The Great Park Pursuit is On!

Join the Great Park Pursuit at any Massachusetts state park, including the Charles River Reservation. Image via MassDCR.

Join the Great Park Pursuit at any Massachusetts state park, including the Charles River Reservation. Image via MassDCR.

Spend the summer outdoors with your family at the Great Park Pursuit! This summer-long event is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style team exploration of Massachusetts’ state parks, from Bash Bish Falls to Halibut Point. All you have to do is check out either the DCR’s state park maps or its calendar of events, pick six to attend, photograph yourself at a park with the Great Park Pursuit squirrel, and post it to your team’s homepage. To get started, go here, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the registration link.

The Great Park Pursuit squirrel. Image via MassDCR.

The Great Park Pursuit squirrel. Image via MassDCR.

There is one catch: all teams must include at least one adult and at least one person under 18. The event begins today, but your registration isn’t due until August 21. Teams that make at least six trips to DCR parks or events (and snap a photo of themselves with the Great Park Pursuit squirrel!) will be invited to the Grand Finale Celebration at Otter River State Forest in Baldwinville on Saturday, August 24, from 12pm-4pm.

Just to be clear, there are no real rules about what your personal Great Park Pursuit looks like—climbing Mount Greylock counts the same as watching “Wreck It Ralph” at the Hatch Shell. Attend or visit any combination of parks and DCR events and post a photo of yourself with the Great Park Pursuit squirrel, and you’ll be invited to the Grand Finale in August. If you have any questions, please contact the DCR Great Park Pursuit Team via email at parks.pursuit@state.ma.us or by telephone at 617-626-1450.

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