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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 […]

Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots – 2017

Weekday hikes for parents, grandparents, caregivers …and children Every other Tuesday, 11:00 am Meet: 840 Hillside St, Milton

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes will occur every other Tuesday at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm beginning April 11.  (For a full list of dates, see below.) The hikes are made possible by a grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The hikes will be offered every other Tuesday (weather permitting) from 11 a.m.-noon and will start at Houghton’s Pond main […]

Action Alert: Call Your Legislator to Support Our Parks

You can help make sure that our parks – including the Blue Hills – receive the funding that they need.

Take Action

Please call your legislators and urge them to include the Department of Conservation and Recreation as one of their top budget priorities.  

To find your legislators’ contact info, click here.

Here’s what to say:

Hi, this is (name) with the Friends of the Blue Hills.   Please include the Department of Conservation and Recreation as one of your top budget priorities.  The DCR State Parks and Recreation line item is (2810-0100).  Can we count on you?

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Rockin’ in the Park

Rockin’ in the Park Saturday, May 6, 1 pm- 3 pm

Join Les Tyrala, a registered geologist, on this co-sponsored DCR and the Friends of the Blue Hills geology walk, as we explore the volcanic bedrock and glacial features of the Blue Hills.  Learn the secrets of geological processes on this moderately strenuous hike over rocky terrain.

Sturdy footwear is required and the ability to climb rugged, narrow trails. 2 hours. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us with contact name and email, number of attendees and ages. For ages 12 and up.

 

Give the Gift that Matters

Which Would You Prefer?

 

Click here to Give the Blue Hills. Sponsor a Trail in honor of your friends and family.

 

Sponsor a TrailIn the donation form select “Sponsor a Trail” from the drop-down menu labeled “Please direct my donation to”.

Sponsor a Trail and support the Blue Hills! For $35 or more, you or the person you wish to honor can be the official sponsor of a Blue Hills Trail! As a sponsor, your donation will support the trails and forests – and you or your honoree will receive an official […]

Update: Bad Budget News for the Blue Hills – and Environmental Agencies

This week the Governor cut $98 million from the budget in what is called 9C cuts.

The cuts included $500,000 to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and $100,000 to the Blue Hill Observatory… as well as cuts of $9 million for all environmental agencies.

That means that nearly 10% of the cuts were to environmental agencies that protect our water, forests, air – and parks!

Here’s a Globe article on the cuts.  On Twitter, look for #FY17EnviroCuts.

Below is a statement from our partners at the Environmental League of Massachusetts, George Bachrach, President & […]

Help Protect Skyline Trail Hikers

Please sign our petition if you care about making the Blue Hills safe and the trails accessible for everyone who wants to hike the Skyline Trail.

Anyone who has tried to follow the Skyline Trail across Routes 28 and 138 knows how dangerous it is to cross these highways. People who are new to the trail or have impaired mobility are even more at risk in these intersections.

Possible solutions include rerouting the trails or installing traffic calming measures.

If you care about making the Blue Hills safe and the trails accessible, please use the link below to add your […]

Maintain the Trails this Saturday AND (OR) Sunday!

You can maintain the trails both Saturday AND Sunday this weekend! Join FBH on Saturday at 9 at Houghton’s — or NEMBA on Sunday! Let your schedule — or taste buds choose!  (Pizza on Saturday and BBQ on Sunday!  Two great options!)

Friends of the Blue Hills Trail Maintenance Event Saturday, Nov 5th,  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to help clear the trails!  We will show you how to dig the dirt and move rocks to keep the water off the trails.  You could also cut branches that block the paths.  No experience […]

Resource Management Plan – Public Meeting Nov 10

Public Meeting Draft Resource Management Plan for the Blue Hills Complex Thursday, November 10, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sharon Public Library, 11 North Main Street, Sharon, MA

 

The Department of Conservation and Recreation has updated the Resource Management Plan for the Blue Hills Reservation and will hold a public meeting to discuss the draft plan for the Blue Hills – and a number of other parks.

You can read the draft Resource Management Plans by visiting DCR’s website and looking at the right-hand side column for the reports.  The parks that will be discussed […]

#OptOutside Hikes for Black Friday

The Friends of the Blue Hills has joined up with REI’s #OptOutside campaign and the DCR’s Go Green on Black Friday Hike series to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors the day after Thanksgiving.  Rather than spend the day indoors shopping on Black Friday, November 25th, you can choose from two hikes in the Blue Hills!  One hike for people 16 years and older will be led by a DCR ranger, and the other is a self-guided hike that’s great for families.

 

 

DCR Ranger-led Hike Friday, November 25, 10:00 am Meet at the Trailside Museum, north parking lot […]

State Officials Approve 2016 Deer Management Plan for Blue Hills State Reservation

The following is a press release from the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

State Officials Approve 2016 Deer Management Plan for Blue Hills State Reservation

BOSTON – Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Today, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), in consultation with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP), and the Massachusetts State Police, has approved the 2016 Deer Management Plan for the Blue Hills State Reservation. The 2016 deer hunt, which will take place over the course of four days, is a continuation of a multi-year management plan that was first implemented in […]

In Memory of a Lover of the Blue Hills

We are honored that the family of David Dorsheimer has chosen the Friends of the Blue Hills as a charity worthy of accepting donations in his memory.  Here is a little about his life.

David A. Dorsheimer, a lifelong Dedham resident, passed away October 4, 2016 at home surrounded by his family after a 15 month courageous battle with esophageal cancer.  He was the cherished son of Florence Evelyn (Gramer) Dorsheimer of Dedham and the late John Daniel Dorsheimer, Jr. Beloved brother of Rita of Dedham, Jack and his wife Mary of Millis, Diane Haase-Leiden and her husband Steve of […]

Thank You Conleth and TARC!

Many thanks to TARC (Trail Animals Running Club) for their generous gift to support the Friends of the Blue Hills trail work!  Members of TARC help maintain the trails with their donation… giving back to the park where they run!

Photo of Conleth Berry, Race Director for the TARC Skyline Trail Race, presenting a check, on behalf of TARC, to Bob Flagg, a trail leader with the Friends of the Blue Hills.  Friends of the Blue Hills volunteers from the September 10th trail event look on.

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