What can Thoreau tell us about climate change in the Blue Hills?

Henry David Thoreau, famous for his publications such as Walden and Civil Disobedience, was also a man very much invested in the study of biology. Not only did he collect various samples for the Boston Society of Natural History (such as bird eggs and nests), but he also maintained what would turn out to be very important records of seasonal changes. The study of the cyclical changing of the seasonal flora and fauna in relation to climate and habitat is called phenology and Thoreau took some of the most detailed phonological notes of his time. In Blue Hills A-Live, Dr. […]

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 Sunday, 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 […]

Three Reasons Why Climate Change Matters to You

Climate change is the change in the regional or global weather patterns and temperatures that is largely attributed to increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These weather changes have large implications for the timing of growth and migration for many species of plant and animal, as we learned on Blue Hills A-Live with Dr. Richard Primack, a biologist at Boston University. However, climate change isn’t just impacting the plants and animals in nature. There are plenty of changes that we can see impacting urban areas as well.

Learn more about climate change and the Blue Hills: Watch the […]

Underwater Secrets: Vernal Pools

Have you ever wondered about these small bodies of water that only appear in the spring? Those are vernal pools and they are teeming with life! On this episode of Blue Hills A-Live, your weekly guide to the Blue Hills, Kyla Bennett reveals the importance of these temporary pools, how to find them, what lives inside (and what doesn’t), and how we can protect the delicate ecosystem.

Watch part 1 and part 2 below!

Read the transcripts for Part 1 or Part 2.


Four Threats to a Healthy Watershed & How To Help

The Blue Hills surrounds and protects sections of 2 watersheds around Canton and Milton: the Blue Hills River and the Neponset River. The watershed functions as land surrounding a water source, such as a river, that flows into a lake or other large body of water, such as the Atlantic Ocean. Water from the Neponset River watershed provides drinking water for over 112,000 people in the local area. While protected natural land areas, such as the Blue Hills are very important in maintaining a healthy watershed, there are obstacles that threaten our water systems that you should know about!

What Thoreau knew can help the Blue Hills

This week, Dr. Richard Primack, a biologist at Boston University, talks to us about how environmental scientists are tracking the phenology, or timing of ecological events, in New England. Listen to this week’s episode to learn about how the landscape, flora, and fauna are changing with the climate.

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Why You Shouldn’t Curse The Snow

Living in New England means that big snowstorms can sometimes start in fall and stretch well into spring. While this may mean more shoveling, more snow days, and turning up the heat just a tad, it also means that we can expect a healthy watershed and a lesser chance of a drought in the summertime.

Learn more about the watershed: watch Blue Hills A-Live, your weekly guide to the Blue Hills.

How does snow help your local groundwater? When a very big rainstorm hits an area, often the rainfall will surge rivers and enter the water systems rapidly, sometimes […]

The Blue Hills is more than just trees, hills, and hiking…

This week on Blue Hills A-Live, Sara Rostampour from Brookwood Community Farm talks to us about the history of the land, as well as the current farming projects and volunteering opportunities at this local farm.

Read the transcript about Brookwood Farm.



How the Blue Hills Ski Area Made History

The Blue Hill Ski Area has served the community since 1935, starting with a few downhill runs opening up. Then, a practice slope opened up. By 1949, 3 rope tows were built and in 1963, a lodge as well as a double chair lift brought more life to the Blue Hills Ski Area. Since then, skiing at the Blue Hills has grown to 60 acres, 16 trails, 4 lifts, and 309 feet of vertical drop.

One unique part of the history of the Blue Hills Ski area is that it is one of the first locations in the United […]

Invisible but critical: what about the watershed?

This week, Ian Cooke of the Neponset River Watershed Association talks to us about how the watershed impacts life in the Blue Hills and how the Blue Hills, in turn, might impact the surrounding area!


Eliot Tower… the history and the future

This week, Karl Pastore of the Department of Conservation and Recreation reveals the history of Eliot Tower, including a description of the tower’s namesake, the young boys that built the tower and the construction that was completed on the tower the day the video was taken!

Indian Line Farm: Saved… again!

Indian Line Farm Protected!

Because Indian Line Farm is not easily accessible and has no close parking, the site is often seen as perfect for development.  For example, in 2008 there was a proposal to build an office complex on this part of the park.  This year, the Department of Conservation and Recreation  included Indian Line Farm as one of four sites on which it wanted to build a skating rink.  While we were told that Indian Line Farm was originally the preferred site, thanks to our members advocacy and support, Indian Line Farm is now safe (for now) and […]

How Can Nature Help Your Kids?

When you take your kids to the Blue Hills, you are giving them more than just some fresh air and a beautiful view! According to Blue Hills A-Live guest, Kelly Majmudar, bringing young children into nature offers many benefits beyond the sights and sounds.

Kelly writes the blog Wike Baby and has always enjoyed the outdoors, participating in programs like “Nature and Me” with her elementary school class as well as bringing friends along for hikes up Great Blue Hill and she shares with us some of the ways your children will grow positively from being in nature and […]

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