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Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the event?

April 22, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Boston Common. 

There will be kid-centric entertainment from 1:00 until 2:00 followed by science demonstrations and kid activities until 4:00.

At the main stage area, there will be music from 1:00-2:00 followed by speakers from 2:00-4:00.

For more information explore Event Details.

What speakers and entertainment will be there?

You can view a partial list of speakers here. Be sure to check back, as we will be adding more speakers as we get closer to the event.

There will also be local musicians, booths, and tons of kids' entertainment.

How can I keep up to date with the event?

This website will be frequently updated, but you can also follow us on our social media accounts. You can also sign up for periodic email updates at our event page.

We also now have an app! You can download the Android version here and an iOS version will be out shortly. Cell reception may be poor during the event but the app will have content such as maps, schedules, accessibility information, and guidelines available without a signal. (Please note the android store will be down for maintenance on April 22 so please download prior to the day of the event.)

How can I let you know about my accessibility needs or concerns?

Our accessibility committee is working hard to ensure that this event is accessible and enjoyable to all. Please fill out our form so we can better understand your needs.

Are dogs allowed at the event?

Dogs on leashes are allowed on the Boston Common, but we do caution that it will be loud and very crowded. Please take into consideration that 50,000 people, music, chanting, and speeches being blasted over concert style AV speakers may upset some dogs. We encourage people to take their dogs' personalities into account when deciding if they should bring them.

We also remind people that the area where the event will happen requires all dogs be leashed. Not only is this required by city and park regulations, but it will also ensure the safety of both the dogs and attendees.

The kids' zone will only allow service dogs. This will be a small area to the side of the main rally with children's entertainment and science demonstration tables.

Where can I park?

Parking is available in the garage underneath the Boston Common, however it will fill up quickly so be sure to arrive very early if you plan to use it. bostoncommongarage.com

There are also many parking garages around the Boston Common. However, it may be easier to park at a large transit station such as Alewife and take the T into the city. It would be significantly cheaper and you would not have to deal with traffic from people all leaving the march at the same time. You can find information about parking at transit stations here: http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/parking/

Public transit or joining a community march remains the easiest way to get to the Boston Common on event day. There are also buses being arranged - please see http://rallybus.net/march-for-science-on-boston/

What can I bring to the Boston Common?

No weapons, drugs, alcohol, glass containers, or fireworks. The city also requests no large bags unless they are clear or mesh. Purses, diaper bags, small bags, and see-through bags are fine.

We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, snacks, any medication you require, and that you wear a hat and comfortable shoes.

Please be aware the kids' corner is smoke-free and nut-free.

Are there any rules for signs? 

The city requests you not use anything that can become a weapon. That means no sticks, flagpoles, or large pieces of wood or metal. You may use a paper towel roll stapled to a sign or you can try cutting an oblong hole near the bottom to make it easier to hold.

Please also keep in mind that this is a non-partisan family friendly event. We hope your signs, slogans, and artwork will reflect that.

How can I donate or purchase an official t-shirt?

We collect donations both directly and through merchandise sales at our store. Please note that all shirts will arrive after the event as it is now too late to receive them in time. Any excess fundraising will go towards science education and advocacy non-profits in the area.

My company or organization would like to sponsor the event. How can we do that?

Learn more about our sponsorship and endorsements options at this page. You can also contact us directly if you prefer.

What is our Logo?

Our logo is the iconic Zakim Bridge, chosen for several reasons. It is well-known symbol of Boston, but it also represents the ways the city connects to Massachusetts and New England as a whole. As a feat of structural engineering, it reminds us how science impacts our lives every day in vital and practical ways. The bridge is named after civil rights activist Lenny Zakim who spent his life working to end violence and hate by bringing people of all backgrounds and identities together. We hope that the March for Science Boston will be a similar call to action that unites the diverse population of Massachusetts together to celebrate and advocate for science. Thank you to our designer Handan Luo for donating her design.

Why a rally and not a march?

Due to the anticipated high number of attendees, safety concerns, and accessibility, we are focusing our activities on a largely stationary event at Boston Common. This will include booths, speakers, and a family area.  Attendees are encouraged to bring signs and enjoy a festival and rally atmosphere. 

There will be numerous community marches to the Boston Common. We encourage people to find a community march that is aligned with their interests (university, librarian, neighborhood, medical field, etc.) and march with them. Find your community march here!

What can I do to spread the word about the march? 

Tell your friends, family, and co-workers! Share our posters, sign up on our eventbrite, and show up April 22! 

What accessibility resources are provided?

The MBTA Ride, Lyft, and Uber all have dropoff points along Charles Street near the main stage area. We will have volunteers available to assist anyone who needs help getting around the event.

ASL interpreters will be at the main stage for speakers and ADA area, at the information booth, and in the kids' corner for speakers and as floaters for children and their families. We are currently seeking additional ASL interpreters - please email organizers@marchforscienceboston.com if you are interested in helping.

The Boston Common is accessible via the Park Street MBTA station, which has elevator access to the Common.  An ADA area has been designated near the main stage (Charles Street and Beacon Street) for participants in wheel chairs, who require ASL interpreter access, or who are unable to stand for protracted periods.  For vehicles using a chair lift to load and unload, the City recommends the address of 20 Charles Street South as a safe option.

There will also be Sensory break areas by the Medical Tent and Kids' Corner. Additionally, we have a breastfeeding tent for any mothers who would prefer privacy while breastfeeding.

All volunteers are required to read an ADA event packet and can help with whatever you need. We also have an information desk that will have a member of our accessibility team available to assist further. If you have any needs that are not addressed here, please contact us at organizers@marchforscienceboston.com.

I'm a member of the press. Where can I pick up my press pass?

If you filled out our form there will be a press pass for you at the information booth by the Charles Street entrance. For those who did not fill out our form press passes are available on a first come first serve basis to members of established press organizations.

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Event information

Rally at the Boston Common
April 22, 2017
1:00-4:00 PM
Rally, Speakers, Music, Kids' Activities

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