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February School Vacation Week 2022 Programs

The Department of Conservation and Recreation have are holding several events at local beaches and at the Belle Isle Marsh. All Programs are free and open to the public. An adult must accompany children. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Dress for the weather including possible ice on the ground. For more information call (781) 656-1485 or email [email protected]  

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation  

Location: DCR’s Belle Isle Marsh Reservation parking lot, 1399 Bennington Street, East Boston 

Saturday, February 19 


7:30–8:30 am  

Explore DCR’s Belle Isle Marsh & vicinity, which are known birding hotspots with a total yearly bird count of about 265 species. We will travel on foot on easy level terrain in search for Snowy Owls and other raptors, native sparrows, finches, and waterfowl. Expect to move to different locations by car or bicycle. Appropriate for Adults and Teens. Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club and the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh. Note that this program meets every month of the year on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month except when occurring on State or National Holidays. 

Wednesday, February  23 and Friday February 25 

Winter Wildlife Detectives  

1:00-2:00 pm & 2:15-3:15 pm  

Can you imagine living outside the entire winter like the coyotes do at Belle Isle Marsh in East Boston? Join a DCR Park Interpreter as we explore the trails of the Marsh searching for signs (tracks, scat and chews) left by the wild creatures that are active during the winter. Appropriate for all ages. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh. 

Revere Beach Reservation 

Location: Meet at DCR’s Revere Beach Reservation on the lawn and nearby beach at Eliot Circle. On the day of the event, look for the lawn signs “DCR Public program today. All are welcome.” 

Thursday February  24  

Saturday Feb 26 

Winter Beach Safari  

10:00-10:45 am & 2:00-2:45 pm  

Did you know that razor clams can rapidly burrow deeper into the sand when disturbed by predators? Join us to learn about the fascinating lives of animals of the seashore and to discover the new treasures of animal shells that have washed up on the beach. Appropriate for all ages.

Mask Mandate for Public Masses to be Lifted on February 28

As of February 28, masks will no longer be required at public Masses in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Priests, Deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are no longer required to wear masks during the distribution of Communion, but the pastor may continue to require it if he wishes to do so.

Masks will also not be required in Parish Faith Formation programs as of February 28.

If a pastor decides that it is not yet time in his community for a dropping of a mask requirement, based on his knowledge of the needs of his particular community, he may continue to require the wearing of masks in his parish.

If the local municipality continues to require the wearing of masks in public places, the parish must comply with those regulations.

Parishes are still required to maintain, mark, and communicate a portion of each worship space as being reserved for those who wish to wear masks and social distance.

Parishes are also encouraged to continue to exercise and encourage caution in all parish activities.

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