Green up the Blue Hills May 31

Team Up with Friends of the Blue Hills to Green Up the Blue Hills!

You are invited to join the Friends of the Blue Hills for a spring festival of stewardship and fun.  The annual Green Up will be held on Sunday, May 31, from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Ponkapoag AMC Cabins.  You will enjoy music, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt while helping with an essential task: pulling up invasive weeds that threaten the Blue Hills.  You can park at Temple Beth David, 1060 Randolph Street, Canton.  It is a short, scenic walk from the parking lot […]

Petition to Support Blue Hills Buildings


Petition to Support Blue Hills Buildings

With just a cursory look at some Blue Hills landmark buildings, you’ll find:

  •  A leaky roof on the Blue Hills Observatory that if not repaired, could destabilize the building
  • Walls on the Trailside Museum that need support or they will become unsafe
  • Beams that if not replaced will bring down the historic Broderick Stable


You can help ensure that basic building infrastructure is maintained for these buildings – as well as Eliot Tower and the Blue Hill Ski Area.

Over $8 million has been allocated in the 2014 Environmental Bond Bill […]

Sunday, May 3rd – Special Member Walk – Archeology Wonders of the Blue Hills


Back by Popular Demand!


Joe Bagley, noted archaeologist and popular keynote speaker at last year’s Friends of the Blue Hills Annual Celebration, will be leading a hike in the Blue Hills, pointing out areas of archaeological interest.

Sunday, May 3, 12:00-1:30 p.m. St. Moritz Trail Head Park at Shea Rink, 651 Willard Street, Quincy

Please note, the hike will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; please check our website for up to date information.

We look forward to seeing you at this very special event for FBH members and friends!

Not a member?  No […]

CANCELLED: Community Forum with DCR Commissioner

Tiffany Mohamed Canton Snowy Owl @ Trailside Museum Sept 2012

We have to cancel the community forum with the Department of Conservation and Recreation…

Since we scheduled the meeting with the DCR Commissioner, the Commissioner has changed as part of the new administration.  Since the new Commissioner only started this week, we will need to cancel next week’s community meeting.

We will reschedule with her for sometime in the future.

In the meantime, we look forward to working with other members of the Coalition for a Better Blue Hills — and all of you to protect Blue Hills landmark buildings.

More information on the Coalition and efforts to improve […]

Join us for Peek a Blue Hikes — Starting April 14!

For more information and dates, click here.

Celebrate Earth Day at Fruit Center Marketplace (Just don’t forget your bag!)

Michael Dwyer and Anne Comber at Fruit Center Marketplace encouraging customers to use reusable grocery bags on Earth Day 2014

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

In celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, the Fruit Center Marketplace will donate $2 for every customer who uses a reusable grocery bag in the store that day.

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.

“The Fruit Center is committed to environmental causes, and we wanted to celebrate Earth Day by supporting a local organization that shares that same commitment,” said Michael Dwyer, […]

Horseshoe Pitching in the Blue Hills

ST. MORITZ HORSESHOE PITCHING CLUB Bunker Hill Lane (Off Willard Street) W. Quincy, MA Monday evenings 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM May – September 2015

Spring has finally arrived in New England and that means horseshoe pitching time is here again! Time to get out, enjoy the fresh air, meet new friends and get a little exercise.

Join this family-friendly activity where beginners are welcome. Stop by on a Monday evening to check it out.  If you want to learn – or get better – any of the more experienced members would be happy to help you.

The St Moritz Pitching Club […]

Protect the Beauty Photo Contest

168  Michelle LoConte Dedham

The Friends of the Blue Hills is dedicated to encouraging people to protect, preserve and enjoy the Blue Hills…  Show us who and what in the Blue Hills you care about that makes the Blue Hills worth protecting!

Prizes include two $250 gift certificates to LLBean; one prize awarded by judges and another prize awarded to the photographer whose photo receives the most popular votes.

See photo contest rules and submit photos.

Thanks to this year’s photo contest sponsors:  Dedham Savings and LLBean.

Photo credit: Michelle LoConte (Dedham)

Michael Won a $250 Gift Certificate to LLBean… it could be you next time!


Congratulations to Michael Michalski of Cambridge for winning a $250 gift certificate to LLBean!  Michael became a Friends of the Blue Hills Sustainer this year and was automatically entered into a raffle to win!

If you sign up to give monthly, you too will be entered to win a $250 LLBean gift certificate.

And you wont have to worry about remembering to renew… and we will be able to devote more resources to protecting and preserving the Blue Hills.  Become a Sustainer today by clicking on the drop down menu after ‘how often do you want to make […]

Member Challenge: Make Your Gift Go Further

edited Roni Polsgrove Canton Last Sunset of the Year

As an Friends of the Blue Hills member, you have made great things happen for the Blue Hills – through your support, you’ve cleared trails, kept the forests healthy and make sure that people for generations can enjoy the Blue Hills.

You now have a unique chance to encourage others to give too.

Donate now and your gift, along with each dollar raised by our members in this drive, will be pooled to form the Friends of the Blue Hills Member Challenge Fund.  During the spring campaign, we’ll ask others to meet your challenge with gifts of their own.  […]

Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots – 2015


Weekday hikes for parents and children

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 week starting Tuesday, April 14 at 11:00 am.  (For a full list of dates, see below.) The hikes are made possible by a startup 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 parking lot.  Healthy snacks, juice and water will be provided thanks to the grant from […]

Who will make your Chili February 26?

You are in for a treat at the Blue Hills Winter Fest, Tuesday, February 24, from 5-8 p.m. at Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington St, Canton!

Join us for a free chili tasting from some of the best local restaurants…  tap your feet to Irish music… enjoy crafts with the kids… hike the woods at night… and get discounted rates for downhill skiing.  (See Winter Fest webpage.)

Get your taste buds in shape for these great chili makers from Chilis of Braintree, The Plate of Milton, The Fours of Quincy and Queen Anne’s of Canton.

Want to hike the Blue Hills, but don't know where to begin? Click here for recommendations to the best hiking near Boston. If you're interested in hiking Boston and Boston hiking, the Blue Hills Reservation offers great hikes near Boston. If you want to go hiking around Boston, be sure to check our suggested Boston hikes in the Blue Hills. The Blue Hills also offers a good place to find a South Shore MA mountain biking trail and you'll enjoy great Boston birding and birding near Boston. You'll also find a great swimming hole south of Boston at the Blue Hills Reservation and in general, great family fun South Shore.