DCR: Open House at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead @ Dorothy Quincy Homestead
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

A National Historic Landmark, the Quincy Homestead is significant for its role in early American history, for its architecture, and for its Quincy family association.

In addition to the architecture and furnishings, docents share stories of the Quincy family during the colonial era. The tours are free.

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.

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.

Blue Hills Trailside Museum Owl Festival @ Blue Hills Trailside Museum
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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