Bats in the Blue Hills
Friday, July 12, 7:30 pm- 9 pm
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 the DCR for an evening of bat appreciation as we learn more about these amazing creatures in an indoor lecture then head outside to look and listen for a few of these flying wonders. Email Maggi.Brown@mass.gov for registration and meeting location. Space is limited. For ages 8 and up.
Things to know before you go
- Program is free and open to the public.
- Preregistration is required for this event.
- For children ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Wear sturdy footgear, carry drinking water on all hikes and dress in layers for maximum comfort. Big spray is recommended.
- Reasonable accommodations available upon request. For accessibility questions, please email Maggi Brown in advance at Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us
Call 617-727-4573 X 4 for more information.
You are invited to a free family fishing festival!
Take lessons in casting, knot-tying and fish identification, then cast a line into Houghton’s Pond. Instructional clinics throughout the day. Fish crafts and games too!
Bring your own equipment or there will be limited equipment available for loan.
No fishing license required for this educational, non-competitive family event. Free bait provided.
Look for the Friends of the Blue Hills table and say hi!
Take exit 3 from Rte. 93 and follow the signs to the Fish Festival.Event at picnic site #5 on Blue Hill River Road in Milton.
Call (617) 727-4573, X4 for more information.
Sponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and the Department of Conservation & Recreation.
Photo credit: Nicole Barrett (Hyde Park)
Special 40th Anniversary Event
Saturday, July 27, from 8:30-11 a.m.
As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration, the Friends is offering our members an opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty and serenity of the Blue Hills!
Join us for a Forest Bathing Walk in the Reservation led by certified Forest Therapy Guide Tam Willey. These slow-paced guided wanderings promote wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that invite us to notice more of our natural surroundings.
SPACE IS LIMITED and is open to Members Only on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org. Once you are registered, you will receive additional information including the meeting place. If the session is full, you will be placed on a waiting list.
If you are not yet a member, you can join today! As a member, you’ll receive a trail map and invitations to special Members Only events throughout the year. Most importantly, your donation will help protect and preserve the Blue Hills Reservation for current and future generations!
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 26, 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 5:47 p.m. This is a self-guided hike, so arrive anytime.
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.