Events

Jun. 29, 2017 -  Trail Run: REI Series

REI Trail Run Series- Blue Hills Reservation Houghton’s Pond Thursday, June 29, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Put your trail legs to the test at an REI Trail Run this year. Whether you’re looking to try your first trail run or to hit a personal best, these fun, light-hearted races will help you set your pace!  See REI Flyer for details about how to register.

 

 

Jul. 7, 2017 -  DCR Hikes & Happenings: Bats in the Blue Hills

Bats in the Blue Hills Friday, July 7,       7:30 pm- 9 pm

Email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us for registration and location. Space is limited.

Bats, our only flying mammals, are truly remarkable and often misunderstood animals. Bats are very beneficial and can eat up to 600 insects an hour. Join us for an evening of bat appreciation as we learn more about these amazing creatures in an indoor lecture then head outside to  lure in a few of these flying wonders.

For ages 8 and up.

Things to know before you go

  • All programs are FREE
  • Wear sturdy […]

Jul. 8, 2017 -  DCR Southeast Massachusetts Adult Walking Club

Saturday, July 8       11 am- 12:30 pm

Moderate walk, some hilly terrain, 3 miles, 1.5 hours. Walk from the Donovan School to Ponkapoag and return via Madden Road. Meet at the Donovan School on 123 Reed St. in Randolph.

Things to know

  • Wear sturdy footgear and carry drinking water
  • Sunscreen and bug spray recommended
  • We will hike unless the weather creates unsafe conditions
  • If weather conditions are questionable, please call 508.866.2580 ext. 165.

Jul. 8, 2017 -  FBH Trail Maintenance

Saturday, Jul 8th,   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.  There will also be an opportunity to work at the Blue Hills Reservation farm, Brookwood Farm, as part of their Harvest Festival.  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 […]

Jul. 11, 2017 -  Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots

Peek a Blue Hike

Tuesday, Jul 11,  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 […]

Jul. 15, 2017 -  DCR Hikes & Happenings: Brookwood Farm Children’s Story Tour

Brookwood Farm Children’s Story Tour Saturday, July 15     10 am- 11 am

For registration and location, e-mail Susan Dolan at cpcmecasld@verizon.net.

Join us for a Summer Storywalk! Experience Janet Stevens’ Tops and Bottoms come alive as we walk through the pages of her story book. We’ll also plant seeds to grow your own food at home and look for the critters who like to eat off the land! For families with children 3-8 years. Co-sponsored by DCR, Brookwood Community Farm and Milton Early Childhood Alliance. The Storywalk will be open for self-guided tours from July through Labor Day […]

Jul. 16, 2017 -  Boots N Brews

Saturday, July 16, 9:30 am

Calling all Millennials! Here’s an event just for you! Join other young adults for Boots N Brews, a 2-hour hike in the Blue Hills, followed by a beer tasting at Blue Hills Brewery in Canton.  Space is limited, so RSVP by emailing BnB@FriendsoftheBlueHills. org to reserve your spot.

Once you are registered, you’ll find out the starting location of the hike.

Jul. 22, 2017 -  DCR Hikes & Happenings: Ponkapoag Bog Walk

Ponkapoag Bog Walk Saturday, July 22     10 am- 11:30 am

Email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us for registration and meeting place.

Join us on a fascinating venture into an Atlantic white cedar bog, a unique world of carnivorous plants and quaking vegetation. We’ll step deep into the heart of this mysterious world on the newly improved bog boardwalk. For ages 10 and up. 1.5 hours

Things to know before you go

  • All programs are FREE
  • Wear sturdy footgear on all hikes
  • Carry drinking water, wear sunscreen and consider insect repellant
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult on all programs
  • […]

Jul. 25, 2017 -  Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots

Peek a Blue Hike

Tuesday, Jul 25,  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 […]

Jul. 29, 2017 -  DCR Hikes & Happenings: 26th Annual Houghton’s Pond Fish Festival

Twenty Sixth Annual Houghton’s Pond Fish Festival Saturday, July 29     10 am – 1 pm

Take Rt. 93 to exit 3 and follow Fish Festival signs to picnic site 5 on the west side of Houghton’s Pond.

“Catch” some “reel” fun at Houghton’s Pond this summer! Join the DCR rangers and instructors from MassWildlife to learn the basics of fishing in this free clinic. Equipment is available or bring your own if possible. Crafts, games and other fishy activities too! A guaranteed good time.

Things to know before you go

  • All programs are FREE
  • Wear sturdy footgear […]

Aug. 5, 2017 -  FBH Trail Maintenance

Saturday, Aug 5th,   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 […]

Aug. 5, 2017 -  DCR Hikes & Happenings: Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer Saturday, August 5     10 am- 11 am

Meet at the Trailside Museum north parking lot at 1904 Canton Ave. in Milton.

Throw a leash on your pooch and join us for a dog-friendly stroll as we mark the hottest days of the summer. 1 hour

Things to know before you go

  • All programs are FREE
  • Wear sturdy footgear on all hikes
  • Carry drinking water, wear sunscreen and consider insect repellant
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult on all programs
  • We will hike unless the weather creates unsafe conditions
  • For  weather updates and […]

Aug. 8, 2017 -  Peek a Blue Hikes for You and Your Tots

Peek a Blue Hike

Tuesday, Aug 8,  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 […]

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