Last Year Raffle Winners – Rave Reviews for The Plate

Si Briseno and friends

Last year’s raffle winner, Si Briseno, enjoyed a picnic lunch with friends at Ponkapoag Pond.  Lunch was provided courtesy of The Plate in Milton, and by all accounts was delicious!

T-shirt Motto… Your ideas?


Friends of the Blue Hills will have new T-shirts this year!  Help us come up with a great saying for the t-shirt!  Like… “The Blue Hills… we’re in it together!”  Or…  “Taking Care of it all… Friends of the Blue Hills.”

If we choose your idea, you win a free t-shirt!

Suggest as many ideas as you can think of!


Raffle for a Magical Evening

Past winners enjoy appetizers before dinner on the rooftop.

A Room with a View- Rooftop Dining at its Best!

We are thrilled to be partnering with Cypress Catering Company—the sister company of the popular Milton restaurants Abby Park and Novara—for this year’s Dinner in the Blue Hills Raffle!

You and five friends will enjoy a spectacular meal at the top of the Blue Hills Observatory in the heart of the Reservation. You will be able to select your appetizer, entrée and dessert from three exclusive menus, and Be Our Guest rental company will set the perfect table with elegant china for a truly memorable evening. Blue Hills Observatory will also […]

Job Opening: Trail Maintenance Associate

collecting leaves

Friends of the Blue Hills Trail Maintenance Associate

Do you like overseeing volunteers?  Like being outdoors?  Would you like a couple opportunities over the next three to six months to lead volunteers in maintaining the Blue Hills?  The Friends of the Blue Hills seeks an outgoing, energetic candidate to lead volunteer corporate, youth and community groups in maintaining the trails and removing invasive species.  The Trail Maintenance Associates needs to be available on weekdays and an occasional weekend.

The Friends of the Blue Hills is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Blue […]

Public Meeting: Deer Management Program Review & Proposal

The following is a press release from the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Mass. Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation Mass. Department of Fish and Game State Senator Brian A. Joyce State Senator John F. Keenan State Representative Bruce J. Ayers State Representative Mark J. Cusack State Representative William C. Galvin State Representative Walter F. Timilty


Blue Hills State Reservation 2015 Deer Management Program Overview & Report Proposed 2016 Controlled Deer Management Plan

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m. Milton High School Auditorium […]

Action Alert: Support Trailside and Observatory

Trailside Museum

You can help make sure the Trailside Museum and the Blue Hill Observatory have the funding they need to continue to serve thousands of visitors each year.

Take Action Please write, call or email the below legislators and urge them to include funding for operations for the Trailside Museum and the Blue Hill Observatory.

Background Funding for both the Trailside and the Observatory are currently being considered in what’s called the Conference Committee, which is a joint committee of state Senators and House Representatives.  The Conference Committee considers both the House and Senate versions of the budget and develops a […]

Boots N Brews—Best of Both Worlds!

Blue Hills - Summer's Shadows - near St. Moritz Ponds

Saturday, July 16, 9:30 am

Calling all Millennials!  Here’s an event just for you!  Please join other young adults for Boots N Brews—a 2 hour hike in the Blue Hills starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by a beer tasting at Blue Hills Brewery in Canton.

Space is limited, so RSVP soon to right away to reserve your spot.  Once you are registered, you’ll find out the starting location of the hike.


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Top photo credit:

Dorothy McPherson of Braintree entered this […]

The Incredible Blue Hills Photo Contest


For the 2016 photo contest, give us your best shots of the incredible Blue Hills!  Show us what makes the Blue Hills is so wonderful!  Subjects can include people or critters in the Blue Hills – or whatever you see in the Blue Hills that you think makes it special!

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

To submit a photo and to view and vote for photos, please click below.

Thanks to this year’s photo contest sponsors:  Dedham Savings […]

Save the Date for our Annual Celebration – October 6!

107 Richard Lourenco Stoughton above blue hills

Thursday, October 6 Milton Hoosic Club, Milton

Please join us for this special evening of food, friends and festivities. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Richard B. Primack from the Boston University Biology Department who will speak about the impact of global climate change on the Blue Hills Reservation.


Photo credit: Richard-Lourenco (Stoughton)

Yoga and Hiking


Peak pose – Climb and Unwind Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside Street, Milton, MA 02186

Climb and unwind. Join The North Face and Chakra Power Yoga for a 6 part Hike and Yoga Series. First session starts Wednesday, June 8th at 9 am. Meet at Blue Hills at the Houghton’s Pond main entrance for a short hike and an hour long vinyasa session outside with instructor Courtney Bell.

Wednesday’s at 9am June 8th, June 22nd, July 13th, July 27th, August 3rd, and August 17th.

More information.

Green Up the Blue Hills

Fiona McGarry with daughter Nia from Quincy

Sunday, June 5, 1-3:30 p.m. Park at Temple Beth David, 1060 Randolph Street, Canton.

This is event is rain or shine!  See you this afternoon!

Please help protect the forests by joining us at the annual Green Up!  While we certainly help the forest by pulling invasive weeds at this event, you will also enjoy music, face painting, crafts, and a scavenger hunt along the way!

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to or call 617-696-8248.  It is a short, scenic walk from the parking lot to the Ponkapoag AMC Cabins. The event will take place […]

Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots

walking hand in hand

Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots Tuesday, September 27, 11:00 am Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton (Click for all dates: Peek a Blue Hikes)

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for Peek a Blue Hikes… great for you and your tots!  Enjoy the outdoors with your children during our bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes occur every other Tuesday at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, weather permitting.  (For a full list of dates, see Peek a Blue Hikes page.)   Hikes start at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot.  Healthy […]

Milton Candidate Night April 7

Brian MacLean Milton Houghtons ond on a crisp winter day

Milton Candidate Forum: Meet Your Future Town Leaders Thursday, April 7, 7:00 pm Cunningham Park Hall, 75 Edge Hill Rd, Milton 

Do you live in Milton and care about the Blue Hills and our open space?  Do you want to meet the candidates and have time to speak to them in person as well as hear their views on how to protect the Blue Hills and Milton’s semi-rural character?

Come to the Friends of the Blue Hills’ Milton Candidates Forum on April 7!

You’ll meet both candidates for Selectmen, Katie Conlon and Richard Wells, as well as the […]

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.