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Jul
27
Sat
2019
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 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!

Aug
7
Wed
2019
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: Info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.  

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.  

Oct
3
Thu
2019
Special 40th Anniversary Celebration @ Canton Town Club
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Special 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 – 9:00 pm –  Canton Town Club, 300 Bailey Street, Canton

Help us mark this special 40th Anniversary by joining us at our Annual Celebration on Thursday, October 3. We will celebrate the Blue Hills, our members and friends, and everything we have accomplished together over the past 40 years!

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Our Keynote Speaker will be New York Times Best-Selling Author Tom Ryan, whose book Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship tells the heart-warming story of this newspaper reporter and his relationship with his beloved dog Atticus M. Finch as they hike the mountains of New Hampshire together.  You will also be able to purchase signed copies of the book at the event, thanks to an Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe of Plainville.

Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction and much more! Tickets are $35 each if purchased by September 30 and $40 each at the door.

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2019 Honorees  This year, as part of our 40th-anniversary celebration, we will be acknowledging, with a ‘Legacy Award,’ those partners and individuals who have made a significant impact on the organization over the years.  We are also celebrating our community partners who have been working to improve the Blue Hills and our natural environment.
Legacy Awards 
REI
Norman Smith
Bob Flagg & Caleb Blankenship 
Community Partner Awards
Steve Cobble – New England Mountain Bike Association
Many thanks to our general sponsors!
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Milton
Fruit Center Marketplace
Dedham Savings
Success! Real Estate
Elaine Louise Miller

Nov
16
Sat
2019
Boots ‘n’ Brews @ TBD
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Boots 'n' Brews @ TBD

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for a “Hiking Boots and Brews” event! If you would like to explore the Blue Hills Reservation, meet other people, and sample some delicious beers, please join us! After a 2-3 hour hike along popular Blue Hills trails, hikers who are 21 years and older will have the opportunity to visit a nearby brewery to enjoy some cold ones. This is a free event.  Beer may be purchased at the brewery.

Email group leader Steve Kruszkowski: bnb@friendsofthebluehills.org for RSVP. Meeting location and trail TBD. Heavy rain cancels.

Sign the electronic waiver here.