DCR Spring Storywalk “A Salamander’s Room” @ Blue Hills Reservation
Apr 1 – May 31 all-day
DCR Spring Storywalk "A Salamander's Room" @ Blue Hills Reservation | Milton | Massachusetts | United States

Enjoy a Family Spring Storywalk® at Houghton’s Pond Playground. Visit A Salamander Room. Vernal pools and wetlands come alive in spring! Many salamanders and frogs are most active this time of year. Be on the lookout but please do not be tempted to take one home as the little boy in this story does. Read along and see all the things a salamander needs to live. Stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. Add a unique literacy experience to your outdoor fun. Best for families with kids 3-8 years old. Enjoy a self-guided visit through the end of May at 840 Hillside Street in Milton. Co-sponsored by DCR and Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

New England Hiking Speaker @ Milton Public Library, Keys Community Room
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join author Jeff Romano for a presentation showcasing day hiking opportunities throughout New England. Jeff will discuss the region’s best hiking destinations, share advice, provide insights, and answer questions on how and where to plan your next hiking adventure. The presentation will also include information on New England wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.

Jeff Romano is a lifelong New England resident who has been hiking for more than four decades. He is the author of three hiking guide books: Day Hiking New England (2015), 100 Classic Hikes: New England (2010), and Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the Maine Coast (2006). Published by Mountaineers Books, these publications will be available for sale after the presentation. Jeff has also published numerous outdoor articles for the Boston Globe.

When not hiking, Jeff directs public policy activities for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a land trust that conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands.  He lives in Hallowell, Maine with his wife, son, and daughter.

Trail Maintenance @ Houghton's Pond Parking Lot
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join us to help care for the trails!  We will make sure the drain structures are ready for winter, clear away storm debris and cut back brush that blocks the trails.  Wear sturdy boots, long pants and work gloves and bring at least one quart of water. Questions? Email

In case of inclement weather, we will cancel, so please sign up for trail maintenance alerts at the bottom of our trail maintenance page. Be sure to join us after for a pizza lunch!

Skills in the Blue Hills: Basic Map & Compass Navigation Outing @ Houghton's Pond main parking lot
May 19 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ever get lost while hiking?  Then this session is for you!  Bring your Blue Hills trail map (will be available for sale for $3 each) and your compass/smartphone and learn some tips about navigation from an expert at L.L. Bean.  Please rsvp to in case there are last minute changes.