyoke Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays - ongoing, 12 pm - 4 pm

Drop-in Activity: Discovery Table at the Visitor Center - For children of all ages. Children and adults discover something new about the natural world through books, toys, exploring with microscopes and coloring. Participants can drop by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time.

Holyoke Heritage State Park , 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA

Wednesdays & Fridays - ongoing - 10 am - 11 am

Wandering Ranger - Suitable for everyone. Come search for the Wandering Ranger, a.k.a. Park Interpreter, to see what has caught her interest in the par for the day. It could be collecting and sorting tree seeds, flagging an orienteering course, or displaying on of the Park’s many natural history curiosities. Wandering Ranger is available for questions such as what is there to do in Holyoke, what are the historical significance of the canal and mills and many things that have to do with the natural world. Participants can drop by for this activity anytime during the scheduled time.

Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough

Sundays, Ongoing, 10am-4pm

Sunday Scavenger Hunt - Adventurous, self-guided “seek and find” treasure hunts available at the Visitor Center or Summit. (Parking fee applies at the Summit). Call423-499-4262 for more information. Parking fee at summit applies: $5.00 per MA-plate vehicle, and $10 per out-of-state-plate vehicle; DCR ParksPass and SeniorPass is accepted.

Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough

Every Saturday & Sunday, 1pm & 2pm

Scenic Summit Tours - Short, “pocket-sized,” guided talks along easy walking paths that explore the cultural landscape and unique mountain ecology of the highest point in Mass. Meet at the contour map on the summit (parking fee applies). Parking fee at summit applies: $5.00 per MA-plate vehicle, and $10 per out-of-state-plate vehicle; DCR ParksPass and SeniorPass is accepted. Call 423-499-4262 for more information.

Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough

Mondays, Ongoing, 10am-4pm

Finding Your Way - Investigate the wonders of maps and compass and traditional methods of path finding. Designed as a self-guided activity. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 423-499-4262 for more information.

Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough

Mondays, Ongoing, 11:00am-4:00pm

Trails and Tales Hike - Fun guided hikes that explore the human side of Mt. Greylock featuring local history, poetry readings, literary inspirations and even a ghost story. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 423-499-4262 for more information.

Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough

Fridays, Ongoing, 11:00am-1:30pm

Discover Greylock Hike - This popular guided hike explores many of the exciting hidden features of Mount Greylock. Hike duration is 2-3 hours with trail difficulty depending upon the group ability. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Visitor Center. Call 423-499-4262 for more information.

J.A. Skinner State Park, 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley

Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am & 1:30 PM

Summit House Guided Tours - Suitable for all ages. Ushered in by the industrial revolution, the advent of factory over farm work meant people had more time for leisure and more money to spend. In 1851, seizing upon this boon, a Northampton bookbinder and his wife built a tiny hotel on the peak of Mount Holyoke. Join us for a guided tour of the restored, 1861 version of what has since become known as the Summit House at J.A. Skinner State Park. Wheelchair access is available; reasonable accommodations upon request. Parking fees apply: $5.00 per MA-plate vehicle, and $10 per out-of-state-plate vehicle; DCR ParksPass and SeniorPass is accepted. For more information call: (413) 586-0350.

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