Winter Biking… the unusual winter sport

Steve Cobble, avid all-weather biker, gives tips on mountain biking in the Blue Hills… especially in the winter!





Join us for the Winter Fest!

Beat the Winter Blues at Winter Fest! Tuesday, February 27 From 5-8 p.m. at Blue Hills Ski Area 4001 Washington St, Canton

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun at Winter Fest! Come for a night hike (which starts at 7pm) or get your exercise on the slopes downhill skiing. Whether or not you choose the outdoor activities, there is plenty of inside fun too: you can tap your feet to the spirited Irish tunes of Songs for Ceilidh, taste chili from some of the best local […]

Tips for Winter Hiking

This Week on Blue Hills A-Live, your weekly guide to the Blue Hills, Steve Olanoff gives tips for keeping warm when you’re hiking in this chilly weather…  You’ll also hear a little-known tidbit about Hancock Hill.  (Do you know who use to own it?)



What You’ll Learn on the Weekly Blue Hills A-Live

Join us each week for Blue Hills A-Live, your weekly Facebook Live Guide to the Blue Hills!  Find us each week on Facebook, Thursdays at noon.  You can ask questions, add your comments… and enjoy the Blue Hills community!

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This Thursday, January 11, at noon, you’ll hear from experienced hike leader Steve Olanoff about how to get the most out of winter hiking. 

Guests in the upcoming weeks will explore a host of topics, including:

  • The uncommon winter sport:  fat-tire biking
  • Tips for hiking with your dog
  • How […]

Thank You!

A big thank you to YOU and the nearly 300 people who donated to the Blue Hills Forever Fund and helped  raise $$22,655!  Thank you for supporting the Blue Hills!

Blue Hills Reservation 27th Annual First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes Blue Hills Wildlife: noon – 1 pm Hot cocoa & snacks for sale Three DCR Ranger-led Hikes at 1 pm Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton, MA

Join the “Granddaddy of First Day Hikes” and celebrate New Year’s Day in the Blue Hills. From noon to 1 pm, visit with live wildlife from the Trailside Museum, purchase a cup of hot cocoa or a snack from the Venture Scouts, share some holiday cheer by the warming fire, and then stretch your legs on one of three easy to moderate guided hikes which all depart […]

Job Posting: Part-time Social Media Assistant

Friends of the Blue Hills Social Media Assistant

The Friends of the Blue Hills is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Blue Hills Reservation in its natural state and serves as a watchdog of activities that might adversely affect it.  To accomplish this we: 1) Advocate for actions that will enhance the Reservation; 2) Encourage involvement in the protection and preservation of the Reservation by all users; 3) Guide enthusiasts in exploring the nearby remoteness of the BHR through educational, historical, and nature hikes; and 4) Work with the Massachusetts DCR to maintain the quality of the […]

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.

Sign the Petition

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 […]

Re-buliding History at Brookwood Farm

Steven O’Shaughnessy, an expert in preservation carpentry from North Bennet Street School, describes some of the rich history of Brookwood Farm.

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Action Alert: Protect Parkland

As we know from our experiences with losing land in the Blue Hills, it is far too easy to lose parkland to private interests.

The Public Lands Preservation Act would help protect the Blue Hills and all public open space from the caprices of legislators and developers.   The Environment Committee recently issued a favorable report for PLPA, and it is now before the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, chaired by Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland).

Please help prevent the destruction of future parkland by contacting your state senator and asking him or her to urge the chair of the Senate […]

Sound Map of the Blue Hills

Last fall, dozens of Friends’ volunteers recorded noise levels in the Blue Hills.  Volunteers emailed the noise data to Boston University researchers who created a noise map of a portion of the Blue Hills.  (See below.)

The Boston University research team was led by Professor Richard Primack and doctoral student Lucy Zipf.

According to recent studies, scientists have found increasing evidence that noise pollution is harmful to the health of both humans and wildlife.

Volunteers used new cutting-edge technology that makes sound monitoring more affordable and easier to use.  In the past, recording sound in such a large area would have been cost prohibitive […]

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