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.

Boots N Brews—Best of Both Worlds!

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Boots and Brews Saturday, August 29, 10:00 am Meet at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot (As of Friday, August 28th, there aren’t spaces at the Brewery — but you are certainly welcome to hike with us!)

Calling all Millennials!  Here’s an event just for you!  Please join us for Boots N Brews — a 2 hour hike in the Blue Hills followed by a beer tasting at Blue Hills Brewery in Canton.

You’re welcome to come on the hike, but we’ve had such a big response, there’s a wait list to come to the Brewery afterwards (because there […]

Special 50 Days of Freedom Hike in Quincy!

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Thursday, June 18, at 11:00 a.m. St. Moritz Trailhead – Parking is at Shea Rink, 651 Willard Street, Quincy


The Friends of the Blue Hills is participating in Quincy’s 50 Days of FREEdom campaign by offering a “Quincy Peek-a-Blue Hike” on Thursday, June 18, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Moritz Trailhead.  This free, one-hour guided hike is for parents and tots.  Free drinks and healthy snacks will be provided, and there will be a simple scavenger hunt for parents and children with all children receiving a prize at the end.

Although the Friends of the Blue Hills offers […]

October 8th – Save the Date for our Annual Celebration!


Save the Date: October 8 Friends of the Blue Hills Annual Celebration Keynote Speaker: Carol Sanchez, new Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner

Thursday, October 8, 7-9 p.m.

Milton Hoosic Club, 193 Central Ave, Milton, MA

Do you want to… Meet the new DCR Commissioner?  … Learn about all that’s been accomplished in the Blue Hills?  Meet others who care about the Blue Hills?  Nosh on tasty hors d’oeuvres?  Check out fabulous auction items?  Then join us for the Annual Celebration of the Friends of the Blue Hills on Thursday, October 8! Keynote speaker and new Commissioner […]

Join us for some Fun at the Fishing Festival!

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Saturday, July 25, 9 a.m.-noon Houghton’s Pond,  840 Hillside Street, Milton

Join the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Friends of the Blue Hills for… a morning of fishing fun!

  • Learn the fine art of casting and participate in a fishing derby with prizes from L.L. Bean Legacy Place.
  • Free equipment loans for fishing or bring your own road and reel.
  • We’ll also have wacky water games, arts and crafts, and face-painting.

Hope to see you there!

Green up the Blue Hills May 31

Team Up with Friends of the Blue Hills to Green Up the Blue Hills!

You are invited to join the Friends of the Blue Hills for a spring festival of stewardship and fun.  The annual Green Up will be held on Sunday, May 31, from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Ponkapoag AMC Cabins.  You will enjoy music, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt while helping with an essential task: pulling up invasive weeds that threaten the Blue Hills.  You can park at Temple Beth David, 1060 Randolph Street, Canton.  It is a short, scenic walk from the parking lot […]

Petition to Support Blue Hills Buildings


Petition to Support Blue Hills Buildings

With just a cursory look at some Blue Hills landmark buildings, you’ll find:

  •  A leaky roof on the Blue Hills Observatory that if not repaired, could destabilize the building
  • Walls on the Trailside Museum that need support or they will become unsafe
  • Beams that if not replaced will bring down the historic Broderick Stable


You can help ensure that basic building infrastructure is maintained for these buildings – as well as Eliot Tower and the Blue Hill Ski Area.

Over $8 million has been allocated in the 2014 Environmental Bond Bill […]

Sunday, May 3rd – Special Member Walk – Archeology Wonders of the Blue Hills


Back by Popular Demand!


Joe Bagley, noted archaeologist and popular keynote speaker at last year’s Friends of the Blue Hills Annual Celebration, will be leading a hike in the Blue Hills, pointing out areas of archaeological interest.

Sunday, May 3, 12:00-1:30 p.m. St. Moritz Trail Head Park at Shea Rink, 651 Willard Street, Quincy

Please note, the hike will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; please check our website for up to date information.

We look forward to seeing you at this very special event for FBH members and friends!

Not a member?  No […]

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