The town of Bourne is divided into two sections by the Cape Cod Canal, with Wareham and Plymouth along its northern border and Falmouth to the south. In total, Bourne is 41 square miles in size, and 83% of the town is located within the Buzzards Bay watershed. Bourne’s 66 miles of coastline extend south from Buttermilk Bay along Buzzards Bay’s eastern shore to Megansett Harbor. As of the 2010 Census, Bourne was home to 19,754 residents.

Top Stories in Bourne

Thirty years and hundreds of thousands of data points later

The Baywatchers water quality monitoring program started its 2021 season in late May, marking its 30th season of operation and making it one of the nation’s longest running and largest water quality monitoring efforts involving citizen scientists.

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Bay Adventures are back with a full summer schedule

The Coalition is launching a full schedule of free outdoor activities for the summer, resuming its Bay Adventure program, which aims to connect people to outdoor fun on Buzzards Bay and its watershed lands.

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Seventeen places to see (hear and smell) the signs of spring

The best way to celebrate the spring season is to get outside and savor the re-awakening that is taking place. You’ll find the signs of spring in the woodlands, wetlands, salt marshes, and waters of Buzzards Bay. Here’s a quick list of places you are most likely to spy hopeful signs of the warmer weather that is on its way as well as some pointers on what to look for.

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Upcoming Events in Bourne

Night Heron Kayak Drawing
Tue, June 01 -
Sun, September 19
Buzzards Bay Coalition,
New Bedford
Summer Story Walks
Wed, June 02 -
Tue, August 17
Acushnet

Places To Go in Bourne

Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

If you want to take an easygoing, scenic bike ride, look no further than the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway in Bourne.

Four Ponds Conservation Area – Bourne Town Forest

Explore tranquil ponds, wetlands, and woods at Bourne's Four Ponds Conservation Area and Town Forest in Pocasset.

Lawrence Island

Whether by foot or on a kayak, make time to explore the sandy, protected shores of Lawrence Island in Cataumet.

Current Issues

Nitrogen Pollution

Nitrogen pollution is the greatest long-term threat to the health of Buzzards Bay. We all contribute nitrogen pollution to our local waterways. Fortunately, we can all do our part to stop it.

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Working to Save Buzzards Bay

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: