Forest Bathing – Members Only @ Blue Hills
Jul 27 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

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 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!

Trail Maintenance @ Houghton's Pond Parking Lot
Aug 3 @ 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 stay after for a pizza lunch!

Peek-a-Blue Hikes for Parents and Tots @ Houghton's Pond main parking lot
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Calling all parents and tots! Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for a new season of Peek-a-Blue Hikes for parents and tots. Complimentary water, juice and snacks too. Hikes will be offered every other Tuesday morning throughout the season. For more info, visit

Mosquito Citizen Science Project: Make a Mosquito Trap!
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mosquito Citizen Science Project: Make a Mosquito Trap!

Do you want to help out with an important project to track the Asian tiger mosquito?  You can help a regional effort to better understand how this invasive insect is spreading.  Join us Wednesday, August 7 to learn from experts at UMass Boston about the importance of this particular insect… and then to make traps and catch mosquitoes!  Please bring plastic soda bottles (to make the traps with).  Please RSVP for meeting location:  

If you can’t make the event, you can still participate in this important citizen’s science project.  Learn more.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Invasive Boundary Project
Why we need your help finding the Asian tiger mosquito!

The Asian tiger mosquito (ATM) is originally from Asia. It was introduced to the United States decades ago and every year the Asian tiger mosquito moves farther north. The ATM is aggressive and bites people throughout the day. Besides being a huge nuisance, they are capable of spreading a number of disease-causing agents (such as viruses and dog heartworm) that can make humans and pets sick. Having more information regarding the mosquito’s location will help us focus research efforts to prevent the spread of diseases.

Find out more about this project.

The event is organized by the Friends of the Blue Hills and the University of Massachusetts Boston.  The initiative is part of a larger endeavor on the development of climate-informed decision-support tools for the prevention of Aedes-borne disease in the US through Columbia University’s Earth Institute, funded by the International Research and Applications Program (IRAP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.