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Our award-winning educational and recreational programs serve 15,000 children and families throughout Greater Boston. Our professional facilitators help schools, colleges, and corporations achieve goals on our challenge courses. We host free public events that celebrate all seasons. We even rent facilities for private functions—and as a non-profit, we reinvest proceeds to further our mission to develop self-confidence, inspire passion for learning, and encourage appreciation for the natural environment.

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Since 1918, we’ve offered programs that serve children and families throughout Greater Boston. And since the 1960s, we’ve proudly opened Hale’s property for public use so that visitors can explore our trails and reflect near our ponds. But you might be surprised to learn this beautiful space is zoned as residential land. While it’s vital to achieving our mission, it’s largely unprotected from development.

We’re glad to welcome you to our community of outdoor enthusiasts and hope you’ll join us in supporting Hale’s mission. Together, we can offer educational and recreational opportunities that develop self-confidence, inspire passion for learning, and encourage appreciation for the natural environment.


Hale has been delivering programs at this site for more than a century, but the longer history of the land—which spans thousands of years—is even richer. Learn about people who’ve called Hale home, from indigenous peoples to the “hardy souls” of Scoutland to our founder and namesake.


People from Dover, Westwood, and surrounding communities visit Hale more than 50,000 times per year. Your support is vital to maintain the impact such use has on the property: Hale is wholly reliant on program revenue and the generosity of donors for upkeep and maintenance.


Our public events celebrate all seasons, from perennial favorites like the Fall Family Scavenger Hunt and Winter Family Fun Day to a regular acoustic concert series that supports local artists. Classes and workshops inspire folks to pick up new hobbies and stay active and healthy.


Our award-winning programs serve more than 15,000 children and families every year. Explore Hale Day Camp, Hale Summer Club, Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures, Intrepid Academy at Hale, and custom teambuilding options for schools, colleges, corporations, and organizations.