Believe it or not.. we’ll have faeries at the Summer Fest July 26

Autumn the Faerie

Say hello to Autumn the Faerie at the Cool Summer Fest on July 26th at Houghton’s Pond!  Feel free to bring the Harry Potters, Superheros and Princesses in your own family to join the fun!  Throughout the day everyone will enjoy water games, fishing, face painting, live animals – and more!  You can even participate in the parade at noon around the pond with the Kickin’ Brass Band.

More details on this fun children’s summer activity.

For a Cool Summer Fest schedule.


The Cool Summer Fest is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors:

How Many Deer are there in the Blue Hills?

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The deer population in the Blue Hills is ten times the desired levels for this region, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife

Last month, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife released the results of the first site-specific study of deer population in the Blue Hills.

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife deer density goal for the Blue Hills is 6 – 8 deer per square mile. The DFW’s conservative estimate of deer density in the Blue Hills Reservation is 85 deer per square mile.

The estimated deer population is about 10 [...]

Go Out and Play: Check Every day!

2Madeleine Miller

Over 300 fourth grade ‘Future Problem Solvers’ from Milton public schools helped their community reduce Lyme disease this spring. Friends of the Blue Hills teamed up with Milton Public Health Director Carolyn Kinsella to introduce students to the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and how the increase in Lyme disease has been linked to the declining health of our forests. Students then shared what they learned by designing posters to help educate the community.

Above poster by Madeleine Miller: below by Caroline Cannata.


Join the Parade July 26th!


Bring your friends and family to this year’s Cool Summer Fest – and stamp your feet to the rhythms of The Kickin Brass Band! Come early to make your own instruments and costumes and at noon we’ll parade around Houghton’s Pond!

The Cool Summer Fest at Houghton’s Pond runs from 10am to 3pm. You’ll can learn to fish, play water games, make crafts, see live wild animals and birds and even get your face painted.

More on the Cool Summer Fest and schedule of events.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Blue Hills Bank, Doctors Express, Mass Division of Fisheries [...]

Budget Includes Increase for Environmental Programs

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The Friends of the Blue Hills is part of a statewide coalition of environmental groups called the Environmental Collaborative, facilitated by the Environmental League of Massachusetts.  As part of this coalition, we advocate for statewide policies that help the Blue Hills, such as increased funding for environmental agencies.  We are particularly interested in making sure the agency that manages the Blue Hills (the Department of Conservation and Recreation) has adequate funding.

While there was an overall increase for environmental programs, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is still funded below the level it was funded before the recession in FY2009.

Bottle Bill Signatures Delivered: Measure Goes to November 4th Ballot


The Blue Hills Reservation is one step closer to being cleaner!  Thanks to all your support, the petition signature drive to update the state’s bottle bill has been successful!

The Friends of the Blue Hills worked with a large group of other organizations to complete the signature drive.

Here’s an update from one of the campaign’s leaders, the Environmental League of Massachusetts:

Wednesday a large group gathered on the steps of the Secretary of State’s office to announce the successful completion of a petition signature drive to update the state’s bottle bill. Proponents delivered over 19,000 signatures to Sec. [...]

You’ll Find Lots to Do at the Summer Fest!

Clemintine and Sofie Consentino from Roslindale

Here’s what you can do at the Cool Summer Fest!

Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Presented by DCR and Friends of the Blue Hills

(See this fun summer event description.)


Schedule of Events

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fishing and Catch & Release Pool

Miss Money and free popsicles- Blue Hills Bank Tent

Colored cast wraps – Doctors Express Tent

Obstacle course and water games

Arts & Crafts

Asian Longhorn Beetle Information

Music [...]

Help Pull Mile a Minute Saturday June 21

James LaFond Lewis Hyde Park

Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Want to help protect endangered species in the Blue Hills wetlands?  Join us this Saturday to pull the mile-a-minute vine, which grows as fast as its name implies!  We’ll walk in about 1/4 mile and hand pull this weed to help prevent it from growing and spreading.  Wear long pants, long sleeves and bring bug repellent and water.  Email us with questions:  All participants will receive an FBH 35th Anniversary T-shirt!

Meet at Fowl Meadow parking at the corner of Neponset Valley Parkway and Brush Hill Road, Milton (If you [...]

How Many Deer are there in the Blue Hills?

David Gouthro Braintree the boys

7:00 pm, Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Blue Hills Trailside Museum 1904 Canton Ave, Milton

We have invited the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Division of Fish and Wildlife to share the findings of the first site-specific study of deer populations in the Blue Hills.

Join us June 18th to learn the results of the study and discuss what these results mean for the health of our forests.




Celebrating 35 Years: Photo Contest

Ketan Gajria Hingham Ponkapoag Boardwalk Tree

The Friends of the Blue Hills has dedicated the last 35 years to protecting and preserving the Blue Hills so that we can all continue to enjoy this natural treasure!

Help us celebrate by entering your favorite photos going to, from or standing at a Strive for 35 Challenge location or activity.  Include your companions – wild or otherwise – or your amazing natural surroundings.  Prizes will include two $250 gift certificates to L.L.Bean; one prize awarded by judges and another prize awarded to the photo with the most popular votes.

The photo contest is free to enter!

Learn [...]

Your Chance to Sponsor A Trail!

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Looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves the Blue Hills?  Whether it’s for a birthday, a graduation, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Father’s Day or any occasion at all, you can now Sponsor a Trail and support the Blue Hills!

For $35 or more, you will receive an official certificate with the recipient’s name, occasion, and the name of the sponsored trail along with a Trail Map so the recipient can see where his/her trail is located in the Blue Hills Reservation.



We will either mail the certificate to you or to the recipient with the information you [...]

Sustainable Milton Asks: Can Cows Save the Climate?

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, May 21 6:30 pm: Reception Milton Public Library Keyes Community Room 476 Canton Ave

Join Sustainable Milton, Sustainable South Shore and Bio4Climate .org to talk about:

Rebuilding the soil using native animal habits to restore biodiverse ecosystems supporting vibrant life, clean waterways, & healthy food; To drought-proof, flood-proof, and cool the climate.

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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.