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 […]

Traffic Advisory Related to Controlled Deer Hunt

DCR Traffic Advisory: Blue Hills State Reservation in Milton

 WHAT:          On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and Thursday, December 7, 2017, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will institute road closures within the Blue Hills State Reservation in the Town of Milton to accommodate a controlled deer hunt. Chickatawbut Road, between Route 28 and Route 37, and Wampatuck Road, between Chickatawbut Road and Route 37, will be closed to all vehicle traffic between the hours of 12:00AM and 6:00PM. Traffic patterns and detours will be clearly marked.

 WHERE:       Chickatawbut Road between Route […]

Help Clean Up the Skyline

Help Clean Up the Skyline Saturday, December 9, 10 am

Want to walk, talk and help the Blue Hills?  Join volunteers from the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Appalachian Mountain Club to pick up trash along the Skyline Trail!

Email for meeting location and time.


Photo credit: Mark Lotterhand

#OptOutside at Houghton’s Pond

Friday, November 24, 10am Visitors Center at Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside Street in Milton

The Friends of the Blue Hills has once again joined REI’s #OptOutside campaign to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors on Friday, November 24. Rather than spend the day at the mall shopping on Black Friday, you can work off a little of that big Thanksgiving turkey dinner while enjoying the spectacular nature in the Blue Hills Reservation!

We will meet at the Visitors Center at Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside Street in Milton, at 10 a.m.  We will hike around Houghton’s Pond with an optional self-guided loop […]

Hidden Creatures of the Blue Hills

Hidden under leaves and on trees, are fascinating creatures…  snake-mimics and… bird-poop mimics.  Sam Jaffe shows all.

Sneak Peek at the Eustis Estate

The Eustis Estate sits right next to the Blue Hills…  come to the Annual Celebration this Thursday, October 5th to learn how.  And watch the video with Peter Gittleman to get  insights into the Eustis Estate and it’s rich history.

What’s Invading the Blue Hills?

Some of the forests in the Blue Hills are threatened…  listen to Rick Kesseli, UMass Boston Chair of the Biology Department, to learn how during Blue Hills A-Live, the Facebook Live show.  Join us for the next one, Tuesday, 1pm on October 10th.


Great Silent Auction Items!

Annual Celebration!

Thursday, October 5, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Milton Hoosic Club Discounted ticket rate: $35 through midnight, October 2

Please join us for this special evening of food, friends and festivities…. and see below for the great silent auction items!



Learn more.    Purchase tickets. Silent Auction Donor Item Anderson Bikes Bicycle Tune Up Angelos Coal Fired Pizza- Quincy $50 Gift Card Angelos Coal Fired Pizza- Quincy Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza-Westwood $50 Gift Card Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza-Westwood Babycakes – Quincy $20 gift card to Babycakes cupcakes Barbara Burr Photograph Blue Hills Grille $50 Gift Card […]

What an Ultra-marathon Runner Sees

David Dobrindt runs over 1,500 miles in the Blue Hills each year.  Watch to see the Blue Hills from the eyes of an ultra-marathon athlete.

Are Eagles Nesting in Milton?

Are Eagles Nesting in Milton? By Lawrence Meyer

Back in January 2016 I wrote about two eagles in Milton that had been seen regularly at Milton Landing since October 2014. I was thinking it might be time for an update probing the question of where they have been and whether they are a nesting breeding pair.

Picking up from January, 2016, throughout that winter and spring, until about the end of April, one and very often two eagles were perched at Milton Landing very often. In June and July they were gone. Late in August they returned and stayed […]

Blue Hills A-Live — Interview with Geologist Les Tyrala

In the video below, geologist, Les Tyrala, reveals the unique geologic history of Great Blue Hill.

Read the transcript.

Sign-up for invites to Blue Hills A-Live, your guide to the Blue Hills on Facebook Live, every Thursday at noon, beginning January 2017.


Neponset River Clean Up

Meet:  Martini Shell parking lot, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park Time:  8am – Coffee, donuts & check-in, 8:45 – Report to sites Date: September 23, 2017 Ages:  15 and up Bring:  water, hat, sunblock, work gloves Wear:  work clothes (no sandals). You may get very dirty!

Registration appreciated for planning purposes. Please indicate if you will be bringing hip waders or a canoe.

Clean up sponsored by the Neponset River Watershed Association. 

Questions? Please contact Annie O’Connell 781-575-0354 x306 o’

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