Who will make your Chili February 26?

You are in for a treat at the Blue Hills Winter Fest, Tuesday, February 24, from 5-8 p.m. at Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington St, Canton!

Join us for a free chili tasting from some of the best local restaurants…  tap your feet to Irish music… enjoy crafts with the kids… hike the woods at night… and get discounted rates for downhill skiing.  (See Winter Fest webpage.)

Get your taste buds in shape for these great chili makers from Chilis of Braintree, The Plate of Milton, The Fours of Quincy and Queen Anne’s of Canton.

Warm Up at the Blue Hills Chili Fest Feb 24

Join us on Tuesday, February 24, from 5-8 p.m. at Blue Hills Ski Area

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun at Winter Fest! Come for a night hike or get your exercise on the slopes downhill skiing. Whether or not you choose the outdoor activities, there is plenty of inside fun too: you can tap your feet to the spirited Irish tunes of Songs for Ceilidh, taste chili from some of the best local restaurants, entertain the kids with crafts, and warm up to the company of […]

Best Present for Two and Four Legged Friends

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Mary McGinnis of Milton wanted to give back to the Blue Hills  — and celebrate the holiday with two of her favorite hiking buddies, Muffin Millington and Lincoln McGinnis.

She figured that all of them enjoy the Blue Hills, so why not Sponsor a Trail in their name?  For $35 a trail, Mary now has the perfect holiday present for two of her favorite companions.

Sponsoring a trail isn’t just for four-legged friends.  It’s a great gift for anyone who loves the Blue Hills!

Why not support the Blue Hills by Sponsoring a Trail today?

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It’s Getting Hot in Here! Weather or Climate?

Quincy Climate Action Network (QCAN) and the Thomas Crane Public Library invite you to:

It’s Getting Hot in Here! Is it just the weather or is the climate really changing? The Science of Climate Change and Current Changes in Northeastern North America

Stephen S. Young, Ph. D. Department of Geography, Salem State University

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7:00 PM

Learn about climate change and current changes in Northeastern America from a Massachusetts expert, Stephen Young. Dr. Young is a professor of remote sensing and environmental sustainability in the Geography Department at Salem State University in Salem Massachusetts, USA. His recent research […]

Peek a Blue Hikes Continue in the Spring

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Many thanks to everyone who attended the Peek a Blue hikes this year!

Thanks to support from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club, over 300 people – youngsters and their caregivers – explored the Blue Hills together through bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes.

While we will be taking a break over the winter months, we’ll be back Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at Houghton’s Pond.

In the meantime, hope to see you at this year’s Winter Fest, February 24th!

Enjoy the Strive for 35 Challenge Video

David Dobrindt of Milton is the founder of the Milton Running Club.  Each weekend, members train in the Blue Hills Reservation, so David was thrilled to hear about the Strive for 35 Challenge.  He registered himself and the MRC and both have completed the Challenge!  Here is a short video which captures the fun David had doing the Challenge with his daughter Emily and the other members of the MRC.

Haven’t registered for the challenge yet?  You still have a couple weeks!  Learn more about the Strive for 35 Challenge.

Donate to the 35 Years and Counting Campaign

Please join people like Laura Beebe and donate to the ’35 Years and Counting’ Campaign’ to make sure all of us can continue to enjoy the Blue Hills for years to come.



With your donation, you are joining a proud 35-year tradition of protecting the park.

With your support today, you will help:

  • Maintain the trails so everyone can explore the park
  • Remove invasive species that so that everyone can enjoy healthy forests
  • Celebrate the park… so that people can visit the park for 35 years… and beyond.

Please donate to the’35 […]

✔ Yes on Question 2 – for a cleaner Blue Hills!


Yes on Question 2 – for a better environment – and a cleaner Blue Hills!

A YES vote on Question 2 on November 4 will finally update a successful 32-year-old law—the 1982 Bottle Bill—to include five cent deposits on water bottles and sports drinks—which we see more and more on our Little League Fields, floating in our streams, and strewn in our parks.

Voting YES on Question 2 to update the Bottle Bill will:

  • reduce the water bottle and sports drinks litter that turns our streets and parks like our Blue Hills into an eyesore.
  • increase recycling […]

The Blue Hills: Archaeological Wonder of Epic Proportions


Joe Bagley, Boston City Archaeologist Friends of the Blue Hills Keynote Annual Celebration October 9, 2014

In 2002, I found myself on the shores of Naskeag Point, Maine overlooking Mt. Desert Island on my first archaeological dig. I was mere months from beginning college at Boston University’s Archaeology program hoping, desperately, that I would enjoy the experience of spending a day leaning over a hole in the ground digging up bits of broken things. One lunch break, our crew was brought to the nearby beach for a demonstration. I was handed truncated deer antler and a chunk of blue stone […]

Photo Contest Winners


Congratulations to everyone who submitted photos to the 35 Years and Counting Photo Contest.  There were so many stunning photos!  (See all the photos.)

And kudos to Michael Greene from Quincy who received the judge-awarded prize (see photo left) and to Elle Pinault from East Providence, RI who won received the most votes and was awarded the “People’s Prize.”  (See Elle’s photo below.)  Both winners were presented with a $250 gift certificate to LLBean at our Annual Celebration.




Photos Quite Worth Mentioning

Congratulations to all the photographers who were awarded Honorable Mentions in the Celebrating 35 Years Photography Contest! (Photos in no particular order.)

Above: Sharon Kotz (Arlington), “Trail Rest”

Above: Andrew Tang, Somerville, “Skyline”

Above: Paul McDermott (Walpole) “Sunset through the Pines”

Above: Roberta Peach, Dedham “Fall at Houghton’s Pond”

Alexandria Duncanson, Portland “Summer Saunter”

Above: Alexandria Duncanson, Portland “Ponkapoag Meadowhawk”

Yes on 2 Campaign Kick-off Meeting October 1


What: Yes On 2 Campaign – kick-off organizing meeting

Where: Milton Public Library,

Keyes Community Room (downstairs)

When: Wednesday, October 1, 7:00-8:30 PM

Contact: Tucker Smith 978-866-6695

It’s time to get litter out of Milton’s parks, waterways, and streets. Voting “Yes On 2” will update the Bottle Bill.

Members of the public and local organizations are invited to this meeting to learn about and plan a course of action for the 5 weeks leading up to Election Day, November 4.

This is a non-partisan collaboration of citizenry who care about litter in our town and the Commonwealth. Bring your […]

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