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About Share the Harbor
Inspired by the success of our All Access Boston Harbor Program and overwhelming demand for cruises, in 2018 Save the Harbor piloted our “Share the Harbor Initiative” as a way to reach a new audience of adults, friends and families of the youth who traditionally participate in our free programs, and for them to take advantage of Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands. With a nearly $80 fare for a family of four to take a public ferry out to the Harbor Islands, we fully expected our free Share the Harbor cruises to be extremely popular. That said, we were still surprised by the overwhelming public response to this year’s free island excursions and harbor cruises. This pilot program was an enormous success, connecting nearly 4,000 of the region’s residents from 143 communities to the harbor and the islands.
Save the Harbor is committed to building on this success by expanding this program to connect 5,000-6,000 youth, teens, and families from around the Greater Boston region to the spectacular urban natural resources that are just a 30-minute ferry from Downtown Boston, while eliminating the financial barrier of a purchasing a ferry ticket.
These free Share the Harbor Cruises are made possible with support from Cronin Development, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, MADEP, and Bay State Cruise Company.
In the spring, summer and fall Save the Harbor/Save the Bay hosts 10 free Share the Harbor excursions. The program will begin in the spring, with three free Marine Mammal Safaris featuring wheelhouse narration on the lifecycles of seals and porpoises, as well as stories and songs of the sea by Save the Harbor’s storyteller, song leader, and program staff. In June we host a free trip to Boston Light, featuring songs and stories performed by our team, focusing on the history of American lighthouses. In July, August, September and October we host 6 free trips to the Boston Harbor Islands, with wheelhouse narration and landside presentation and discussion on the history of theislands we visit.
On board the Provincetown II and once we arrive on Spectacle or Georges Island, we provide participants with free environmental education programs and activities based on our suite of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and Humanities focused curriculum. We are constantly refining this curriculum, which currently includes STEAM units that focus on marine science such as Fishing 101 and Flatfish Printing and Flounder Anatomy. This curriculum also includes archeological explorations like the Treasures of Spectacle Island and units on tide, shellfish, crustaceans, and invasive species like the Asian Shore Crab, Tunicates and the Periwinkle. We have incorporated arts units developed by acclaimed intertidal artist Andres Amador and environmental artist Robyn Reed to highlight theeverchanging intertidal landscape and the effect of plastic pollution on the marine ecosystem. We have also worked with humanities scholars and educators including storyteller Norah Dooley, harbor historian and song leader David Coffin, and author and historian Eric Jay Dolin to develop a Stories and Songs of the Sea curriculum, highlighting Boston’s rich maritime history, including stories of young men and women of many races and nationalities from the Age of Sail.
We also provide participants with printed materials and online resources to continue the learnings and the discussion, including our 2017 broadsheet Haul Away Together: All Hands on Deck and our newly revised Boston Harbor Explorer’s Guide. We also use our program blog and social media, as well as lyric writing and storytelling contests and treasure hunts to continue the learnings.
Share the Harbor is central to our mission of integrating Boston Harbor, the waterfront, beaches and islands into the fabric of the civic, cultural, community, and economic life of the city and the region. Through our work, we expose the region’s underserved youth, teens, and families to opportunities for education and recreation and inspire a new generation of Boston Harbor stewards who understand that these spectacular urban natural resources belong to them and their community.