The three best activities for young kids at the Blue Hills

The 3 Best activities for Young Kids

The Blue Hills are a wonderful place to spend time outside with your family.  Here are three great activities that young kids – and your whole family – will love.

Swim, Hike and Play at Houghton’s Pond

You’ll enjoy Houghton’s Pond with your young kids any time of the year.  Throughout the year, young kids will enjoy the playground visible from the parking lot.  Even young kids hike can enjoy a hike around the pond.  Just follow the Yellow dot trail to enjoy the mile hike with great views of the pond.

In […]

Tess volunteers in the Blue Hills

A big thank you to Tess for volunteering in the Blue Hills!

Learn about trail maintenance in the Blue Hills.

Learn about other volunteer activities.

Why the Blue Hills is One of the Best Spots for Birding

Many of the birds that breed on Blue Hills hilltops are uncommon anywhere else in the area.  Experienced birder, Evan Lipton, shares some Blue Hills’ stories and tips for new birders.  Thanks to Evan Lipton for this article and photo.

On a trip to Buck Hill in May, I was lucky enough to locate a Prairie Warbler nest: a small cup no more than four inches across of tightly woven thin sticks. It was located near the top of a very short scrub oak, but still hidden from view by a few leaves. It proved somewhat difficult to relocate though […]

How Can You Help the Park?

Why volunteer for the Blue Hills? Menos tells us why…


Raffle: Dinner with Amazing Views!

Dinner Raffle Offers Very Best in Dining and Views!

For this year’s Dinner in the Blue Hills Raffle, you have a chance to enjoy a mouth-watering dinner for six provided by The Townshend, the hottest new restaurant in Quincy.  The Townshend just won the prestigious 2017 Best of Boston award for General Excellence on the South Shore!

You and five friends will enjoy dinner at the top of the Blue Hills Observatory in the heart of the Reservation.    You will enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the Blue Hills, the city of Boston, and the ocean.

Your meal will […]

Action Alert: Wildlife Threatened

Take Action: Skating Rink Proposed on Critical Habitat




A proposed ice rink could be built on parkland and destroy critical habitat. Or it could be built on already developed land.

Please contact the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and let him know that you want to protect wildlife and its habitat.  Let him know that the ice rink should be built on already developed land.

Secretary Matthew A. Beaton Executive Office of Environmental Affairs 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900 Boston, MA 02114

Click for Sample Letter


The […]

Three Tips for Hiking in the Blue Hills

The Blue Hills is a wonderful treasure so close to Boston with miles of trails to explore and amazing views to enjoy.  Whether you’re hiking the steep Skyline Trail, walking gentle paths, biking Buck Hill or just taking your dog for a stroll, you will enjoy the park more if you keep in mind these three tips.  And if you want to learn more about the Blue Hills, just download the free Blue Hills Guide.

A Map: don’t leave home without it… or at least get one once you’re here!

 The Blue Hills is really big – the […]

Three ways Your Life Insurance Could Benefit the Blue Hills

Three ways Your Life Insurance Could Benefit the Blue Hills

People who care passionately about the Blue Hills think about caring for the Blue Hills today, tomorrow and for years to come. These people have joined the Skyline Society, a select group of people who have let us know that they intend to remember the Friends of the Blue Hills in their Will or designate the Friends as a beneficiary of a bank account, retirement plan or life insurance. Learn more about the Skyline Society and meet some of the members.


Name the Friends as the Beneficiary of […]

ELM Environmental Fellows Program – Free Training

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund is getting ready to host its Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) for high school seniors and college students.  Here’s more information.

This free advocacy training helps participants hone skills in campus organizing, public policy research, communication, and environmental advocacy.



Wednesday, June 21st 10am-4pm Environmental League, 14 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108


  • State Representative Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster) will speak on behalf of elected leadership
  • ELM’s own Erica Mattison and Joe O’Brien will share their expertise in effective advocacy.
  • Our session on social media will be led by Field […]

Action Alert for Trailside, Observatory and all State Parks

Please take a moment TODAY to make a big difference to the Blue Hills.

This week a legislative committee is creating the state budget by comparing the two budgets created by the House and Senate.  Significant funding for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, the Blue Hill Observatory and the Department of Conservation and Recreation is included in either the House or the Senate versions – but not both!

Please call or write your legislators and ask them to write a letter to the chairs of the Joint Conference Committee in support of the following three items:

  • House […]

Shares Available at Brookwood Farm

Starting June 27, the farm located in the Blue Hills, Brookwood Community Farm, is offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares of the summer’s harvest of vegetables that you pick up all season long.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) refers to a model of farming in which farmers sell harvest shares directly to people in the local community.

Learn more about the farm and how you can enjoy a summer of fresh, locally produced vegetables – while supporting sustainable agriculture and food access programs in our community!

Boots N Brews

Boots N Brews Saturday, August 5th, 10:00 am RSVP for meeting location

Calling all Millennials! Here’s an event just for you! Join other young adults for Boots N Brews, a 2-hour hike in the Blue Hills. After the hike, we will grab a beer at a nearby bar.



Space is limited, so RSVP by emailing BnB@FriendsoftheBlueHills. org to reserve your spot. Once you are registered, you’ll find out the starting location of the hike.

Thank You!

Denny Swenson, president of the Friends of the Blue Hills, would like to thank you for donating to the Blue Hills Spring Fund Campaign. Please click on the start button below!

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.