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Boston Harbor Islands

National Recreation Area - Massachusetts

The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is situated among the islands of Boston Harbor of Boston, Massachusetts. The area is made up of a collection of islands, together with a former island and a peninsula, many of which are open for public recreation and some of which are very small and best suited for wildlife. Attractions include hiking trails, beaches, the Civil War-era Fort Warren on Georges Island and Boston Light on Little Brewster Island, the oldest lighthouse in the United States. Georges Island and Spectacle Island are served seasonally by ferries to and from Boston and Quincy, connecting on weekends and summer weekdays with a shuttle boat to several other islands, Hull, and Hingham.

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Official Visitor Map of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area (NRA) in Massachusetts. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Boston Harbor Islands - Visitor Map

Official Visitor Map of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area (NRA) in Massachusetts. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Official visitor map of Adams National Historical Park (NHP) in Massachusetts. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Adams - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Adams National Historical Park (NHP) in Massachusetts. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Official visitor map of Boston National Historic Park (NHP) in Massachusetts. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Boston NHP - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Boston National Historic Park (NHP) in Massachusetts. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.nps.gov/boha/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Harbor_Islands_National_Recreation_Area The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is situated among the islands of Boston Harbor of Boston, Massachusetts. The area is made up of a collection of islands, together with a former island and a peninsula, many of which are open for public recreation and some of which are very small and best suited for wildlife. Attractions include hiking trails, beaches, the Civil War-era Fort Warren on Georges Island and Boston Light on Little Brewster Island, the oldest lighthouse in the United States. Georges Island and Spectacle Island are served seasonally by ferries to and from Boston and Quincy, connecting on weekends and summer weekdays with a shuttle boat to several other islands, Hull, and Hingham. . . . where you can walk a Civil War-era fort, visit historic lighthouses, explore tide pools, hike lush trails, camp under the stars, or relax while fishing, picnicking or swimming-all within reach of downtown Boston. Youth programs, visitor services, research, wildlife management, and more are coordinated on the park's 34 islands and peninsulas by the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. There are many ways to enjoy Boston Harbor Islands and many ways to get there. For more information on how to get to the park by ferry, car, or private boat, please visit www.bostonharborislands.org. Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center Located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center offers visitor information and serves as a waypoint before beginning your journey to the Boston Harbor Islands. Georges Island Visitor Center The Visitor Center on Georges Island occupies a 1906 historic brick building that originally stored and serviced mines for the minefield located in Boston Harbor. The Visitor Center has a ranger-staffed desk, island and harbor information, a short informative movie about Fort Warren, an exhibit on the island's history, and restrooms. All are available during operating hours. Peddocks Island Visitor Center The former Guardhouse for Fort Andrews, the Peddocks Island Visitor Center is located near the dock. An information desk and seating are available with restrooms located on the lower level. Spectacle Island Visitor Center The Spectacle Island Visitor Center has a staffed information desk, a small island exhibit and informative island movie, and restrooms. Beach Dancing A child dancing on the beach at dusk A child dancing on the beach at dusk Kayaking Boston Harbor Islands A man on a kayak in Boston Harbor Kayaking in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreational Area Sunset Over Boston An image of the sun setting over the Boston skyline from the Islands Watch the sunset from Boston Harbor Islands Come Explore The Islands Children looking out at Boston from the Harbor Islands Looking out at the city from the Boston Harbor Islands Fort Warren Historic Fort Warren on Georges Island Visit historic Fort Warren on Georges Island in Boston Harbor National Park Getaway: Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Imagine a place where you can explore tide pools, walk through a Civil War-era fort, climb a lighthouse, hike lush trails and salt marshes, camp under the stars, or relax while fishing, picnicking, or swimming... all within reach of downtown Boston. What better place to start than Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area? Kids sitting around table with park ranger. Citizen Science in the Digital Age With well over 100 citizen-science based apps now available for smartphones, there is no lack of opportunity for people of all ages and affectations to significantly add to the collective knowledge base about many aspects of the natural world. The phrase “there is an app for that” has perhaps never been more true for natural resource monitoring. Students use microscopes to identify pond species at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP Bioblitz. NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Massachusetts Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. Links to products from Baseline Geologic and Soil Resources Inventories provide access to maps and reports. low relief island Designing the Parks: Learning in Action The Designing the Parks program is not your typical internship. Each year since 2013, this program at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation has introduced a cohort of college students and recent graduates to NPS design and planning professions through projects related to cultural landscape stewardship. In the internships, made possible by partner organizations, participants focus on an in-depth project that directly engages with a national park unit. A group of young people stand on forest trail and listen to two maintenance employees The Positive Side of Zero For something that essentially represents "nothingness", the number zero carries a lot of weight when collecting data. a stone zero What’s the Buzz? How Bees Interrelate with Birds, Wildflowers, and Deer Ecosystems are complex and intricate and sometimes have a surprising web of relationships. Learn how deer, bees, birds, and wildflowers connect in the park ecosystems of the northeast. A bee pollinates a wildflower Wild, Wacky, and Weird Weather. What the? A look at the difference between weather and climate. A Vermont blizzard. Species Spotlight - Crazy Snakeworm Because of the scouring action of the ice age, earthworms are not native to the northeast. One species in particular, the crazy snake worm, has the potential to greatly alter the natural forest ecosystems in our region. An earthworm held in a person's hand Species Spotlight - American Oystercatcher American Oystercatchers are one of the many coastal breeding bird species that citizen scientist volunteers help to monitor among Boston Harbor Islands NRA. Learn more about this fascinating bird and how it is fairing off the coast of a large eastern seaboard city. Volunteers help to monitor coastal breeding birds off the coast of Boston. NPS photo. Red, Green and Blue: Identifying Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ Historic Places The National Park Service is committed to preserving and interpreting the history of all Americans in all of its diversity and complexity. 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Sharp-shinned Hawk perched on a branch Preserving Places of Captivity: Civil War Military Prisons in the National Parks During the Civil War, over 400,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were held prisoner at more than 150 diff erent prison sites. Approximately 56,000 of these died in captivity. Although Andersonville is the most famous Civil War prison, it is only one of many Civil War military prisons that are preserved by the National Park Service. Disability History: The NPS and Accessibility The National Park Service strives to make its parks, monuments, and historic sites available to all. Programs, services, and products, such as Braille alternatives of print material, sign language interpretation of tours, accessible camping sites and trails, ramps and elevators make parks more accessible. These are essential to allowing the public to fully enjoy NPS resources. exterior of a log cabin Third System of Coastal Forts How should a country protect its borders? 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Common Precambrian fossils include stromatolites and similar structures, which are traces of mats of algae-like microorganisms, and microfossils of other microorganisms. fossil stromatolites in a cliff face Proterozoic Eon—2.5 Billion to 541 MYA The Proterozoic Eon is the most recent division of the Precambrian. It is also the longest geologic eon, beginning 2.5 billion years ago and ending 541 million years ago fossil stromatolites in a cliff face Green Island Plants Plant list for Green Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Georges Island Plants Plant list for Georges Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Grape Island Plants Plant list for Grape Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Great Brewster Island Plants Plant list for Great Brewster Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Hangman Island Plants Plant list for Hangman Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Calf Island Plants Plant list for Calf Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Deer Island Plants Plant list for Deer Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Langlee Island Plants Plant list for Langlee Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Outer Brewster Island Plants Plant list for Outer Brewster Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Ragged Island Plants Plant list for Ragged Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Slate Island Plants Plant list for Slate Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Rainsford Island Plants Plant list for Rainsford Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. World's End Plants Plant list for World's End surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Little Calf Island Plants Plant list for Little Calf Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Long Island Plants Plant list for Long Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Middle Brewster Island Plants Plant list for Middle Brewster Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Lovell Island Plants Plant list for Lovell Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Little Brewster Island Plants Plant list for Little Brewster Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Nut Island Plants Plant list for Nut Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Raccoon Island Plants Plant list for Raccoon Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Spectacle Island Plants Plant list for Spectacle Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Sheep Island Plants Plant list for Sheep Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Sarah Island Plants Plant list for Sarah Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Peddocks Island Plants Plant list for Peddocks Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Snake Island Plants Plant list for Snake Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Webb State Park Plants Plant list for Webb State Park surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Thompson Island Plants Plant list for Thompson Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Bumpkin Island Plants Plant list for Bumpkin Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Button Island Plants Plant list for Button Island surveyed during a two-year project funded by the Island Alliance to study the vegetation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area.

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