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.

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 rain or shine – so come on out, bring the family […]

Saturday, May 7 – Celebrate St. Moritz Nature Trail


Celebrate St. Moritz Experience  the east side of the DCR Blue Hills Reservation Saturday, May 7, 9:00 am – noon Parking is available at Shea Rink, 651 Willard Street.

Join us to celebrate the St. Moritz Nature Trail, a little-known part of the park!  You’ll have a choice of two guided hikes that will allow you to explore this part of the Reservation that features the beautiful St Moritz pond.  The event is held in conjunction with Quincy’s annual “ Cleaner Greener Quincy Day.”

As part of the celebration, DCR will unveil a new sign along Willard Street that identifies St. […]

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 […]

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 incredible!  Subjects can include people or critters in the Blue Hills – or whatever you see in the Blue Hills that you think makes it so 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 […]

Horseshoe Pitching in the Blue Hills


ST. MORITZ HORSESHOE PITCHING CLUB Bunker Hill Lane (Off Willard Street) W. Quincy, MA Monday evenings 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM May – September 2015

Spring has finally arrived in New England and that means horseshoe pitching time is here again! Time to get out, enjoy the fresh air, meet new friends and get a little exercise.

Join this family-friendly activity where beginners are welcome. Stop by on a Monday evening to check it out.  If you want to learn – or get better – any of the more experienced members would be happy to help you.

The St Moritz Pitching Club […]

Nonnative, Invasive Plant Control Workshop


Canton Public Library Saturday, April 9, 1pm If you have Phragmites blocking your view, knotweed taking over your yard, purple loosestrife spreading along your pond or stream, or other invasive plants that are out of control, you will enjoy this workshop.

This three-hour workshop is designed for people looking for basic information, how-to advice and local expertise in controlling nonnative, invasive plants in your yard, town and watershed. It will include an Overview of nonnative, invasive plant characteristics and control, Case Studies, and How to Move Forward in controlling target plants.

Workshops will be presented at the Canton Public Library […]

Skyline Society Members: Win and Denny Swenson


Win and Denny included the Friends of the Blue Hills in their Will… so future generations will enjoy the Blue Hills like they do today.  

Denny and Win Swenson love the Blue Hills and want to make sure it’s taken care of for years to come.  Denny Swenson grew up in Foxborough and learned to ski at the Blue Hills Ski Area. She remembers going to the Trailside Museum with her family and seeing the animals and exhibits. She says, “Nature and wildlife have been a part of my physical surroundings for as long as I can remember.” Win […]

Winter Fest… Schedule!

Quincy Isabella Carey 8 with brother holden Carey 5 and friend Samantha Soto 8

Hope you’ll join us at Winter Fest THIS TUESDAY… February 23, from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington St, Canton. 

Want to go on the night hike?  Hit the slopes?  Listen to the band? Here’s the schedule so you don’t miss anything!

More info about Winter Fest.






 5:00  p.m.            Chili-tasting begins!

Chili’s – Braintree

Queen Anne’s Restaurant – Canton

The Fours – Quincy

The Plate – Milton

Discounted skiing available

Arts & Crafts


Watching Eagles Near Blue Hills


Long-time Friends of the Blue Hills member and avid birder, Larry Meyer, has been watching the eagles who neighbor the Blue Hills.


Since October 2014, a number of people (myself included) have been watching eagles that have been perching almost daily in trees along the Neponset River. Where they perch is a short distance from a public parking lot and small riverside park, called Milton Landing, hidden past the Milton Yacht Club in Milton Village. By birding standards, viewing them is ridiculously easy. It’s like a drive-in for eagle viewing; you don’t even have to get out of your […]

Welcome New DCR Commissioner

The following is from a DCR press release.

Leo Roy Named Commissioner of Department of Conservation and Recreation

BOSTON – December 9, 2015 – Today, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton announced that Leo Roy will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

“Leo brings a substantial amount of experience, dedication and knowledge to the Department of Conservation and Recreation,” said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “His qualifications and skill set will ensure that the public will continue to benefit and enjoy additional recreational opportunities, while simultaneously laying the groundwork to conserve and preserve the […]

Petition to Support Trailside Museum and Observatory

Braintree Jayne Hammel May I Have Some Lunch, Please

Petition to Support Trailside Museum and Blue Hill Observatory

The Blue Hills Trailside Museum and the Blue Hill Observatory serve tens of thousands of people each year, sparking their interest in science and the wonder of nature and the Blue Hills. These institutions, in addition to the 125 miles of trails and many other recreational opportunities, make the Blue Hills a beloved destination for all of us in Massachusetts – as well as for visitors around the world.

This year, the state budget includes $100,000 to operate the Blue Hill Observatory and $500,000 to support the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. […]

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a very happy holiday season!



Friends of the Blue Hills Board and Staff

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