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It’s Still Summer

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We’re reformatting Hale’s most popular activities to be safe, physically distant, and best of all, available to everyone, kids and grownups alike. Bask in the sun, go for a paddle, or climb through the trees. After all, it’s still summer.

Summer may look a little different this year, but we’re determined to make it fun!

Enjoy Hale by way of $10 daily parking fees, a $75 season-long parking permit, or a $200 activity pass.

However you choose to join us, you’re sure to find excitement across our 1,137 acres of adventure that include four ponds and 20 miles of trails.

Activity Calendar

What’s happening at Hale tomorrow? How about next week?

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Whether you’re ready to dive in with a permit or pass or just looking to register for a swimming lesson, be sure to sign up in advance.
We had a blast swimming, thank you for finding ways to let everyone still safely enjoy Hale this summer! —Katherine Barry
Hale has been so great throughout this crisis. It’s been a haven for me, to say the least. —Chip Baker, Mountain Biker

Youth Mountain Biking teaches small groups of youth riders to mountain bike on Hale’s 20+ miles of trails and in our private skills park. Participants supply their own equipment, gear, masks, water, and snacks. Physical distancing is observed and masks are required. Details below.

Youth Mountain Biking teaches small groups of youth riders to mountain bike on Hale’s 20+ miles of trails and in our private skills park. Participants supply their own equipment, gear, masks, water, and snacks. Physical distancing is observed and masks are required. Details below.

Youth Mountain Biking

Youth Mountain Biking teaches small groups of youth riders to mountain bike on Hale’s 20+ miles of trails and in our private skills park. Participants supply their own equipment, gear, masks, water, and snacks. Physical distancing is observed and masks are required. Details below.

Hale is an excellent place to enjoy your favorite outdoor pursuits just minutes from home. With more than 20 miles of trails and four ponds, we offer space for hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and more. Need a few ideas? See our Visit page for activities, a map, and policies. Details below.

Hale is an excellent place to enjoy your favorite outdoor pursuits just minutes from home. With more than 20 miles of trails and four ponds, we offer space for hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and more. Need a few ideas? See our Visit page for activities, a map, and policies. Details below.

Passive Recreation

Hale is an excellent place to enjoy your favorite outdoor pursuits just minutes from home. With more than 20 miles of trails and four ponds, we offer space for hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and more. Need a few ideas? See our Visit page for activities, a map, and policies. Details below.

Small Group Activities give families and small groups of 10 or fewer participants opportunities to experience highlights of Hale’s regular programs. You might go for a paddle, climb through the trees, or pretend you’re marooned on an island. If you’re looking for adventure, they’ll help you find it! Details below.

Small Group Activities give families and small groups of 10 or fewer participants opportunities to experience highlights of Hale’s regular programs. You might go for a paddle, climb through the trees, or pretend you’re marooned on an island. If you’re looking for adventure, they’ll help you find it! Details below.

Small Group Activities

Small Group Activities give families and small groups of 10 or fewer participants opportunities to experience highlights of Hale’s regular programs. You might go for a paddle, climb through the trees, or pretend you’re marooned on an island. If you’re looking for adventure, they’ll help you find it! Details below.

Hale doesn’t ordinarily permit private camping, but this summer is a little different! Roll up your sleeping bags, pack your tent, and hop in the car for a short ride to a campsite that feels like it’s hours away. Even better? It comes with firewood and private restrooms. Details below.

Hale doesn’t ordinarily permit private camping, but this summer is a little different! Roll up your sleeping bags, pack your tent, and hop in the car for a short ride to a campsite that feels like it’s hours away. Even better? It comes with firewood and private restrooms. Details below.

Family Camping

Hale doesn’t ordinarily permit private camping, but this summer is a little different! Roll up your sleeping bags, pack your tent, and hop in the car for a short ride to a campsite that feels like it’s hours away. Even better? It comes with firewood and private restrooms. Details below.

Beach Time affords you and up to five other members of your household three hours of fun in the sun on a physically distanced spot on the shore of Noanet Pond. Open swimming will be available as conditions permit. Spaces must be reserved and paid for in advance. Details below.

Beach Time affords you and up to five other members of your household three hours of fun in the sun on a physically distanced spot on the shore of Noanet Pond. Open swimming will be available as conditions permit. Spaces must be reserved and paid for in advance. Details below.

Beach Time

Beach Time affords you and up to five other members of your household three hours of fun in the sun on a physically distanced spot on the shore of Noanet Pond. Open swimming will be available as conditions permit. Spaces must be reserved and paid for in advance. Details below.

Hale Day Camp and Hale Summer Club may be on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean kids can’t enjoy some of their favorite activities on a smaller scale. Hale is offering physically distanced, multi-day adventures in week-long formats. Details below.

Hale Day Camp and Hale Summer Club may be on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean kids can’t enjoy some of their favorite activities on a smaller scale. Hale is offering physically distanced, multi-day adventures in week-long formats. Details below.

Camps

Hale Day Camp and Hale Summer Club may be on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean kids can’t enjoy some of their favorite activities on a smaller scale. Hale is offering physically distanced, multi-day adventures in week-long formats. Details below.

Passive Recreation

From June 15 to September 7, Hale’s property is open from 8 AM to 8 PM daily. Click here to learn about passes, permits, and fees.

Hiking

With more than 20 miles of trails—from Native American footpaths to a historic forest road—Hale offers unique trails for all abilities. You’ll find QR codes posted at many trailheads that you can scan to download our trail map. At this time, remember to wear a mask if others approach and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance when passing other visitors.

Fishing

The big one awaits! Fishing is permitted along the shores of our ponds. Catch-and-release is strongly encouraged. At this time, remember to wear a mask if others approach and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from other visitors.

Mountain Biking

Hale’s trails, especially the unmarked ones, challenge all levels of mountain bikers. During the pandemic please yield to other users—stop when others approach, put on a mask, maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance, and give them plenty of time to pass.

StoryWalk®

Our youngest explorers will discover a StoryWalk® near the Andrew Cucchiara Learning Center (ACLC). At this time, remember to wear a mask if others approach, maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from other visitors, avoid touching surfaces.

Hale at Home

Hale at Home can help you find nature in your back yard with educational videos and fun activities that you can watch and do in and around the house on your own time. It’s freely available to the public.

Activities and Programs

The number of activities and programs we provide will increase as summer progresses and guidance from the Department of Public Health permits. Changes should be expected, but know we will always prioritize the safety of our staff and the Hale community. Regardless of how activities and programs ebb and flow, we anticipate Hale’s Summer 2020 season will last until Labor Day.

OPEN NOW

Several activities and programs are open for participation. Please note that some of these activities will have very limited capacity. Small Group Activities are to be enjoyed by members of the same household. With the exception of Camps and Hale on Wheels, no drop-offs are permitted—minors need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Beach Time

We’ve opened South Beach (at Hale Summer Club) for Beach Time. Your reservation provides a physically distanced 12×12-foot spot for up to 6 beachgoers and includes open swimming supervised by our Red Cross certified lifeguards. A limited number of spots are available daily for three hours at a time from 9 AM–12 PM, 1–4 PM, and 5–8 PM. Do not register for more than one time slot per day, as all beachgoers need to vacate the beach for cleaning and shift changes between time slots. Please change into and out of your swimsuit at home, and in addition to your towel and sunscreen, remember your mask! Blocks of Beach Time range from $35 for passholders to $50 for the general public. Click here to register.

Boats and Paddleboards

Rent a canoe, rowboat, kayak, or SUP and paddle the peaceful waters of Noanet Pond. Watercraft are available at North Beach and Noanet Landing. Children under the age of 13 may captain their own boats IF a parent/guardian accompanies them in another boat. Children 13+ may captain their own boats without an adult provided a parent/guardian supervises them from the beach. 90-minute rentals range from $20–25 for passholders and $30–35 for the general public. Click here to register.

Archery

Enjoy an hour on our archery range. One of Hale’s archery specialists will teach you to pull a bow and safely take aim at your target’s bullseye. This activity isn’t recommended for children under the age of 6. Each session is $35 per group for passholders and $50 for the general public.  Click here to register.

Challenge Course (Low Ropes)

You’re never too old to climb a tree (but if you’re under the age of 8, you can be too young). Our challenge course specialists guide kids and families on facilitated climbs beneath Hale’s canopy. Each 90–minute climb requires 4–7 participants and is $100 per group for passholders and $135 per group for the general public. Click here to register.

Shipwreck Family Challenge

A challenge like no other, it’s a race against time! Start a fire, boil water, catch a fish, build a shelter, send an SOS. Outdoor guides will share survival expertise as you navigate one of our favorite activities. This activity isn’t recommended for children under the age of 6. A two-hour experience is $75 per group (up to 4 participants) for passholders and $110 for the general public. If you have more than 4 people in your party, up to two groups may combine. Click here to register.

Family Camping

On Friday and Saturday nights, a limited number of families will be able to pitch tents and camp under the stars at Hale. Each site includes access to potable water, a private bathroom, and wood to build a campfire. Check–in starts at 3 PM and check–out is no later than 12 PM. Sites cost $80 per night and are only available to passholders. Sites include:

Firefly—Located behind the Simches Family Center, Firefly sits on a wooded hill roughly 150 yards from the Trading Post parking lot. This historic area features Storrow Pond, where you can watch beavers and other wildlife.

Fern Valley—If you’d like to be near your car, Cat Rock Parking Lot is just a few yards away from this site. Watch the sun set from North Beach and look for lightning bugs in Cat Rock Field.

Fox Hill—Another site with parking nearby. A short stroll from Fox Hill will take you through the woods and into the Cucchiara Orchard, where you’ll find a variety of birds and butterflies.

Click here to register.

Swimming Lessons

Private Swimming Lessons include 45 minutes with a dedicated American Red Cross certified instructor. Group Swimming Lessons accommodate up to four children per session. Level 1 and 2 swimmers must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian (click here to determine the level of your swimmer). Please note that lessons do not include Beach Time; parents and guardians who do not participate may wait in the picnic area for their children to complete lessons. Each lesson is $25 for passholders and $40 for the general public. Click here to register.

Camps

We offer half- and full-day, week-long, drop-off camps for ages 4 and up. They feature small, physically distanced but socially tight-knit groups, low camper-to-counselor ratios, and modified versions of classic activities. Camps are organized by age and named by location. Half-day tuition is $325 for passholders and, space permitting, $400 for the general public. Full-day tuition is $650 for passholders and, space permitting, $750 for the general public. Click here to register.

Youth Mountain Biking

Hale on Wheels Youth Mountain Biking is a week-long drop-off program for ages 9–13. Small groups of riders (assigned by skill level, which we assess) explore Hale’s 20+ miles of trails and skills park. Participants supply their own equipment, gear, masks, water, and snacks. Physical distancing and masks are required. Half-day tuition is $350 per week for passholders and, space permitting, $450 per week for the general public. Full-day tuition is $700 per week for passholders and, space permitting, $850 per week for the general public. Click here to register.

Youth Wilderness Survival

Youth Wilderness Survival is a week-long drop-off program for ages 9–13. Participants supply their own masks, water, and snacks, but with few other supplies, are challenged to learn outdoor survival skills as they build fires, forage for edible plants, navigate with a compass, fish with a line and stick, and build rafts. Full-day tuition is $700 per week for passholders and, space permitting, $850 per week for the general public. Click here to register.

Adult Lap Swim

90-minute sessions offer lane-free open swimming at North Beach supervised by Red Cross certified lifeguards. Please note changing facilities are not available. Click here to register.

COMING SOON

As restrictions ease, we plan to introduce programs that hearken back to the Hale you know and love.

Adult Fitness

Hale’s outdoor Adult Fitness classes will vary throughout the season and may include HIIT, Zumba®, yoga, aqua jogging, and more. We’ll post rates and registration details as they become available.

Challenge Course (High Ropes)

You’re never too old to climb a tree (but if you’re under the age of 8, you can be too young). Our challenge course specialists guide kids and families on facilitated climbs through Hale’s canopy. Each 90–minute climb is $100 per group for passholders and requires 4–7 participants. It’s $135 per group for the general public.

Passes, Permits, and Fees

Explore More Pass

$200 per family, per season

Our Explore More Pass includes the same privileges as our Stick with Hale Permit plus discounts and early registration for activities and programs. If you miss Hale Day Camp or Hale Summer Club, it’s made for you.

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Stick with Hale Permit

$75 per family, per season

Our Stick with Hale Permit entitles you to park at Hale every day (space permitting) until Labor Day and enjoy season-long access for walking, hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking, and passive recreation. It does allow dogs.

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Daily Parking Fee

$10 per vehicle, per day

A Daily Parking Fee allows you to park one passenger vehicle in one lot from open to close and enjoy walking, hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking, and passive recreation. It does not allow dogs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Hale's summer hours?
From June 15 to September 7, Hale’s hours are 8 AM to 8 PM daily. Any vehicles that remain in parking lots after gates close are subject to being ticketed and/or towed.
Do I have to pay to access Hale?
As of June 15, payment is required if you plan to park on site. Parking is included if you register for an activity or program. If you access the property on foot, you acknowledge that you’ve reviewed and agree to abide by our Visitor Guidelines and COVID-19 Policies.
I don't have a permit or pass, but I registered for an activity or program. Do I have to pay to park, too?
No. Parking is included for activity and program registrants. We do hope you’ll consider a Stick with Hale Permit or Explore More Pass, though—it provides significant discounts on activities and programs, and supports Hale during a particularly difficult summer!
How will I receive my parking decal?
Anyone who purchases a Stick with Hale Permit or Explore More Pass will receive two parking decals upon their first visit. These may be picked up from the ambassador at Hale’s main entrance (80 Carby Street).
What’s the dog policy?
From June 15 to September 7, you must hold a Stick with Hale Permit or Explore More Pass to bring a dog to Hale. Dogs must be leashed at all times and are not allowed on beaches or in ponds. Owners are required to properly dispose of waste. Dog walking services are prohibited. Regularly review our Visitor Guidelines and COVID-19 Policies for the latest rules and regulations that pertain to dogs. On a lighter note, we hope you’ll tag photos of you and your obedient pup! We like to use #dogsathale.
How do I get to Hale?
Hale’s main entrance is 80 Carby Street, Westwood. The South Beach (Hale Summer Club) entrance is opposite 576 Dover Road, Westwood. Please review our Visitor Guidelines and Map and COVID-19 Policies prior to your arrival.
How does Beach Time work?
Like other Small Group Activities, Beach Time must be reserved and paid for in advance. Small groups of people from the same household are able to reserve physically distanced spaces on our beaches for up to three hours at a time.
Is swimming allowed?
Swimming in Noanet Pond is only permitted at South Beach by way of an activity or program, and only in designated areas. For example, you might swim during Beach Time, or sign your child up for Swimming Lessons. Swimming is not permitted at North Beach, Noanet Landing, Storrow Pond, or Powissett Pond.
Are activities, events, and programs included?
Passholders enjoy priority registration and up to 30% discounts on activities and programs, but most—with the exception of our Virtual Programs and Passive Recreation, which are free—are not included in the price of a permit or pass. Some activities, events, and programs are limited to passholders.
What if the weather is bad?
Generally, Hale is open during inclement weather, but we may open late, close early, or postpone/cancel activities and programs if conditions are particularly dangerous. We email closure and cancelation information to participants any time such a decision is made—so if you haven’t received an email, it’s safe to assume the activity or program will operate as scheduled.
How bad must weather be to close or cancel an activity?
Thunder and/or lightning requires closure of the water for at least 30 minutes without any subsequent thunder and/or lightning. This includes swimming and boating. In the event of thunder and/or lightning, we also close Archery, Shipwreck, and our Challenge Courses. Staff members may, at their discretion, require families to leave program areas and shelter in their vehicles while a storm passes.
Will I be refunded if Hale closes or cancels an activity due to bad weather?
If Hale cancels an activity prior to its start time due to inclement weather, we’ll credit participant accounts with the full value of the program.
What is your refund policy?

Activity and program registrations are not transferable. Explore More Passes, Stick with Hale Permits, and Daily Parking Fees are non-refundable. Cancellations and changes for Activities are handled as follows: Cancellations and changes for activities are handled as follows: If they are requested 7 days or more before an activity, we’ll issue a 100% account credit; if cancellations are requested less than 7 days before (and until registration closes at 5 PM the day before) an activity we’ll issue a 50% account credit; if changes are requested less than 7 days before (and until registration closes at 5 PM the day before) an activity, we’ll apply a $5 change fee. Cancellation and change requests are only accepted by phone (781-326-1770) Monday through Friday from 9 AM–4:30 PM. If weather or other circumstances require Hale to cancel an activity or program, registrants are issued credit for use at a later date. Withdrawals from this summer’s Camp and Youth Mountain Biking programs less than two weeks before a program begins will be issued credit. If weather or other circumstances require Hale to cancel a program, credit will be issued on a pro-rated basis at Hale’s discretion. Unused credit will be refunded by request after September 7; otherwise, remaining credit may be used toward future activities and programs.

Given the pandemic, is it safe to go to Hale?
As always, we are doing our best to provide a clean and safe environment. That includes regularly wiping down surfaces, sanitizing equipment and gear, and exercising best practices for hygiene. Our COVID-19 Policies are in effect to protect visitors, program participants, and staff members and to adhere to state and federal guidance to prevent spread of the virus. Moreover, we’ve suspended bus service, altered activity logistics to maximize distance between visitors and program participants, and trained our staff members in sanitation protocols. Click here to learn more about our approach to prevention and preparedness.
What happened to Hale Day Camp and Hale Summer Club?
Hale’s board and staff members carefully reviewed Governor Baker’s guidelines for Reopening Massachusetts, as well as guidance from the American Camp Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We concluded that physical distancing and safety protocols preclude much of what makes our flagship programs so special. Since we will not be able to deliver those experiences, after careful consideration, the Board of Directors voted to suspend both Hale Day Camp and Hale Summer Club for this season. That doesn’t mean they won’t be back next year, though—and we’ve redesigned a number of fun activities and programs to tide us over until then!
Can I hold a private event at Hale?
Yes, you may. Please review our Rentals page and submit a rental inquiry if you’d like to schedule a birthday party, family gathering, or small group function.
I still have questions. Who should I contact?
Call 781-326-1770 or email stillsummer@hale1918.org for more information.

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