Winner of the Raffle!

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Congratulations to Sam Briseno of New Paltz, NY for winning the raffle for six for a mouth-watering picnic in the Blue Hills, catered by the award-winning restaurant The Plate in Milton!

As part of the raffle, Sam also received an outdoor entertaining tableware for six donated by Williams-Sonoma at Legacy Place!

Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets to support Friends of the Blue Hills.  And many thanks to The Plate and Williams-Sonoma at Legacy Place!

Line Dance Fundraiser for Mass Park Rangers Mounted Unit

Saving Baby Birds: Controlling Deer Populations

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If we do nothing, baby birds will die.

That’s how a scientist with National Audubon recently explained the troubling problem of too many deer and the related problem of too many invasive plants.

While it is painful to allow hunting of any sort in the Blue Hills, we know that the current growing numbers of deer are eating all the native species that they can reach – which destroys the bushes and grasses where insects, birds and rodents eat and live.

As native plants disappear, Douglas W. Tallamy, entomologist at the University of Delaware explains, so do native insects. With […]

DCR Approves Deer Management Plan for Blue Hills State Reservation

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Controlled Hunt Authorized to Manage Deer Overpopulation

Boston –Wednesday, October 14, 2015- Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Carol Sanchez, with the guidance of Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner George Peterson, approved a final deer management plan  for the Blue Hills State Reservation. The plan allows for a controlled deer hunt on November 30, 2015, December 1, 2015, December 7, 2015, and December 8, 2015. The deer population within the state reservation has reached heightened levels that are compromising the long-term health of the […]

Honorable Mention Photos

There were so many amazing photos submitted to the ‘Protect the Beauty’ Photo Contest!  Congratulations to the winners of the Honorable Mentions, listed below (in no particular order).  See the prize winners here.







Winning Photos Announced!

Autumn at the Pond by Brian MacLean

At the Annual Celebration, we awarded the two prizes of $250 LLBean gift certificates for the ‘Protect the Beauty’ Photo Contest!

The winners are… Brian McLean of Milton won the popular vote and Rick Fletcher of Randolph was picked by the judges!  Check out the Honorable Mentions here.

Enjoy Brian’s photo “Autumn at the Pond” to the left and Rick’s photo below.  Congratulations to both Rick and Brian!

And many thanks to the contest sponsors…  LLBean and Dedham Savings.




 Photo by Rick Fletcher “The Blue Heron of Ponkapoag”

Sunset Hike to the Top of Great Blue

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Please join us on Saturday, October 17, from 4-7 p.m. for a spectacular hike to view the sunset during peak foliage season. Bring your families, buddies or dates for this self-guided hike to the top of Great Blue. We’ll provide complimentary snacks at the bottom of the mountain to give you energy for the walk up and hot cider at the top. You can even bring a picnic dinner to eat at the summit! This is your only opportunity to hike down Great Blue at night; after sunset, the ski area lights will be on to guide your way down.


Three DCR Public Meetings on Deer Management Proposal

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The following is a press release from the Department of Conservation and Recreation about a series of public hearings on deer management in the Blue Hills.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation

Massachusetts 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

  PUBLIC MEETING  Blue Hills State Reservation Deer Management Plan 

Thursday, September […]

A BIG thank you to the Annual Celebration Sponsors!

We are most grateful to the following sponsors of the…

Friends of the Blue Hills  Annual Celebration with keynote speaker Carol Sanchez New Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation

Thursday, October 8, 7-9 p.m. Milton Hoosic Club, 193 Central Ave, Milton, MA

Thanks to these generous sponsors…

Skyline Trail Supporter Sunrise Erectors Inc

Great Blue Hill Guardian

Bank of Canton

 Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton

Dedham Institution for Savings Foundation

Falconi Companies

Elaine Miller

The North Face

Buck […]

Honoring Founding Members of the Hilltop Society

This week, a special group of Friends were celebrated as the founding members of the Hilltop Society. This new club recognizes generous members who have given $1,000 or more to the Friends of the Blue Hills. Society members were honored at a special cocktail party at the home of board member Laura Beebe, whose property abuts the Blue Hills Reservation.

For more information about the Hilltop Society, please contact Judy Lehrer Jacobs at 781-828-1805 or

Enter the Raffle to Win a Picnic of a Lifetime

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Win a Picnic of a Lifetime!

Imagine your very favorite place in the Blue Hills…is it the top of Buck Hill? The flowering lily pads on St. Moritz Pond? Fisherman’s Beach at Ponkapoag?

Now imagine inviting five friends or family members to join you for a mouth-watering picnic at this beautiful spot, catered by the award-winning restaurant The Plate in Milton!

Your prize also includes an outdoor entertaining tableware for six donated by Williams-Sonoma at Legacy Place!

Every detail will be taken care of…Your only job will be deciding who you will invite!

Purchase Raffle Tickets Today! […]

Blue Hills makes a great neighbor

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Who wouldn’t want to live near the Blue Hills?!  Check out this article by Mass Realty about the beauty of the Blue Hills Reservation.

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.