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.

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…


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 […]

Farnham-Connolly Memorial Park: History and Threat

Farnham-Connolly Memorial Park

The Farnham-Connolly Memorial Park protects 232 acres of freshwater marshes and wetland habitats along the Neponset River and includes a six-acre public park with sun shelters, interpretive signage, paved paths, viewing stations and a site memorializing the park’s namesake.

The Future Farnham-Connolly Memorial Park

Farnham-Connolly Memorial Park is one of four sites that the Department of Conservation and Recreation is considering for the new location of a skating rink to replace a rink in Canton that collapsed two years ago.

Re-building the skating rink would be a wonderful addition to the community.  Luckily, there are other places to […]

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!

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.