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.

Eagle Updates… Have you seen them?

Not Many Recent Eagle Sightings… and No Nests Yet

By Lawrence Meyer

Beginning in October 2014, the conspicuous presence of two mature bald eagles that could be seen almost daily perched in trees along the Neponset River from the parking lot at Milton Landing sparked curiosity that the pair could be nesting nearby. And that would be neat because bald eagles have likely not nested in greater Boston in over a hundred years.

Since mid-April of 2016, the question has been not, “are they nesting?” but now “where did they go?”

That’s because after about 20 months of consistent habitation […]

Funding Restored for Blue Hills Trailside and Blue Hill Observatory

Thanks to the advocacy of many of our members and friends, the legislature has reversed the Governor’s veto, restoring $500,000 in operating funds for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and $100,000 for the Blue Hill Observatory.

With adequate funding, these organizations will introduce thousands of people to the Blue Hills and its natural treasures. This is a great opportunity to thank your legislators for taking action!  You can look up your legislator here. A big thank you to everyone who responded to the action alerts and helped to protect and preserve the Blue Hills’ historic and educational landmarks!

Last Year Raffle Winners – Rave Reviews for The Plate

Last year’s raffle winner, Si Briseno, enjoyed a picnic lunch with friends at Ponkapoag Pond.  Lunch was provided courtesy of The Plate in Milton, and by all accounts was delicious!

T-shirt Motto… Your ideas?

Friends of the Blue Hills will have new T-shirts this year!  Help us come up with a great saying for the t-shirt!  Like… “The Blue Hills… we’re in it together!”  Or…  “Taking Care of it all… Friends of the Blue Hills.”

If we choose your idea, you win a free t-shirt!

Suggest as many ideas as you can think of!


Job Opening: Trail Maintenance Associate

Friends of the Blue Hills Trail Maintenance Associate

Do you like overseeing volunteers?  Like being outdoors?  Would you like a couple opportunities over the next three to six months to lead volunteers in maintaining the Blue Hills?  The Friends of the Blue Hills seeks an outgoing, energetic candidate to lead volunteer corporate, youth and community groups in maintaining the trails and removing invasive species.  The Trail Maintenance Associates needs to be available on weekdays and an occasional weekend.

The Friends of the Blue Hills is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Blue […]

Public Meeting: Deer Management Program Review & Proposal

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

Mass. Department of Conservation a­nd Recreation Mass. 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


Blue Hills State Reservation 2015 Deer Management Program Overview & Report Proposed 2016 Controlled Deer Management Plan

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m. Milton High School Auditorium […]

Action Alert: Support Trailside and Observatory

You can help make sure the Trailside Museum and the Blue Hill Observatory have the funding they need to continue to serve thousands of visitors each year.

Take Action Please write, call or email the below legislators and urge them to include funding for operations for the Trailside Museum and the Blue Hill Observatory.

Background Funding for both the Trailside and the Observatory are currently being considered in what’s called the Conference Committee, which is a joint committee of state Senators and House Representatives.  The Conference Committee considers both the House and Senate versions of the budget and develops a […]

The Incredible Blue Hills Photo Contest

For the 2016 photo contest, give us your best shots of the incredible Blue Hills!  Show us what makes the Blue Hills is so wonderful!  Subjects can include people or critters in the Blue Hills – or whatever you see in the Blue Hills that you think makes it special!

Prizes include two $250 gift certificates to L.L. Bean; one prize awarded by judges and another prize awarded to the photographer whose photo receives the most popular votes.

To submit a photo and to view and vote for photos, please click below.

Thanks to this year’s photo contest sponsors:  Dedham Savings […]

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.