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Disappearing trees in the Blue Hills and around

Although it may seem like there are a lot of trees (especially in the Blue Hills!), we're actually losing trees... and as Laura Beebe describes, that is a problem that is rather difficult to solve. Learn about the important and surprising roles that trees play-- from...

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7 Quick Tips for Hiking in the Summer Heat

This summer heat can be quite oppressive, but you shouldn’t let it keep you from getting outside and hiking! Hot temperatures can be a danger, but only if you are unprepared. Read about some tips and accessories that can help make your summer hiking a safe and fun...

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A Runner’s Playground

We all love a good day on the trails hiking, but have you ever thought about picking up the pace and going for a run on the trails? On Blue Hills A-Live, trail runner Tess Harvey tells us why the Blue Hills are great for trail running, the benefits of taking your run...

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The changing ecology at Quincy Quarries

Rick Kesseli is back to talk about how human development can change the flora and fauna in an area. At Quincy Quarries, mankind has been changing the land for the past 200 years. Learn about the types of native and non-native species that reside there now and...

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Hidden History at Lyon’s Turning Mill

Did you know that the northeastern-most part of the Blue Hills helped fuel a booming business that provided granite to many historic monuments and buildings? Just next door to the Blue Hills lies the amazing remains of the Lyon's Turning Mill. Explore the historic...

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Rock climbing at Quincy Quarries

Check out this week's Blue Hills A-Live to learn about rock climbing in Quincy Quarries in the Blue Hills. Doug Martland from Eastern Mountain Sports tells us how to get started, identify good routes, and how to get climbing in Quincy Quarries!

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Discovering what lies on top of the Blue Hills

In this week, on Blue Hills A-Live, we learn from Rick Kesseli about the plant life that survives on top of these Blue Hills. Next time you climb Great Blue, Buck, or Chickatawbut hill, be sure to not only take in the vast views but to observe the life right at your...

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Blue Hills A-Live: Meadow Habitat

There are some habitats that are filled with interesting species that rely on humans to be maintained. Learn about the species of birds and plants that exist in the meadow at Brookwood farm, how it is being maintained, what threatens these species, and more on Blue...

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Blue Hills A-Live: Rick Kesseli and adaptations

How do plants survive the seasonal changes in New England? Learn about how various plant life in the Blue Hills, from ferns along the forest floor to towers oaks and maples have adapted to survive harsh winters and make the most of sun and water in the spring and...

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3 Ways To Protect Vernal Pool Species

You may have seen small pools of water that appear from spring to fall and tend to disappear in the winter. These are vernal pools and there are quite a few in the Blue Hills. Reservation. Vernal pools play an important role as a home and breeding ground for many...

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What will happen to Broderick Stable?

Broderick Stable was built in 1899 and was the first structure in the Blue Hills Reservation on this flank of Blue Hill.  After significant investment, it's future is uncertain.  Find out why - and as a bonus, meet Sargent Mike! https://youtu.be/SZgGmJFa1U8

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How Beacon Hill Helps or Hurts the Blue Hills

The survival of the Blue Hills -- and all our state parks -- depends on resources and support from our legislature. Watch Senator Walter Timilty to learn the latest news from Beacon Hill and how legislation will affect the Blue Hills. https://youtu.be/mGZTqK74el0

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Fruit Center Marketplace Helps Blue Hills on Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, the Fruit Center Marketplace will donate $2 for every customer who uses a reusable grocery bag in the store on Sunday, April 22.  All proceeds of the promotion will go to the Friends of the Blue Hills to help maintain 125 miles of trails...

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Help Protect Skyline Trail Hikers

Please sign our petition if you care about making the Blue Hills safe and the trails accessible for everyone who wants to hike the Skyline Trail. Anyone who has tried to follow the Skyline Trail across Routes 28 and 138 knows how dangerous it is to cross...

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Underwater Secrets: Vernal Pools

Have you ever wondered about these small bodies of water that only appear in the spring? Those are vernal pools and they are teeming with life! On this episode of Blue Hills A-Live, your weekly guide to the Blue Hills, Kyla Bennett reveals the importance of these...

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Four Threats to a Healthy Watershed & How To Help

The Blue Hills surrounds and protects sections of 2 watersheds around Canton and Milton: the Blue Hills River and the Neponset River. The watershed functions as land surrounding a water source, such as a river, that flows into a lake or other large body of water, such...

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Brookwood Farm Transcript

Blue Hills A-Live: Brookwood Farm A Facebook live interview with Sara Rostampour Judy Jacobs: The Blue Hills are for more than just hiking. Today we will visit Brookwood Farm where you will learn all about the history of farming in the Blue Hills. I’m Judy Lehrer...

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What Thoreau knew can help the Blue Hills

This week, Dr. Richard Primack, a biologist at Boston University, talks to us about how environmental scientists are tracking the phenology, or timing of ecological events, in New England. Listen to this week's episode to learn about how the landscape, flora, and...

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Why You Shouldn’t Curse The Snow

Living in New England means that big snowstorms can sometimes start in fall and stretch well into spring. While this may mean more shoveling, more snow days, and turning up the heat just a tad, it also means that we can expect a healthy watershed and a lesser chance...

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