Volunteer for Trail Race October 1st or 2nd?


Are you free the morning of Saturday October 1st… OR the morning of Sunday, October 2nd ?  Please consider volunteering to help make the 13th Annual Houghton’s Pond Trail Race a success!

As a volunteer you hang out with other cool people… and receive the gratitude of all the racers!  And you help support the Blue Hills – since part of the proceeds go to the Friends of the Blue Hills!

We’ll meet at Houghton’s Pond.  The time commitment on race day is approximately 7 AM to 11 AM, depending on the assignment, but if you need to arrive […]

Thank You Conleth and TARC!


Many thanks to TARC (Trail Animals Running Club) for their generous gift to support the Friends of the Blue Hills trail work!  Members of TARC help maintain the trails with their donation… giving back to the park where they run!

Photo of Conleth Berry, Race Director for the TARC Skyline Trail Race, presenting a check, on behalf of TARC, to Bob Flagg, a trail leader with the Friends of the Blue Hills.  Friends of the Blue Hills volunteers from the September 10th trail event look on.

Join us at Our Annual Celebration October 6

Mark Ouellette

Join Us at Our Annual Celebration!

Thursday, October 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Milton Hoosic Club, 193 Central Avenue, Milton

Please join us for the Annual Celebration of the Friends of the Blue Hills on Thursday, October 6. We will celebrate the Blue Hills, our members and friends, and everything we have accomplished together over the past year!  We’ll also draw the winning raffle for dinner for six on top of Great Blue!  Learn more about the best raffle ever!

Purchase Tickets to the Annual Celebration

Keynote speaker: Richard Primack, Professor of Biology at Boston University, distinguished author […]

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 delicious 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 […]

Eagle Updates… Have you seen them?


Not Many Recent Eagle Sightings… and No Nests Yet

By Lawrence Meyer

Beginning in October 2014, the conspicuous presence of two mature bald eagles that could be seen almost daily perched in trees along the Neponset River from the parking lot at Milton Landing sparked curiosity that the pair could be nesting nearby. And that would be neat because bald eagles have likely not nested in greater Boston in over a hundred years.

Since mid-April of 2016, the question has been not, “are they nesting?” but now “where did they go?”

That’s because after about 20 months of consistent habitation […]

Funding Restored for Blue Hills Trailside and Blue Hill Observatory

from my cell phone

Thanks to the advocacy of many of our members and friends, the legislature has reversed the Governor’s veto, restoring $500,000 in operating funds for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and $100,000 for the Blue Hill Observatory.

With adequate funding, these organizations will introduce thousands of people to the Blue Hills and its natural treasures. This is a great opportunity to thank your legislators for taking action!  You can look up your legislator here. A big thank you to everyone who responded to the action alerts and helped to protect and preserve the Blue Hills’ historic and educational landmarks!

Jimmy Tingle for President- Humor for Humanity

Jimmy Tingle, 2013

When: Saturday, July 30

Doors open at 6:45 pm. Show begins at 7:30 pm

Where: Curry College, Keith Auditorium, 1071 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, MA 02186

Tickets:  $35 at the door.  Online registration is now closed.  But tickets are available first come, first serve at the door!

Jimmy Tingle is a comedian, commentator, activist and entrepreneur. He has worked as a humorist and commentator for “60 Minutes II” and MSNBC and has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” CNN, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross and in his own HBO half-hour comedy special. Theatrical credits […]

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!


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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Dorothy McPherson of Braintree entered this […]

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