How Can You Help the Park?

Why volunteer for the Blue Hills? Menos tells us why…


Three Tips for Hiking in the Blue Hills

The Blue Hills is a wonderful treasure so close to Boston with miles of trails to explore and amazing views to enjoy.  Whether you’re hiking the steep Skyline Trail, walking gentle paths, biking Buck Hill or just taking your dog for a stroll, you will enjoy the park more if you keep in mind these three tips.  And if you want to learn more about the Blue Hills, just download the free Blue Hills Guide.

A Map: don’t leave home without it… or at least get one once you’re here!

 The Blue Hills is really big – the size of […]

Three ways Your Life Insurance Could Benefit the Blue Hills

Three ways Your Life Insurance Could Benefit the Blue Hills

People who care passionately about the Blue Hills think about caring for the Blue Hills today, tomorrow and for years to come.  These people have joined the Skyline Society, a select group of people who have let us know that they intend to remember the Friends of the Blue Hills in their Will or designate the Friends as a beneficiary of a bank account, retirement plan or life insurance.  Learn more about the Skyline Society and meet some of the members.

Naming the Friends as a beneficiary of your […]

Want to help the Blue Hills? Why not volunteer?!

Why volunteer with the Friends of the Blue Hills?  Here’s why Tess volunteers!


Learn about trail maintenance in the Blue Hills.

Learn about other volunteer activities.

ELM Environmental Fellows Program – Free Training

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund is getting ready to host its Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) for high school seniors and college students.  Here’s more information.

This free advocacy training helps participants hone skills in campus organizing, public policy research, communication, and environmental advocacy.



Wednesday, June 21st 10am-4pm Environmental League, 14 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108


  • State Representative Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster) will speak on behalf of elected leadership
  • ELM’s own Erica Mattison and Joe O’Brien will share their expertise in effective advocacy.
  • Our session on social media will be led by Field […]

Action Alert for Trailside, Observatory and all State Parks

Please take a moment TODAY to make a big difference to the Blue Hills.

This week a legislative committee is creating the state budget by comparing the two budgets created by the House and Senate.  Significant funding for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, the Blue Hill Observatory and the Department of Conservation and Recreation is included in either the House or the Senate versions – but not both!

Please call or write your legislators and ask them to write a letter to the chairs of the Joint Conference Committee in support of the following three items:

  • House […]

Shares Available at Brookwood Farm

Starting June 27, the farm located in the Blue Hills, Brookwood Community Farm, is offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares of the summer’s harvest of vegetables that you pick up all season long.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) refers to a model of farming in which farmers sell harvest shares directly to people in the local community.

Learn more about the farm and how you can enjoy a summer of fresh, locally produced vegetables – while supporting sustainable agriculture and food access programs in our community!

Boots N Brews

Saturday, July 16, 9:30 am

Calling all Millennials! Here’s an event just for you! Join other young adults for Boots N Brews, a 2-hour hike in the Blue Hills, followed by a beer tasting at Blue Hills Brewery in Canton.  Space is limited, so RSVP by emailing BnB@FriendsoftheBlueHills. org to reserve your spot.

Once you are registered, you’ll find out the starting location of the hike.

Thank You!

Denny Swenson, president of the Friends of the Blue Hills, would like to thank you for donating to the Blue Hills Spring Fund Campaign. Please click on the start button below!

No More Drought: It’s Official

Great news from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

Drought Conditions Across Commonwealth Return to Normal Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Indoor Water Conservation by Public Necessary

With above normal precipitation at the end of March, all of April and the beginning of this month, all indices across the Commonwealth have recovered fully. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: Normal Condition levels for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Southeast Regions as well as the Cape and Islands; down from a Drought Advisory in the month of […]

Seasons of the Blue Hills Photo Contest

Do you love the Blue Hills all year long?

Show it by submitting a photo to the Seasons of the Blue Hills Photo Contest!

Submit up to four photos…  of the animals, plants — or people — who benefit from the Blue Hills in every season.  Or your subject could be your favorite view, trail or landmark that gives you joy throughout the year.

You could win one of two prizes, each a $250 gift certificate to L.L. Bean… and your photo be included in the Seasons of the Blue Hills calendar!

One prize will be awarded to the photographer […]

Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots

Bring your tot to Houghton’s Pond April 11 at 11 am. Join us to kick-off Peek a Blue Hikes, bi-weekly hikes for young children and their caregivers.  Stories, songs and a scavenger hunt! More information.

Fruit Center Marketplace Helps Blue Hills on Earth Day

Fruit Center Marketplace and Friends of the Blue Hills Team Up to Celebrate Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, the Fruit Center Marketplace will donate $2 for every customer who uses a reusable grocery bag in the store on Saturday, April 22.  All proceeds of the promotion will go to the Friends of the Blue Hills to help maintain 125 miles of trails in the Blue Hills Reservation.

To qualify for the $2 donation to the Friends of the Blue Hills, customers can either purchase a reusable bag in the store (prices range from $3 to $5.99) or […]

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