One of the things I adore about Boston is that green space is so easily accessible. And whether you reside here or elsewhere, I hope you'll take the time to enjoy today's Be Out There idea: to take a hike, whether it's through the woods (as Jon is doing with Laurel today) or along a river or some other green space for a nature walk (as I've done with Laurel in the past). Laurel especially loves finding nature treasures (e.g., unusual rocks, already-fallen twigs, flowers that actually are weeds, etc.). She uses these treasures to create the sweetest centerpieces (see below).
For locals, I love the Department of Conservation and Recreation website as a resource. They make it super easy to find DCR parks and locations for specific types of nature activities (e.g., hiking, bike paths, nature trails, etc.) and family programs.
Also of note, now through April 25 is the National Park Service National Park Week, during which entrance to national parks across the country is free. Within the state by state listing, participating parks in Massachusetts include: Adams National Historical Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, and Longfellow National Historic Site.
Happy hiking everyone!