Donate to the 35 Years and Counting Campaign

Please join people like Laura Beebe and donate to the ’35 Years and Counting’ Campaign’ to make sure all of us can continue to enjoy the Blue Hills for years to come.



With your donation, you are joining a proud 35-year tradition of protecting the park.

With your support today, you will help:

  • Maintain the trails so everyone can explore the park
  • Remove invasive species that so that everyone can enjoy healthy forests
  • Celebrate the park… so that people can visit the park for 35 years… and beyond.

Please donate to the’35 [...]

✔ Yes on Question 2 – for a cleaner Blue Hills!


Yes on Question 2 – for a better environment – and a cleaner Blue Hills!

A YES vote on Question 2 on November 4 will finally update a successful 32-year-old law—the 1982 Bottle Bill—to include five cent deposits on water bottles and sports drinks—which we see more and more on our Little League Fields, floating in our streams, and strewn in our parks.

Voting YES on Question 2 to update the Bottle Bill will:

  • reduce the water bottle and sports drinks litter that turns our streets and parks like our Blue Hills into an eyesore.
  • increase recycling [...]

Photo Contest Winners


Congratulations to everyone who submitted photos to the 35 Years and Counting Photo Contest.  There were so many stunning photos!  (See all the photos.)

And kudos to Michael Greene from Quincy who received the judge-awarded prize (see photo left) and to Elle Pinault from East Providence, RI who won received the most votes and was awarded the “People’s Prize.”  (See Elle’s photo below.)  Both winners were presented with a $250 gift certificate to LLBean at our Annual Celebration.




Photos Quite Worth Mentioning

Congratulations to all the photographers who were awarded Honorable Mentions in the Celebrating 35 Years Photography Contest! (Photos in no particular order.)

Above: Sharon Kotz (Arlington), “Trail Rest”

Above: Andrew Tang, Somerville, “Skyline”

Above: Paul McDermott (Walpole) “Sunset through the Pines”

Above: Roberta Peach, Dedham “Fall at Houghton’s Pond”

Alexandria Duncanson, Portland “Summer Saunter”

Above: Alexandria Duncanson, Portland “Ponkapoag Meadowhawk”

Yes on 2 Campaign Kick-off Meeting October 1


What: Yes On 2 Campaign – kick-off organizing meeting

Where: Milton Public Library,

Keyes Community Room (downstairs)

When: Wednesday, October 1, 7:00-8:30 PM

Contact: Tucker Smith 978-866-6695

It’s time to get litter out of Milton’s parks, waterways, and streets. Voting “Yes On 2” will update the Bottle Bill.

Members of the public and local organizations are invited to this meeting to learn about and plan a course of action for the 5 weeks leading up to Election Day, November 4.

This is a non-partisan collaboration of citizenry who care about litter in our town and the Commonwealth. Bring your [...]

Win Dinner at the Top of Great Blue!

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Win Dinner at the Top of Big Blue Catered by the “Best Restaurant on the South Shore.”

As part of our 35th year celebration, we are raffling a private catered dinner for six at the top of Blue Hills Observatory! Imagine treating a lucky group of friends and family to an elegant meal with incredible 360 degree views of the Boston skyline and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.

Steel & Rye, the hottest new restaurant in Milton just named by Boston Magazine as the Best Restaurant on the South Shore, will be catering the dinner. Raffle tickets are [...]

What Will You Find at the Auction?

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

When you attend our Annual Celebration, October 9th, what will you find at the silent auction?  … you’ll find a great way to support the Blue Hills by bidding on items you want!  Purchase your tickets today!



Take a look….




Attractive sportswear for men and women — Patagonia

Sundae Party for 10 Gift Certificate — J.P. Licks

Blue Hills Ski Area  Season Pass — Blue Hills Ski Area

Beer Lovers Basket — Blue Hills Brewery

Dozen Gourmet Cupcakes — Babycakes

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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 [...]

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


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

Autumn the Faerie

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.


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