Celebrating Gifts of Today and Tomorrow

Honoring Hilltop and Skyline Society Members Celebrating Gifts of Today and Tomorrow

Members of the Hilltop and Skyline Societies were honored for their generosity and commitment to the Blue Hills at a summer soiree this summer.  Participants enjoyed an evening in the home of board member Laura Beebe, whose historic estate abuts the Blue Hills Reservation.

The Hilltop Society recognizes members who have given $1,000 or more in one calendar year to the Friends of the Blue Hills.  Skyline Society members have remembered the Friends of the Blue Hills in their Will with a gift of any amount.

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Samantha Volunteers to Help the Trails

Samantha likes to care for the trails… How about you?  Check out the opportunities.

Stroller-friendly Hikes

The Best Stroller-friendly hikes in the Blue Hills Hiking is a great way to give your kids the benefit of exercise and the outdoors.  But when you have kids of different ages or you’re worried you’ll have to carry them home (or deal with tantrums), you might find it easier to try a stroller-friendly hike in the Blue Hills.  Most hikes are not stroller friendly, but here are two that are definitely stroller-friendly.  Both start from Houghton’s Pond parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton. And if you’d like to take your tots on a hike, you won’t want to miss […]

Help Map the Noise

Please take a hike… and collect data on noise pollution

Saturday, September 16 (Rain date: Sunday, September 17) Drop in from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Walk takes about two hours) Blue Hill Ski Area, 4001 Washington St, Canton For questions or to sign-up: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.

If you like to walk in the Blue Hills, have an iPhone and are willing to download a $4 app, you can help discover how noise pollution affects both people and wildlife.  (The researchers can even reimburse you for the app!)

Your efforts will be part of a research study led by Boston University Professor […]

Best Short Hikes with Views

The Best Short Hikes with Views in the Blue Hills Reservation

Even if you’re just driving through the park and have a few minutes for a hike, you can still find a hike with views that are spectacular.  Here are three great short hikes with views that take about 10 to 15 minutes to get to the top to see the view.

Buck Hill from Route 28

For a short hike with a view, park at the third parking lot on your left as you drive north on Route 28 from Route 93, Exit 5.   Take the Blue Dot trail […]

Submit a ‘Photo of the Day’ on Instagram

The Blue Hills Reservation boasts some of our community’s most beautiful views of Boston and the surrounding area, with unique wildlife and plants to discover during your visit.

We invite you to take your favorite photos during your time at the Blue Hills and submit them by using the hashtag #lovebluehills.   

On Saturday and Sunday of each week – as well as throughout the week –  we’ll spotlight a Photo of the Day on Instagram for everyone to enjoy.

If your photo is chosen, we’ll tag your Instagram account in the post to help bring more eyes to your other photos as well!

So keep […]

Volunteer: Barbara Kirby from Milton

Barbara doesn’t maintain the trails… but she’s still an ace volunteer!  Barbara Kirby from Milton says she gets a lot out of volunteering…

Let us know if you’d like to help the Blue Hills too!   Learn more about volunteering.  Or email with your questions!


You Could Win Best of Boston Restaurant Dinner

You could win a once-in-a-lifetime dinner for six at the top of Blue Hill Observatory, the oldest continually operating weather observatory in the country. Enter the raffle and you could enjoy breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and the ocean while dining on an elegant meal provided by The Townshend, located on Hancock Street in the heart of historic Quincy Center. The Townshend just won the prestigious 2017 Best of Boston award for General Excellence on the South Shore.

Enter Raffle

Tickets for the raffle are $15 each or 3/$35. The drawing will be held at […]

Thank You for Your Advocacy: Blue Hills Successes in Latest Budget

A big thank you to our members and friends who advocated for funding for the Blue Hills. 

And a big thank you to the legislators who worked with our members, including Senator Walter Timilty, and State Representatives Bill Dricoll, Bill Galvin, Dan Cullinane, Bruce Ayers, Mark Cusack.  We are grateful for their work to include funding in the budget for key Blue Hills institutions and initiatives, including:

  • $250,0000 for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum
  • $100,0000 for the Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center
  • $15,000 to improve the safety of trail crossings on Routes 28 and 138

If […]

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.

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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…


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