DCR Ponkapoag Pond Master Plan Public Meeting
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
DCR Ponkapoag Pond Master Plan Public Meeting

Department of Conservation and Recreation Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Ponkapoag Pond Master Plan & Fisherman’s Cove Improvements
Public Meeting

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 6:00pm-7:30pm

 Teams Meeting link: Click here to join the meeting

At this remotely held public meeting, the Department of Conservation and Recreation project team will present initial designs for the Ponkapoag Pond master plan and Fisherman’s Cove improvements. DCR’s vision for Ponkapoag Pond is to protect and restore the ecologically sensitive landscape as we create an accessible and sustainable outdoor destination – featuring hiking, wading, boating, horse riding, and cross-country skiing – that provides an opportunity to educate park users about the rich and diverse ecology of the ACEC. The project scope also includes an early action project at Fisherman’s Cove, to improve vehicular and pedestrian circulation and create accessible parking and routes.

If you need assistance when registering, please contact During the meeting, the public will be invited to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed design, using the raise hand and chat functionality that will be available through the virtual participation platform.

After the meeting, the presentation will be available for viewing at

DCR encourages the public to share additional feedback, with a deadline for receipt of comments by DCR of Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

Comments may be submitted online at Please note that the content of comments you submit to DCR, along with your name, town, and zip code, will be posted on DCR’s website. Additional contact information required when commenting, notably email address, will only be used for outreach on future updates on the subject project or property.

If you have agency-related questions or concerns or would like to be added to an email list to receive DCR general or project-specific announcements, please email or call 617-626-4973.


Holiday Toy Drive with NEMBA
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) will hold its Annual Holiday Toys Drive at BlueHills on December 12th, 2021.

Based out of the Houghton’s Pond lot on Hillside street, from 9 AM til 1 PM, we will be accepting donations of toys and gifts for children in need. We will also offer guided mountain bike rides of all ability levels, going out between 9 AM and 9:30 AM. We’ll also have GPS routes available for self-guidance.

All collected toys and gifts will be delivered to Interfaith Social Services, to be distributed to children in need all over the South Shore, just in time for the holidays.

Please bring an unwrapped toy/gift donation for any age up to 16.
Warm beverages will be provided to take the chill off…

Beginner’s Hike with Friends of the Blue Hills
Dec 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Beginner's Hike with Friends of the Blue Hills

Beginner hikers welcome! Join the Friends of the Blue Hills on an easy 3-4 mile hike around picturesque Houghton’s Pond and the green dot trail, approximately 1.5 hours long.

Trails are mostly level. You must be comfortable walking a comparable distance. Be prepared to step over tree roots and some rocks. Sturdy walking shoes required. Dress for the weather. Heavy rain or thunderstorms will cancel. Group size will be limited to 25. Bring at least 1 liter of water and a snack. We start as a group and end as a group; nobody is left behind. No children under 12 and no pets, please.

DCR Southeastern MA Adult Walking Club
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Blue Hills Reservation, 1:00pm—3:00pm
Moderate walk, hilly terrain, 3.5+ miles. Wolcott Path to Eustis Trail and Base Path, return via Hancock Hill Path. Meet at the Blue Hills Headquarters staff parking lot at 695 Hillside St. Milton. 617-727-4573 x4.

Poo-lution Solution Zoom Training
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Poo-lution Solution Zoom Training

Be a part of the “poo-lution” solution and join us in developing a plan to help reduce dog waste and bio-pollution on the trails!

Dog waste – in and out of a bag – is more than just a smelly annoyance.  Dog waste in the park is an environmental pollutant that contaminates our water supply and is hazardous to wildlife and humans.
You’re invited to join our new Poo-lution Solution team! If you’re interested in learning how to clean up the park… without even having to pick up trash… you can learn how to use a smart phone app developed by Earthwise Aware to record your observations of poop bags in the Blue Hills.


We will teach you all that you need to know… you do not need any prior experience or knowledge. Join us for this online training to learn how to be involved. After the training session, you will only need to commit to walking 1/4 mile on two trails at least twice a month. The first Zoom training is on Thursday, December 16th, 2021 at 5:30pm. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to attend this one, there will be additional trainings in the future!

The first Zoom training is on December 16th at 5:30pm. Add your email below to sign up.

Gift Wrapping with REI & Friends of the Blue Hills
Dec 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Gift Wrapping with REI & Friends of the Blue Hills

Bring your gifts for the holiday season to The Rink at 401 Park in Boston to have them wrapped for you! Saturday, 12/18 from 11am – 3pm.

REI, the official sponsor of The Rink at 401 Park, is partnering with Friends of the Blue Hills to offer gift wrapping with recycled paper to those attending the celebration. They will be asking for a donation in exchange for the gift wrapping, and all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Blue Hills. Make sure to come prepared with gifts, and visit them outside The Rink at 401 Park.
Click HERE to learn more about how you can support this even by being a volunteer.