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.
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!
Admission charged for this fundraiser:
$6/per person for Mass. Audubon members
$8/per person non-members.
Give a hoot for owls at Trailside Museum’s Owl Festival! Meet live owls up close and discover how these mysterious animals survive. Celebrate all things owl in myths, legends, and art. Find out about conservation challenges owls face and what you can do to help. There will be kid’s crafts, food trucks, and fun for all ages. All Owl Festival proceeds help the Blue Hills Trailside Museum continue to provide quality educational programming as well as caring for the museum’s non-releasable wild animals and hosting thousands of visitors to the Blue Hills Reservation. For more info, call 617-333-0690 or
What could be more spectacular than fall foliage? Viewing this foliage from the top of Great Blue as the sun sets! Enjoy the season’s finest colors from the summit of the region’s highest hill.
On Saturday, October 14, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Friends of the Blue Hills and Blue Hill Ski will be sponsoring a free hike to the top of Great Blue. Complimentary hot cider and apples will be served at the top of the mountain, and hikers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at the summit. Sunset will be at approximately 6 p.m.
This is the only opportunity to hike down Great Blue at night. After sunset, the ski area lights will be on to guide the way. For safety reasons, all hikers should check in at the ski area at the base of the hill before and after the hike. Hikers are encouraged to bring flashlights if they have them. The Blue Hill Observatory will be open from 4:30-7:00 p.m. and will provide tours and viewing for a nominal charge. Free parking is available at Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington Street, Canton.