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Boots N Brews

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Join us for Boots N Brews, a hike and beer tasting, on Saturday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. The hike is designed for young adults who would like to explore the Blue Hills Reservation, meet other members and sample some delicious beers!   After a 2 hour hike along popular Blue Hills trails, hikers who are 21 years and older will have the opportunity to visit nearby Blue Hills Brewery for a private beer sampling and tour of the facility at 12:30.  Meet at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 10:00 am.  Space is limited, so rsvp to 

Join us at our 35th year Annual Celebration

Judy Leiberman and daughter Aurora Kesseli enjoy looking at silent auction items (2)

Save the Date: October 9

Help us Celebrate our 35th Year!

Friends of the Blue Hills Annual Celebration

Thursday, October 9, 7-9 p.m.

Fuller Village, 1372 Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA

Please join us for the Annual Celebration of the Friends of the Blue Hills on Thursday, October 9! We will be celebrating the Blue Hills, our members and friends, and everything we have accomplished together over the past 35 years! Our keynote speaker is Joseph Bagley, the City Archaeologist of Boston, who will discuss how the Native American tribes were the original stewards of the Blue Hills [...]

Enter the Houghton’s Pond Trail Race (You still have time to train!)

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Registration is now open for the Eleventh Annual Houghton’s Pond Trail Race, which will be held on Sunday, October 5 at 9:00 AM.  We’re grateful to Colonial Runners for donating part of the proceeds from this race to the Friends of the Blue Hills!

REGISTER ONLINE and review information about the race. There is no service fee for online registration! A mail-in application form will be posted in about a week on the Colonial Road Runners website, www.colonialrunners.org. Or, email John Goldrosen and her can send you one either as an email attachment or by mail.

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Join us for the 35th Year Celebration Parade at the Cool Summer Fest

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Join us for the 35th celebration parade at the Cool Summer Fest  with the Kickin Brass Band!  Bring your family and friends and come early to make your own instruments and decorations and at noon we’ll parade around Houghton’s Pond!

The Cool Summer Fest at Houghton’s Pond runs from 10am to 3pm. You’ll can learn to fish, play water games, make crafts, see live wild animals and even get your face painted.

More on the Cool Summer Fest and schedule of events.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Blue Hills Bank, Doctors Express, Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Thomas [...]

Believe it or not.. we’ll have faeries at the Summer Fest July 26

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Say hello to Autumn the Faerie at the Cool Summer Fest on July 26th at Houghton’s Pond!  Feel free to bring the Harry Potters, Superheros and Princesses in your own family to join the fun!  Throughout the day everyone will enjoy water games, fishing, face painting, live animals – and more!  You can even participate in the parade at noon around the pond with the Kickin’ Brass Band.

More details on this fun children’s summer activity.

For a Cool Summer Fest schedule.

 

The Cool Summer Fest is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors:

How Many Deer are there in the Blue Hills?

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The deer population in the Blue Hills is ten times the desired levels for this region, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife

Last month, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife released the results of the first site-specific study of deer population in the Blue Hills.

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife deer density goal for the Blue Hills is 6 – 8 deer per square mile. The DFW’s conservative estimate of deer density in the Blue Hills Reservation is 85 deer per square mile.

The estimated deer population is about 10 [...]

Go Out and Play: Check Every day!

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Over 300 fourth grade ‘Future Problem Solvers’ from Milton public schools helped their community reduce Lyme disease this spring. Friends of the Blue Hills teamed up with Milton Public Health Director Carolyn Kinsella to introduce students to the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and how the increase in Lyme disease has been linked to the declining health of our forests. Students then shared what they learned by designing posters to help educate the community.

Above poster by Madeleine Miller: below by Caroline Cannata.

 

Join the Parade July 26th!

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Bring your friends and family to this year’s Cool Summer Fest – and stamp your feet to the rhythms of The Kickin Brass Band! Come early to make your own instruments and costumes and at noon we’ll parade around Houghton’s Pond!

The Cool Summer Fest at Houghton’s Pond runs from 10am to 3pm. You’ll can learn to fish, play water games, make crafts, see live wild animals and birds and even get your face painted.

More on the Cool Summer Fest and schedule of events.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Blue Hills Bank, Doctors Express, Mass Division of Fisheries [...]

Budget Includes Increase for Environmental Programs

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The Friends of the Blue Hills is part of a statewide coalition of environmental groups called the Environmental Collaborative, facilitated by the Environmental League of Massachusetts.  As part of this coalition, we advocate for statewide policies that help the Blue Hills, such as increased funding for environmental agencies.  We are particularly interested in making sure the agency that manages the Blue Hills (the Department of Conservation and Recreation) has adequate funding.

While there was an overall increase for environmental programs, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is still funded below the level it was funded before the recession in FY2009.

Bottle Bill Signatures Delivered: Measure Goes to November 4th Ballot

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The Blue Hills Reservation is one step closer to being cleaner!  Thanks to all your support, the petition signature drive to update the state’s bottle bill has been successful!

The Friends of the Blue Hills worked with a large group of other organizations to complete the signature drive.

Here’s an update from one of the campaign’s leaders, the Environmental League of Massachusetts:

Wednesday a large group gathered on the steps of the Secretary of State’s office to announce the successful completion of a petition signature drive to update the state’s bottle bill. Proponents delivered over 19,000 signatures to Sec. [...]

You’ll Find Lots to Do at the Summer Fest!

Clemintine and Sofie Consentino from Roslindale

Here’s what you can do at the Cool Summer Fest!

Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Presented by DCR and Friends of the Blue Hills

(See this fun summer event description.)

 

Schedule of Events

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fishing and Catch & Release Pool

Miss Money and free popsicles- Blue Hills Bank Tent

Colored cast wraps – Doctors Express Tent

Obstacle course and water games

Arts & Crafts

Asian Longhorn Beetle Information

Music [...]

Celebrating 35 Years: Photo Contest

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The Friends of the Blue Hills has dedicated the last 35 years to protecting and preserving the Blue Hills so that we can all continue to enjoy this natural treasure!

Help us celebrate by entering your favorite photos going to, from or standing at a Strive for 35 Challenge location or activity.  Include your companions – wild or otherwise – or your amazing natural surroundings.  Prizes will include two $250 gift certificates to L.L.Bean; one prize awarded by judges and another prize awarded to the photo with the most popular votes.

The photo contest is free to enter!

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