DCR: 125 Years Preserving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Art Exhibit featuring Massachusetts State Parks @ Blue Hills Trailside Museum
Sep 8 – Nov 28 all-day

The Department of Conservation and Recreation is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. The core mission of the DCR is to protect, promote, and enhance the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the well-being of all.  In celebration of this special 125th anniversary of the DCR, Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum is hosting an art exhibit featuring works from local artists which depict the natural, historical and recreational resources of the DCR’s Blue Hills Reservation.

Peek-a-Blue Hikes for Parents and Tots @ 840 Hillside St, Milton, MA 02186, USA
Oct 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Peek-a-Blue Hikes for Parents and Tots @ 840 Hillside St, Milton, MA 02186, USA | Milton | Massachusetts | United States

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.

Friends of the Blue Hills Annual Celebration @ Canton Town Club
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for the Annual Celebration of the Friends of the Blue Hills on Thursday, October 4.  This is the best opportunity all year to support the Friends of the Blue Hills – and the Blue Hills!  You’ll have a wonderful time celebrating the Blue Hills with others who love the park.  Join us and hear all that we’ve accomplished together over the past year!

Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction and much more! Tickets are $35 each if purchased by October 1 and $40 each at the door

Our Keynote Speaker will be Ellen Berkland, Staff Archaeologist for the Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Ellen P. Berkland, M.A., R.P.A., has been a practicing professional archaeologist in New England for over 30 years.  Before joining the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as staff archaeologist, Ellen served as the Boston City Archaeologist for 15 years, and prior to that tenure, worked on almost all of the Big Dig archaeological campaigns. Ellen helps the public understand the rich history of people who lived before us.  She helps protect evidence of these people – and other cultural resources – that lie buried beneath half a million acres of land in the Commonwealth.

Volunteer Trail Maintenance @ Houghton's Pond Parking Lot
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us at our monthly trail maintenance event! We 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 pizza lunch.

This program is designed to have volunteers work with trail leaders to maintain drainage structures such as culverts and water bars, and to clear the trails of overgrowth and downed branches. Volunteers will receive training in working safely as well as proper maintenance and use of the tools.

No prior experience necessary! Make sure to dress appropriately for working on the trails and bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and bug spray!