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Exciting February Vacation Activities Offered at DCR Properties

The Department of Recreation and Conservation (DCR) has unveiled its initiative to facilitate a stress-free February school vacation week for parents. The agency is presenting 81 engaging and educational activities for children and families throughout Massachusetts from Saturday, February 17, to Sunday, February 25. These activities, ranging from guided hikes to animal tracking and craft making, aim to encourage children to explore the outdoors and develop a bond with nature.

DCR’s Commitment to Environmental Education

DCR’s focus on enhancing access to Massachusetts’ State Park system is underscored by this programming. By fostering a connection with the environment, DCR strives to inspire the younger generation to become environmental stewards. “Our February break programming is an excellent opportunity to blend learning with nature exploration, nurturing a generation of individuals committed to environmental preservation,” remarked DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo. The agency’s dedication to providing inclusive access to outdoor spaces regardless of financial constraints is a core aspect of their mission.

Diverse Offerings Across State Parks

With a total of 102 events planned at 22 state parks and water supply properties, DCR ensures a wide array of opportunities for engagement. During the vacation week, parking fees at parks with programming will be waived, and public skating hours will be extended from 10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. daily. In addition to the special vacation week activities, DCR will continue its regular programs, including hikes, with visitor centers open for the public to enjoy exhibits.

Engagement and Social Media Promotion

DCR encourages participants to share their experiences on social media using @MassDCR. The agency has been actively promoting the February break programming through engaging videos and graphics on various platforms, with plans for continued promotion in the upcoming week.

Highlighted Events in Various Regions

Boston Region

  • An Oasis for Birds at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington Street, Boston – A birding excursion co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club and the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, welcoming adults and children ages 8 and above.
  • 183 Roxbury Street, Boston – Self-guided tours available daily at Roxbury Heritage, offering insights into the historical significance of the Dillaway-Thomas House.

Northeast Region

  • Walden Pond Visitor Center at 915 Walden St., Concord – Visitors can explore exhibits, art, and films that delve into Thoreau’s life and legacy.
  • 915 Walden Street, Concord, MA – Various activities including winter walks, talks about Thoreau, beaver sightings, ice harvesting history, and winter tree identification.

Southeastern Region

  • 860 Hillside St, Milton, MA 02186 – A range of activities including nature crafts, family explorations, adult walking clubs, and themed hikes.

DCR’s Ongoing Initiatives

The February school vacation programming is part of DCR’s broader efforts to provide recreational opportunities for Massachusetts families. Through partnerships and diverse programming, DCR aims to engage youth in sports, art, and nature-focused activities. The agency’s recent initiatives include guided hikes, educational events, and community engagement programs.

For a comprehensive list of all activities offered during the school vacation week, visit the DCR’s website.