Events Calendar

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017
    1 - 3pmHoughton’s Pond main parking lot on 840 Hillside Street, Milton

    Saturday, November 18 1-3 pm

    Sled Dog Discovery Day

    Meet at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot on 840 Hillside Street in Milton.

    Meet a furry sled dog up close and personal! The Yankee Siberian Husky Club with the Boston Snow Dogs will present an educational exhibit on the northern working dog breeds and dog sledding in New England. Watch the dogs run towing wheeled rigs, if weather permits.

    Bring cameras for a great photo opportunity. (Demonstration only. No rides given.)

  • Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017
    n/aHoughton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton

    Cancelled: Peek a Blue Hike
    Tuesday, Nov 28,  11:00 am
    This event has been cancelled.  Hope to see you December 12th!

    (Click for all dates: Peek a Blue Hikes)

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for Peek a Blue Hikes… great for you and your tots!  Enjoy the outdoors with your children during our bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes occur every other Tuesday at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, weather permitting.  (For a full list of dates, see Peek a Blue Hikes page.)   Hikes start at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot.  Healthy snacks, juice and water will be provided and everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Houghton’s Pond after the hike concludes.  Mothers Groups and play groups are most welcome to join us!

    Upon request, the hikes are stroller friendly.

    Questions?  Email us at info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.  To check for cancellations, visit our Facebook page.

    Thanks to our sponsors: AFC Urgent Care in Braintree and DedhamMilton Junior Woman’s Club and LLBean at Legacy Place.

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    9am - 1pmHoughton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton

    Saturday, Dec 2nd,   9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to help clear the trails!  We will show you how to dig the dirt and move rocks to keep the water off the trails.  You could also cut branches that block the paths.  No experience necessary.

    Wear sturdy boots, long pants and work gloves.  We suggest you bring at least one quart of water.  You may also want to consider bringing sunscreen and bug spray.

    Trail events begin at 9:00 am at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton.  We will carpool to the work sites, work until about 12:30 pm and gather back together for a hearty pizza lunch.  More information about Blue Hills trail events.

    Questions?  Email trailwork@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

    We would love to work with your youth or corporate group. Please contact us at trailwork@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

  • Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017
    1:00 – 2:30 pmBrookwood Farm Conference Center, 11 Blue Hill River Road, Canton, MA

    Join us as we celebrate the holiday season at scenic Brookwood Farm. Hot beverages will be provided. Bring a holiday

    treat to share, if you like. We will enjoy some indoor holiday cheer, then take a stroll through the farm fields and woods.

    New walkers always welcome.

    Meet at Brookwood Farm Conference Center at 11 Blue Hill River Road in Canton.

    Parking allowed in the upper lot by the conference center at the back of the property. Follow signs.

  • Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017
    Morning

    Help Clean Up the Skyline
    Morning of Saturday, December 9

    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 info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org for meeting location and time.

    Photo credit: Mark Lotterhand

  • Sun
    10
    Dec
    2017
    9am - 1pmHoughton's Pond, 840 Hillside Street, Milton

  • Tue
    12
    Dec
    2017
    11:00:00Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton

    Peek a Blue Hike

    Tuesday, Dec 12,  11:00 am

    Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton

    (Click for all dates: Peek a Blue Hikes)

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for Peek a Blue Hikes… great for you and your tots!  Enjoy the outdoors with your children during our bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series.  These hikes occur every other Tuesday at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, weather permitting.  (For a full list of dates, see Peek a Blue Hikes page.)   Hikes start at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot.  Healthy snacks, juice and water will be provided and everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Houghton’s Pond after the hike concludes.  Mothers Groups and play groups are most welcome to join us!

    Upon request, the hikes are stroller friendly.

    Questions?  Email us at info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.  To check for cancellations, visit our Facebook page.

    Thanks to our sponsors: AFC Urgent Care in Braintree and DedhamMilton Junior Woman’s Club and LLBean at Legacy Place.

  • Mon
    01
    Jan
    2018
    12:00:00Houghton's Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton, MA
    • Meet Blue Hills Wildlife noon – 1 pm
    • Hot cocoa & snacks for sale
    • Three DCR Ranger-led Hikes at 1 pm

    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 at 1 pm. For more info, call 617-698-1802. Meet at the Houghton's Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton. Arrive early for this popular event. Parking is limited.

     

  • Sat
    06
    Jan
    2018
    1:00 - 3:00 pmHoughton's Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton, MA

     

    Moderate walk, with some hills, 2.5 miles. Walk around Tucker Hill on the green dot trail.

    Meet at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside St. in Milton.

    Things to know before you go

    • Wear sturdy footgear and consider walking poles and ice cleats
    • Dress in layers and avoid cotton clothing
    • Carry drinking water
    • We will hike unless the weather  creates unsafe conditions
    • If weather conditions are questionable, please call 508-866-2580, ext 165
  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018
    19:00:00Keyes Rm., Milton Public Library

    Learn About What Happens to Our Trash and Recycling 

    Stormwater Pollution in Milton And How You Can Help

    Presenters:  Hillary Waite, Environmental Coordinator, Town of Milton; Chris Trudel, Civil Engineer, Town of Milton

    January 31, 7pm, Keyes Rm., Milton Public Library

    Organized by the Conservation Committee, Milton Garden Club

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    1:00 - 3:00 pmHoughton's Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton, MA

     

    Moderate walk, hilly terrain, 3+ miles. Wolcott Path to Wildcat Notch and return via Five Corners Trail.

    Meet at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street.

    Things to know before you go

    • Wear sturdy footgear and consider walking poles and ice cleats
    • Dress in layers and avoid cotton clothing
    • Carry drinking water
    • We will hike unless the weather  creates unsafe conditions
    • If weather conditions are questionable, please call 508-866-2580, ext 165
  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018
    09:00:00Blue Hills Reservation

    Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for this co-sponsored hike with AMC.  We'll hike the White Triangle Trail starting from the Houghton's Pond parking lot on Hillside Street. This 5+ mile route starts and finishes at Houghton's Pond as it zig-zags it's way through a portion of the reservation.

    Please  RSVP here.

     

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018
    10:00 am - 1:00 pmMary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust, 1465 Brush Hill Rd, Milton, Massachusetts 02186

    The Gypsy Moths are Coming! Learn how to identify and destroy this invasive pest before it does serious damage to your backyard and neighborhood!

    The Gypsy moth, an invasive pest, is making a comeback in New England. Introduced to the United States in 1869, the gypsy moth population explodes to very high numbers approximately every 10 years. During these outbreaks, the caterpillars strip trees of their leaves, defoliating neighborhoods or even entire forests in late June. While most healthy trees can survive a single defoliation, successive infestations can kill trees, especially those already stressed or which suffer drought or other damage. This is the second year of Gypsy moth infestation in the Blue Hills. It’s time to defend our trees!

    Come and learn many interesting facts about this pest including its connection to the spread of Lyme disease, reasons for its importation into the U.S. and how you can help manage the outbreak. This workshop, led by the Wakefield Estate’s Landscape Director Debbie Merriam, will begin with a brief presentation followed by outdoor identification and removal of egg sacks from trees. Rain or shine; and dress accordingly. Space is limited, call 617-333-0924 to rsvp. $5-10 donation.

  • Tue
    27
    Feb
    2018
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pmBlue Hill Ski Area, 4001 Washington St, Canton

    Beat the Winter Blues at Winter Fest!
    Tuesday, February 27, from 5-8 p.m. at Blue Hills Ski Area

    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 (starting at 7 pm) 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 restaurants, entertain the kids with crafts, and warm up to the company of old and new friends.

    Come vote for your favorite chili in the Battle of the Blue Hills Chili Cook-Off!  You will receive a free sample of each chili before you cast your vote!  You'll taste delicious chili - including a vegetarian chili! - from the following generous vendors:

    • Bents in Milton
    • Blue Hills Grille in Canton
    • Chili's in Braintree
    • The Fours in Quincy
    • Whole Foods Market in Dedham

    Blue Hills Ski Area will be offering discounted ski tickets for the night. If planning to ski, print the front page of www.FriendsoftheBlueHills.org or the FBH Facebook page and bring it to the event. For more information, email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
    Sun
    25
    Mar
    2018
    10am - 4pmDCR Brookwood Farm in Milton

    It’s sugarin’ time in the Blue Hills! Join us as we make maple syrup in the traditional way at beautiful DCR Brookwood Farm in Milton.

    Put on your boots and flannel shirt and join the fun! Ride the free shuttle ride aboard the Maple Express Trolley. Smell the wood smoke as you watch clouds of steam rise from the bubbling sap. Savor the taste of real maple syrup. Discover maple sugaring through time. Kids games, warming fire and food trucks too!

    Horse-drawn wagon rides for an additional fee. Activities for all ages.

    Program admission:       Cash only please

    Adults $10.00                Children (ages 3-12) $5.00                      Ages 2 and under free

    Maple Sugar Days is a joint program of the DCR and Mass. Audubon Trailside Museum.

    Proceeds benefit the Trailside Museum. For more info, please call 617-333-0690.

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018
    1pm - 2:30 pmHoughton’s Pond parking lot at 840 Hillside St. in Milton.

    Moderate walk, some hills, 4 miles.  Old Rte. 128 to Beech Hollow and Doe Hollow.

  • Tue
    10
    Apr
    2018
    11am - 12pmHoughton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton

    Calling all parents and tots! Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for a new season of Peek-a-Blue Hikes for parents and tots. Enjoy a kids and parents scavenger hunt, complete with prizes for all! Complimentary water, juice and snacks too.

    Hikes will then be offered every other Tuesday morning throughout the season.  For more information and 2018 dates, visit www.FriendsoftheBlueHills.org/peekablue.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    10am - 12pm

    Preregistration is required. For ages 12 and up. Email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us

    with name, number of attendees and ages.

    Join Les Tyrala, a registered geologist, on this co-sponsored DCR and the Friends of the Blue Hills (FBH) geology walk, as we explore the volcanic bedrock and glacial features of the Blue Hills. Learn the secrets of geological processes on this moderately strenuous hike over rocky terrain. Sturdy footwear is required.

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    1pm - 2:30 pmShea Rink parking lot at 651 Willard St. in Quincy.

    Moderate walk, some hilly terrain, 3+ miles. Walk from St. Moritz Pond to Sawcut Notch, return on Crags Foot Path.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    9:00 am - noonHoughton's Pond, 840 Hillside St, Milton

    Green Up the Blue Hills
    April 28, 9:00 am - noon

    Do you want to help care for the Blue Hills and have a great time?  Then join us for Green Up the Blue Hills, our annual stewardship event! People of all ages will help to protect the forests from gypsy moths and teens and adults will help remove the debris from recent storms and protect the trails from erosion to make sure everyone can explore the park.

    It won’t be all work and no play, though!  You’ll also enjoy complimentary refreshments crafts, music, face-painting, a scavenger hunt and storytelling.  Come for one hour or all four!

    We’ll provide all the tools and training you’ll need but bring your gardening gloves if you have them. We recommend you also wear close-toed shoes if you plan to do trail maintenance.

    If you’re interested in helping out, please RSVP to Greenup@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

    We look forward to seeing you at Green Up the Blue Hills!

    Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of Green Up!

    Eagle Farms - Milton

    Boston Solar

     

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    9am - 1pmHoughton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside St. in Milton

    Lend a hand for DCR Park Serve Day with Blue Hills trailwork. Join the Friends of Blue Hills to help clear the trails.  Activities may include raking, digging out water bars and culverts, cutting branches or removing invasive plants.

    Includes a hike to the work sites.  Wear long pants and gloves. Tools, water, snacks and lunch provided.

    For more info, email us at trailsprogram@friendsofthebluehills.org.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pmMeet at the Ponkapoag Golf Course parking lot at 2167 Washington St. in Canton.

    Moderate walk, some hills. Walk a 4 mile loop around Ponkapoag Pond on the green dot trail.

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.