Friends of Belle Isle Marsh

Past Events - 2014

2014 FBIM Harvest Festival

Drawing on the beach


Watercolor Workshop at Belle Isle

September 21 and 28th, 2014 noon to 2 PM.

Warercolor Workshop

The Belle Isle Urban Wild is accessible from behind CVS, 1150 Saratoga Street in East Bostonnear the Belle Isle Bridge. Park on the left side of the CVS parking lot, near the drive up window, and walk behind CVS and Excel Academy and along the marsh road to the Urban Wild. The Urban Wild offers great views of the marsh looking toward Short Beach and Beachmont.


East Boston Greenway Connector Community Celebration

Thursday, August 21, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

At the new Wood Island Bay Marsh Overlook on the Greenway

The overlook is a 1/2 mile walk down the new path starting from near Frankfort & Lovell Streets. Please note the Overlook is a currently a turnaround point. Walking, Biking or Public Transportation encouraged. The trail is also accessible from the rear of Wood Island Station on the MBTA Blue Line.


Cupid Splash 2014

Annual Meeting Info

Winter Campfire Festival

Winter Campfire

Past Events - 2013

Sorry, Rain Cancellation!


Discovery Station
Revere Beach

Saturday, October 26th 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Come learn about the interesting natural and cultural history of Revere Beach at this discovery station. Revere Beach is the first public beach in America. The beach is home to interesting plants, shorebirds and animals that live beneath the beach sand.

For more information, contact Matthew Nash
or 781-485-2804, ext. 105

Meet at: A DCR information table set up in the vicinity of William G. Reinstein Bandstand .

Accessible by MBTA Blue line, Revere Beach Station.

Appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult.

Fall 2013 Tree Giveaway

Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), the City of Boston, and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation are partnering to distribute 100 FREE Trees to Boston residents and neighborhood organizations.

Due to the overwhelming interest in planting trees in Boston, 100 FREE trees will be given away on Saturday, October 26! The Free Tree Giveaway is aimed at broadening community level tree planting efforts by giving away free trees to Boston residents, non-profits and community groups. The Grow Boston Greener FREE Fall Tree Giveaway is made possible through the Boston Urban Forest Program, a partnership effort by the Boston Natural Areas Network, the City of Boston's Parks Department, Mayor's Greenovate Boston initiative, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

There is a limit of one free tree per residence and 3 trees per non-profit, community group, neighborhood association, or school. The trees must be planted in Boston. To receive a free tree applicants must fill out a brief form available on line at: and email the completed form to or mail to:

Grow Boston Greener
Attn: Linda Ciesielski
Boston Natural Areas Network
62 Summer Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02110,

Completed applications must be received by Friday, October 18, at 5:00 p.m.

MA Statewide Coastal Cleanup
Winthrop Beach

Saturday, October 19th 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Coastsweep is the annual statewide coastal cleanup in Massachusetts and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), The Ocean Conservancy and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Materials will be provided. Special Instructions: Wear Comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty, a hat and sunscreen. Bring gloves if you have them and water.

Meet at: Winthrop Beach, Winthrop Shore Drive,
across from Dolphin Avenue.

For more information, contact Matthew Nash
or 781-485-2804, ext. 105.

Accessible by Public Transportation.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, The Friends of Winthrop Beaches and Save the Harbor Save the Bay.

Appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult.

Discovery Station
Winthrop Beach

Saturday, October 19th 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Come learn about the interesting natural history of Winthrop Beach at this discovery station. The beach is home to interesting plants, shorebirds and animals that live beneath the beach sand.

For more information, contact Matthew Nash
or 781-485-2804, ext. 105

Meet at: Winthrop Beach, Winthrop Shore Drive,
across from Dolphin Avenue.

Accessible by Public Transportation.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, The Friends of Winthrop Beaches and Save the Harbor Save the Bay.

Appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult.

"New England's Haunted Lighthouses"

October 21, Monday 7 p.m.

Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center
35 Harvard Street, Winthrop,

A Presentation by Historian Jeremy D'Entremont. Sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh. Free and open to the public.

Lighthouses are picturesque icons that remind us of our rich maritime history, but they also have a dark side. Lighthouses and ghost stories often seem to go hand in hand, as confirmed by the many horror stories and movies that have utilized lighthouses as their settings. This presentation will focus on some of the macabre tales of New England’s coastal beacons, including the lovelorn spirit known as Ernie at Connecticut's New London Ledge Light and the piano playing ghost of Maine's Seguin Island Light. Also included will be accounts of strange happenings at two New Hampshire lighthouses, Portsmouth Harbor and White Island.

Jeremy D’Entremont has personally taken part in many lighthouse investigations by paranormal research groups. He calls himself an "open-minded skeptic," and he’ll share some of his personal experiences. He has appeared on the Syfy Channel’s popular "Ghost Hunters" program, as well as "Haunted Lighthouses of America" on the Travel Channel. He has also appeared on the History Channel, Public Television, and National Public Radio speaking about lighthouse history.

Jeremy is a leading expert on New England’s historic lighthouses. He is the author of more than ten books, including "The Lighthouses of Massachusetts," "The Lighthouse Handbook: New England," and "Ocean-Born Mary: The Truth Behind a New Hampshire Legend." He’s a past president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder and operations manager of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. His comprehensive website on New England lighthouses,, was launched in 1997.

Oceanside Campfire
Constitution Beach
East Boston

Friday October 4th, 6:00pm to 8:00 pm

Take pleasure in an Oceanside campfire enjoying toasted marshmallows, good company and dancing on the beach.

For more info., contact DCR Park Ranger Enzo
at 781-485-2803 ext. 109

Meet at: Constitution Beach Bathhouse.

Accessible by MBTA Blueline, Orient Heights Station.

Co-Sponsored by the East Boston YMCA and Save the Harbor Save the Bay.

Appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult.

Environmental Impacts of Casino Development
in the Mystic Watershed

September 25, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Please join the Mystic River Watershed Steering Committee on Wednesday, September 25th at 9:30a.m. to hear presentations on the prospective environmental impacts of both proposed Mystic River casinos – Wynn Resorts in Everett and Suffolk Downs in East Boston. The public is encouraged to attend this important free meeting and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions of each casino proponent. The meeting is hosted by the Mystic River Watershed Association; meeting room and light refreshments provided by Preotle, Lane & Associates.

When: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 9:30AM – 11:45AM

Where: Preotle, Lane & Associates
200 River's Edge Drive, Medford, MA 02155

For more information see:

Melting Ice, Rising Seas, Shifting Shorelines:
The New Reality

Thursday , Sept 26th. 7-8 PM

New England Aquarium's Imax theatre is showing "Melting Ice, Rising Seas, Shifting Shorelines: The New Reality".

Experts say the sea is rising. What will this mean for those of us on the coast? Author John Englander paints a compelling picture that we have now entered an era where sea level rise, is combing with new storm patterns for an unprecedented assault on our shorelines. With prophetic timing his book, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis, was published one week before Hurricane Sandy and describes a super storm hitting Atlantic City and New York. Englander has a fresh perspective that is based on rock-solid geology yet is stunning and entertaining. Discover what “intelligent adaption” steps can take be taken to protect assets now and for future generations.

A Conversation on Climate Change
for Coastal Communities

September 27, 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.

Robert DeLeo Senior Center, Winthrop
35 Harvard St., Winthrop

Coastal Community Citizens will host “A Conversation on Climate Change for Coastal Communities” on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Robert DeLeo Senior Center in Winthrop, Massachusetts from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Featuring Ellen Douglas, PhD and Massachusetts State Representative Frank Smizik. Also speaking are environmental experts from Harvard Medical School and  

Refreshments will be served. Free.

Featured speaker will be Ellen Douglas, PE, PhD, Associate Professor of Hydrology, Hydromorphology, Water Resource Management, School for the Environment, College of Science and Mathematics at University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Douglas’s interests include quantifying the water-related impacts of climate change in the Northeast. In addition to leading ongoing projects worldwide, Dr. Douglas is actively working on communities’ adaptation strategies to climate change in the Northeastern U.S. with a focus on storm water and coastal flooding impacts.
Representative Frank I. Smizik is the Chair of the State House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. Representative Smizik’s comments will include health impacts of climate change.

Environmental experts from Harvard Medical School and will also present at our forum. Following the presentations, our panel will discuss solutions and initiatives and take questions from the audience. Representative Smizik will moderate.

The event is free and open to the public.

The DeLeo Senior Center is located at 35 Harvard St., Winthrop, MA 02152 and is handicapped accessible.

For further information, please contact Suzanne Hitchcock-Bryan at 978-973-5309.

Birds of a Feather
Seabirds and Shorebirds

Tuesday October 1st 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Workshop Presenters: Anne-Marie Runfola, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Matthew Nash, DCR Visitor Services Supervisor

Participants will be treated to a slide show of Stellwagen Sanctuary seabirds and local shorebirds, with discussion of identification tips, adaptations, migration patterns, and seasonal occurrence. The audience will learn why these fascinating bird are so important and how they can get involved. Children’s craft activities will be offered beginning at 6:30 pm for the first ½ hour of the program.

Meet at: Robert A. De Leo Senior Center,
35 Harvard Street, Winthrop.

Co-sponsored by the DCR, Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, and the Friends of Winthrop Beaches.

Appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult.

East Boston Biking Connections

East Boston Greenway

Sunday, August 25 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Meet at Bremen Street Park, near Airport T station entrance

If you’re curious where the East Boston Greenway is headed next, join us on this ride where we’ll explore Eastie’s existing and planned bike facilities. We’ll end the ride at Piers Park with a Zumix concert on the water – a perfect end for a summer evening! Helmets required.

For more information call BNAN at 617-542- 7696 or email

Meteor Watching

Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival

Revere Beach Sand Sculpture

July 19, 20 & 21

Full Schedule

Tidepool Exploration

East Boston Greenway

Annual Deer Island Ride

Sunday, July 28

East Boston Caboose

10:00 a.m. Start at Paul Revere Park, Washington St., Charlestown

10:45 a.m. Or start at East Boston Greenway Caboose
at Marginal and Bremen Streets

Start in Charlestown or meet up with the group in East Boston - either way, you'll ride along streets and off-road paths, enjoying water views on the way out to Deer Island. Jessica Mink will lead us on this annual trek. Helmets required, pre-registration recommended. Contact or 617-542-7696.

Ocean Frontiers Film

Winthrop Beach Cleanup June 22, 3103


May in the Marsh

Spring Festival

Saturday, May 4, 2013 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Hay Ride Horses

Help us herald the Spring together! Join us for a horse-drawn wagon ride from Colby Farms, meet Creature Teachers’ exotic animals, do arts and crafts, go on nature walk or a scavenger hunt, and have more family-friendly fun!

Free and open to the public

At: Belle Isle Marsh parking lot, Bennington St., East Boston

EarthDay 2013 Cleanup

2013 FBIM Annual Meeting

Sunday, March 10th from 2 - 4 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church Hall

222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop

Shawn Carey

Shawn Carey of Migration Productions will be the guest speaker. He will present his latest video project, “Epic Journeys” - Tracking the Migration of Shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere. (more info on the video here) (YouTube video trailer)

piping plover
flock of shorebirds

Nominations for memers of the Board of Directors are welcome and can be sent by email to or by mail to Mary Mitchell, 121 Bartlett Road, Winthrop, MA 02152