May 18th ~ Boston, Massachusetts

Location: Fan Pier and Thompson Island
Local Organizer: Kelly Fellner & Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area Park Rangers
617/223-8666; www.bostonislands.org

Join us and the Boston Harbor Island's National Park partnership to celebrate "Island Splash", our first "Gulf of Maine Day", and help kick off National Safe Boating Week. It should be a great day of fun in Boston Harbor, home of remote islands with an urban backdrop!

Take the ferry from Fan Pier, in the heart of Boston, where the Expedition team and local outfitters (Eastern Mountain Sports, Bob Smith's Wilderness House, and MTI Adventurewear) will demonstrate sea kayak safety skills and rescue techniques.

The Expedition will also join festivities at the Thompson Island Outward Bound Educational Center. Scheduled activities include: music, a presentation of the Gulf of Maine and the Expedition, kayak skills and safety, Leave No Trace workshop for paddlers, scavenger hunts, an evolving Gulf of Maine Mural Project, tours of the island, concessions, and exhibits from Park partners.

The event is free but there is an $8 charge to ride ferries to the islands. Ferries depart Fan Pier at 10:30 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30, and 3:00 p.m.

Partners involved include the U.S. Coast Guard and local, state, federal agencies and non-profit organizations.