Action Alert: Call Your Legislator to Support Our Parks

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You can help make sure that our parks – including the Blue Hills – receive the funding that they need.

Take Action

Please call your legislators and urge them to include the Department of Conservation and Recreation as one of their top budget priorities.  

To find your legislators’ contact info, click here.

Here’s what to say:

Hi, this is (name) with the Friends of the Blue Hills.   Please include the Department of Conservation and Recreation as one of your top budget priorities.  The DCR State Parks and Recreation line item is (2810-0100).  Can we count on you?


Snow Cover and Climate Change: Lecture


Thomas Crane Library – Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor) 40 Washington St, Quincy, MA Wednesday Mar 15, 2017, 7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

Ice and snow cover on Earth influences the world’s climate by reflecting solar energy back to space, keeping the globe at an ideal temperature. As our world warms due to climate change, that important ice and snow cover is starting to disappear and the Earth is beginning to absorb more solar radiation, increasing the warming of the world. Come hear Professor Young as he presents the science of climate change and then explores the […]

Winter Fest


Beat the Winter Blues at Winter Fest! Tuesday, February 28, 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington St, Canton

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun at Winter Fest! Come for a night hike or get your exercise on the slopes downhill skiing. Whether or not you choose the outdoor activities, there is plenty of inside fun too: you can tap your feet to the spirited Irish tunes of Songs for Ceilidh, taste chili from some of the best local restaurants, entertain the kids with […]

All Out 2017 Hike – January 28


All Out 2017 Hike Saturday, January 28, 1:00 pm Houghton’s Pond parking lot, 840 Hillside Street, Milton

We are partnering with REI on All Out 2017 on Saturday, Jan 28!  Explore the beauty of the Blue Hills in the winter!  We will be leading an hour-long hike suitable for adults and children at 1 p.m., meeting at the Houghton’s Pond parking lot, 840 Hillside Street, Milton. For more information, email In the event of inclement weather that day, please call 617-696-8248 for an update.


Photo: Julia Himmel (Quincy)

Give the Gift that Matters

Which Would You Prefer?


Click here to Give the Blue Hills. Sponsor a Trail in honor of your friends and family.


Sponsor a TrailIn the donation form select “Sponsor a Trail” from the drop-down menu labeled “Please direct my donation to”.

Sponsor a Trail and support the Blue Hills! For $35 or more, you or the person you wish to honor can be the official sponsor of a Blue Hills Trail! As a sponsor, your donation will support the trails and forests – and you or your honoree will receive an official […]

Update: Bad Budget News for the Blue Hills – and Environmental Agencies


This week the Governor cut $98 million from the budget in what is called 9C cuts.

The cuts included $500,000 to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and $100,000 to the Blue Hill Observatory… as well as cuts of $9 million for all environmental agencies.

That means that nearly 10% of the cuts were to environmental agencies that protect our water, forests, air – and parks!

Here’s a Globe article on the cuts.  On Twitter, look for #FY17EnviroCuts.

Below is a statement from our partners at the Environmental League of Massachusetts, George Bachrach, President & […]

Help Protect Skyline Trail Hikers


Please sign our petition if you care about making the Blue Hills safe and the trails accessible for everyone who wants to hike the Skyline Trail.

Anyone who has tried to follow the Skyline Trail across Routes 28 and 138 knows how dangerous it is to cross these highways. People who are new to the trail or have impaired mobility are even more at risk in these intersections.

Possible solutions include rerouting the trails or installing traffic calming measures.

If you care about making the Blue Hills safe and the trails accessible, please use the link below to add your […]

Maintain the Trails this Saturday AND (OR) Sunday!


You can maintain the trails both Saturday AND Sunday this weekend! Join FBH on Saturday at 9 at Houghton’s — or NEMBA on Sunday! Let your schedule — or taste buds choose!  (Pizza on Saturday and BBQ on Sunday!  Two great options!)

Friends of the Blue Hills Trail Maintenance Event Saturday, Nov 5th,  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to help clear the trails!  We will show you how to dig the dirt and move rocks to keep the water off the trails.  You could also cut branches that block the paths.  No experience […]

Resource Management Plan – Public Meeting Nov 10


Public Meeting Draft Resource Management Plan for the Blue Hills Complex Thursday, November 10, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sharon Public Library, 11 North Main Street, Sharon, MA


The Department of Conservation and Recreation has updated the Resource Management Plan for the Blue Hills Reservation and will hold a public meeting to discuss the draft plan for the Blue Hills – and a number of other parks.

You can read the draft Resource Management Plans by visiting DCR’s website and looking at the right-hand side column for the reports.  The parks that will be discussed […]

#OptOutside Hikes for Black Friday


The Friends of the Blue Hills has joined up with REI’s #OptOutside campaign and the DCR’s Go Green on Black Friday Hike series to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors the day after Thanksgiving.  Rather than spend the day indoors shopping on Black Friday, November 25th, you can choose from two hikes in the Blue Hills!  One hike for people 16 years and older will be led by a DCR ranger, and the other is a self-guided hike that’s great for families.



DCR Ranger-led Hike Friday, November 25, 10:00 am Meet at the Trailside Museum, north parking lot […]

State Officials Approve 2016 Deer Management Plan for Blue Hills State Reservation

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The following is a press release from the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

State Officials Approve 2016 Deer Management Plan for Blue Hills State Reservation

BOSTON – Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Today, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), in consultation with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP), and the Massachusetts State Police, has approved the 2016 Deer Management Plan for the Blue Hills State Reservation. The 2016 deer hunt, which will take place over the course of four days, is a continuation of a multi-year management plan that was first implemented in […]

In Memory of a Lover of the Blue Hills


We are honored that the family of David Dorsheimer has chosen the Friends of the Blue Hills as a charity worthy of accepting donations in his memory.  Here is a little about his life.

David A. Dorsheimer, a lifelong Dedham resident, passed away October 4, 2016 at home surrounded by his family after a 15 month courageous battle with esophageal cancer.  He was the cherished son of Florence Evelyn (Gramer) Dorsheimer of Dedham and the late John Daniel Dorsheimer, Jr. Beloved brother of Rita of Dedham, Jack and his wife Mary of Millis, Diane Haase-Leiden and her husband Steve of […]

Volunteer for Trail Race October 1st or 2nd?


Are you free the morning of Saturday October 1st… OR the morning of Sunday, October 2nd ?  Please consider volunteering to help make the 13th Annual Houghton’s Pond Trail Race a success!

As a volunteer you hang out with other cool people… and receive the gratitude of all the racers!  And you help support the Blue Hills – since part of the proceeds go to the Friends of the Blue Hills!

We’ll meet at Houghton’s Pond.  The time commitment on race day is approximately 7 AM to 11 AM, depending on the assignment, but if you need to arrive […]

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