Spring Break Activities

DCR April School Vacation Programming Free Family Friendly Programs

DCR Great Blue Hill Family Trek 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton Thursday, April 20, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Head for the Hills! Join a DCR Park Interpreter as we trek to the summit of Great Blue Hill, and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the Boston Skyline and surrounding countryside. We will be exploring the changing habitats as we climb and cover some ‘Hike Safe’ tips as well. Must be able to hike 1 mile on rocky, rugged terrain. Sturdy boots and drinking water recommended.  For ages 8 and up. Children must be […]

Free Advanced Screening Invitation: “Born in China”

Okay, it’s not about the Blue Hills… but we thought that since you love nature, you might like to take advantage of this free screening.

Your Family is Invited to a Special Screening of BORN IN CHINA


Venturing into the wilds of China, “Born in China” captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.

This website page is not valid for admission.

For a complimentary family […]

Fruit Center Marketplace Helps Blue Hills on Earth Day

Fruit Center Marketplace and Friends of the Blue Hills Team Up to Celebrate Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, the Fruit Center Marketplace will donate $2 for every customer who uses a reusable grocery bag in the store on Saturday, April 22.  All proceeds of the promotion will go to the Friends of the Blue Hills to help maintain 125 miles of trails in the Blue Hills Reservation.

To qualify for the $2 donation to the Friends of the Blue Hills, customers can either purchase a reusable bag in the store (prices range from $3 to $5.99) or […]

Spring Surprises in a Changing Climate

Spring Surprises in a Changing Climate Special Event for Friends of the Blue Hills Members Sunday, April 23, 1 pm – 2 pm, Ponkapoag Pond Park at Temple Beth David, 1060 Randolph Street, Canton

Professor Richard Primack, a plant ecologist from Boston University who delivered the highly engaging keynote address at last fall’s Friends of the Blue Hills Annual Celebration, has kindly agreed to host an exclusive “Members Only” interactive walking event where he will share his insights on climate change and the Blue Hills.

Learn about plants, birds, insects and other animals and how they will be affected by […]

Special Hike for Tots April 11

2017 Peek–a–Blue Hikes Kick Off on Tuesday, April 11   You’re invited to bring your young ones to the first Peek–a–Blue Hike of the year.  These free, one-hour guided hikes created for babies and toddlers are offered every other Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. at Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside Street, in Milton.  Free snacks and drinks are provided. Although the meeting place is always the same, the hike route varies. Parents, grandparents, and child care givers are all welcome, and the hikes are stroller friendly. There will be special activities at the kick off, including storytelling, songs and a scavenger […]

Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots – 2017

Weekday hikes for parents, grandparents, caregivers …and children Every other Tuesday, 11:00 am Meet: 840 Hillside St, Milton

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other Tuesday at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm beginning April 11.  (For a full list of dates, see below.) The hikes are made possible by a grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The hikes will be offered every other Tuesday (weather permitting) from 11 a.m.-noon and will start at Houghton’s Pond main […]

Seasons of the Blue Hills Photo Contest

Do you love the Blue Hills all year long?

Show it by submitting a photo to the Seasons of the Blue Hills Photo Contest!

Submit up to four photos…  of the animals, plants — or people — who benefit from the Blue Hills in every season.  Or your subject could be your favorite view, trail or landmark that gives you joy throughout the year.

You could win one of two prizes, each a $250 gift certificate to L.L. Bean… and your photo be included in the Seasons of the Blue Hills calendar!

One prize will be awarded to the photographer […]

Action Alert: Call Your Legislator to Support Our Parks

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 […]

Rockin’ in the Park

Rockin’ in the Park Saturday, May 6, 1 pm- 3 pm

Join Les Tyrala, a registered geologist, on this co-sponsored DCR and the Friends of the Blue Hills geology walk, as we explore the volcanic bedrock and glacial features of the Blue Hills.  Learn the secrets of geological processes on this moderately strenuous hike over rocky terrain.

Sturdy footwear is required and the ability to climb rugged, narrow trails. 2 hours. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Email with contact name and email, number of attendees and ages. For ages 12 and up.


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 […]

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