Events

Feb. 17, 2016 -  DCR Winter Wonders Scavenger Hunt

Photo by Sherry Carney

DCR Winter Wonders Scavenger Hunt Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside Street, Milton

Celebrate the season of snow! Grab your hats and mittens and get outside. A world of wonders awaits you on this winter family discovery walk. You’ll join a DCR Ranger to wander a 1-mile trail around Houghton’s Pond in search of nature’s winter treasures. Fun for the whole family! Please dress for weather. Meet at the kiosk at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot. For more information, please call the park at (617) 698-1802.

Photo credit: Sherry […]

Feb. 19, 2016 -  Be a Winter Wildlife Detective with DCR

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Be a Winter Wildlife Detective with a DCR Ranger Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside Street, Milton Friday, February 19, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Put on your detective hat as you search for clues of animal activity. Where do animals go in the winter? Join a DCR Ranger as we look for tracks and other animal signs on this 1-mile winter wildlife safari. Ages 8 and up. Please dress for weather. Meet at the kiosk at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot. For more information, please call the park at (617) 698-1802.

Feb. 20, 2016 -  DCR Adult Walking Club

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Saturday, February 20th, 1 pm

Moderate walk, hilly terrain, 2.5 miles. Bugbee Path to Beech Hollow Path and Oblique Path. Return via Old 128. Meet at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton.

Things to know before you go:

  • Wear sturdy foot gear
  • Carry drinking water
  • We will hike unless the weather creates unsafe conditions
  • If weather conditions are questionable, please call DCR at 508-866-2580, ext 165

Photo credit: Carole Saia (Quincy)

Feb. 23, 2016 -  Beat the Winter Blues at Winter Fest!

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Blue Hills Winter Fest

Tuesday, February 23, from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington St, Canton

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun at the Blue hills Winter Fest! Come for a night hike 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 […]

Feb. 28, 2016 -  DCR Adult Walking Club

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Sunday, February 28th, 1 pm

Moderate walk, hilly terrain, 3 miles. Wolcott Path to Wildcat Notch and return via Halfway Path. Meet at the Blue Hills Headquarters staff parking lot at 695 Hillside St. in Milton.

Things to know before you go:

  • Wear sturdy footgear
  • Carry drinking water
  • We will hike unless the weather creates unsafe conditions
  • If weather conditions are questionable, please call DCR at 508-866-2580, ext 165

Photo credit: Mary Blanchette (Milton)

Mar. 19, 2016 to Mar. 20, 2016 -  Maple Sugar Days

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Maple Sugar Days March 19th & 20th 10am – 4pm

It’s sugarin’ time in the Blue Hills!  Join DCR and the Trailside Museum to make maple syrup in the traditional way at beautiful Brookwood farm in Canton.  Smell the wood smoke as you watch clouds of steam rise from the bubbling sap.  Savor the taste of real maple sugar and enjoy a journey through time as you learn about the history of maple sugar in Massachusetts.  Activities for all ages.  For more information call: (617) 333-0690.

Photo credit: Lee Toma (Milton)

Apr. 2, 2016 -  Wilderness First Aid

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Wilderness First Aid April 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 2016 Blue Hills Reservation Milton, Massachusetts

 

This unique course provides 36 hours of instruction over three weekends, with 50% of class time spent in outdoor hands-on practice designed to develop competence. By the end of the course, you’ll be certified in Advanced Wilderness First Aid through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (valid for 3 years) and have the confidence to use the skills you’ve learned.  The leisurely schedule allows time for hiking, biking or relaxation in addition to learning. No previous training or certification is necessary.  Suitable for all ages: teens (age 14 and up), adults and […]

Apr. 30, 2016 -  Trail Maintenance – DCR Park Serve Day

Saturday, April 30 (Part of DCR’s Park Serve Day), 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.  Events run about four hours, followed by a hearty lunch.  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.  Meet us at 9 […]

May. 14, 2016 -  Trail Maintenance

Saturday, May 14th,  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.  Event runs about four hours, followed by a hearty lunch.  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.  Meet us at 9 am at the Houghton’s Pond main […]

Jun. 4, 2016 -  Trail Maintenance – National Trails Day

Saturday, June 4th, (National Trails Day), 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.  Events run about four hours, followed by a hearty lunch.  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.  Meet us at 9 am at the […]

Jul. 9, 2016 -  Trail Maintenance

Saturday, July 9th,  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.  Events run about four hours, followed by a hearty lunch.  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.  Meet us at 9 am at the Houghton’s Pond main […]

Aug. 6, 2016 -  Trail Maintenance

Saturday, August 6th,  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.  Events run about four hours, followed by a hearty lunch.  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.  Meet us at 9 am at the Houghton’s Pond main parking […]

Sep. 10, 2016 -  Trail Maintenance

Saturday, Sept 10th,  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.  Events run about four hours, followed by a hearty lunch.  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.  Meet us at 9 am at the Houghton’s Pond main […]

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