Enjoy the Strive for 35 Challenge Video

David Dobrindt of Milton is the founder of the Milton Running Club.  Each weekend, members train in the Blue Hills Reservation, so David was thrilled to hear about the Strive for 35 Challenge.  He registered himself and the MRC and both have completed the Challenge!  Here is a short video which captures the fun David had doing the Challenge with his daughter Emily and the other members of the MRC.

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 [...]

The Blue Hills: Archaeological Wonder of Epic Proportions


Joe Bagley, Boston City Archaeologist Friends of the Blue Hills Keynote Annual Celebration October 9, 2014

In 2002, I found myself on the shores of Naskeag Point, Maine overlooking Mt. Desert Island on my first archaeological dig. I was mere months from beginning college at Boston University’s Archaeology program hoping, desperately, that I would enjoy the experience of spending a day leaning over a hole in the ground digging up bits of broken things. One lunch break, our crew was brought to the nearby beach for a demonstration. I was handed truncated deer antler and a chunk of blue stone [...]

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:

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