Help Clean Up the Skyline

Help Clean Up the Skyline Saturday, December 9, 10 am

Want to walk, talk and help the Blue Hills?  Join volunteers from the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Appalachian Mountain Club to pick up trash along the Skyline Trail!

Email for meeting location and time.


Photo credit: Mark Lotterhand

#OptOutside at Houghton’s Pond

Friday, November 24, 10am Visitors Center at Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside Street in Milton

The Friends of the Blue Hills has once again joined REI’s #OptOutside campaign to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors on Friday, November 24. Rather than spend the day at the mall shopping on Black Friday, you can work off a little of that big Thanksgiving turkey dinner while enjoying the spectacular nature in the Blue Hills Reservation!

We will meet at the Visitors Center at Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside Street in Milton, at 10 a.m.  We will hike around Houghton’s Pond with an optional self-guided loop […]

Hidden Creatures of the Blue Hills

Hidden under leaves and on trees, are fascinating creatures…  snake-mimics and… bird-poop mimics.  Sam Jaffe shows all.

Sneak Peek at the Eustis Estate

The Eustis Estate sits right next to the Blue Hills…  come to the Annual Celebration this Thursday, October 5th to learn how.  And watch the video with Peter Gittleman to get  insights into the Eustis Estate and it’s rich history.

What’s Invading the Blue Hills?

Some of the forests in the Blue Hills are threatened…  listen to Rick Kesseli, UMass Boston Chair of the Biology Department, to learn how during Blue Hills A-Live, the Facebook Live show.  Join us for the next one, Tuesday, 1pm on October 10th.


Great Silent Auction Items!

Annual Celebration!

Thursday, October 5, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Milton Hoosic Club Discounted ticket rate: $35 through midnight, October 2

Please join us for this special evening of food, friends and festivities…. and see below for the great silent auction items!



Learn more.    Purchase tickets. Silent Auction Donor Item Anderson Bikes Bicycle Tune Up Angelos Coal Fired Pizza- Quincy $50 Gift Card Angelos Coal Fired Pizza- Quincy Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza-Westwood $50 Gift Card Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza-Westwood Babycakes – Quincy $20 gift card to Babycakes cupcakes Barbara Burr Photograph Blue Hills Grille $50 Gift Card […]

What an Ultra-marathon Runner Sees

David Dobrindt runs over 1,500 miles in the Blue Hills each year.  Watch to see the Blue Hills from the eyes of an ultra-marathon athlete.

Are Eagles Nesting in Milton?

Are Eagles Nesting in Milton? By Lawrence Meyer

Back in January 2016 I wrote about two eagles in Milton that had been seen regularly at Milton Landing since October 2014. I was thinking it might be time for an update probing the question of where they have been and whether they are a nesting breeding pair.

Picking up from January, 2016, throughout that winter and spring, until about the end of April, one and very often two eagles were perched at Milton Landing very often. In June and July they were gone. Late in August they returned and stayed […]

Blue Hills A-Live — Interview with Geologist Les Tyrala

Geologist, Les Tyrala, reveals the unique geologic history of Great Blue Hill.

Neponset River Clean Up

Meet:  Martini Shell parking lot, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park Time:  8am – Coffee, donuts & check-in, 8:45 – Report to sites Date: September 23, 2017 Ages:  15 and up Bring:  water, hat, sunblock, work gloves Wear:  work clothes (no sandals). You may get very dirty!

Registration appreciated for planning purposes. Please indicate if you will be bringing hip waders or a canoe.

Clean up sponsored by the Neponset River Watershed Association. 

Questions? Please contact Annie O’Connell 781-575-0354 x306 o’

Raffle: Dinner with Amazing Views!

Dinner Raffle Offers Very Best in Dining and Views!

For this year’s Dinner in the Blue Hills Raffle, you have a chance to enjoy a mouth-watering dinner for six provided by The Townshend, the hottest new restaurant in Quincy.  The Townshend just won the prestigious 2017 Best of Boston award for General Excellence on the South Shore!

You and five friends will enjoy dinner at the top of the Blue Hills Observatory in the heart of the Reservation.    You will enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the Blue Hills, the city of Boston, and the ocean.

Your meal will […]

Blue Hills A-Live — Starts September 19!

Facebook Live Show Launches September 19 for Four Weeks

When you watch Blue Hills A-Live, you will see the hidden changes in the Blue Hills, learn about places you may not have visited and join expert guides to explore the Blue Hills.

Blue Hills A-Live is a four-week Facebook Live video show that will give you a new perspective on the Blue Hills.  This Facebook Live show will run on Tuesdays at 1pm, beginning September 19.  If you can’t watch the live show, you can always watch the replay on Facebook or on our blog.  Please tune in, ask questions and add your own […]

Eliot Tower Closed for Renovation

Eliot Tower Closed for Renovation Great Blue Hill Eliot Tower and Pavilion is getting a face-lift this Fall!

The Eliot Observation Tower and Pavilion is closed for renovations.  The tower and pavilion are getting a new roof and the area around the structure will be off limits and enclosed in a chain link fence during construction. The DCR apologizes for any inconvenience.

For the best scenic view during the construction period, check out:

  1. The Blue Hill Weather Observatory and Science Center is open for rooftop viewing on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays, for a nominal fee. Space is […]
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