Volunteer Appreciation Event @ Widowmaker Brewing
Oct 3 @ 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Volunteer Appreciation Event @ Widowmaker Brewing | Braintree | Massachusetts | United States

We’re celebrating our volunteers on October 3rd!  Join us for a walk, followed by refreshments at Widowmaker Brewery!

Each year, hundreds of volunteers like you devote over 1,000 hours to helping to care for the park.  Our volunteers cut back brush to clear the trails, remove invasive species to protect endangered species habitat.  Volunteers also write articles, manage social media, organize events that engage hundreds of people and advocate for the park.  The park — its visitors and natural inhabitants — all benefit from their extraordinary efforts.

Our volunteers are definitely worth celebrating!

At the Volunteer Appreciation Event, you can meet us at 5:15 pm for a short walk or join us at 6:30 or later where we’ll meet at Widowmaker Brewery.  You’ll enjoy complimentary refreshments and can taste Widowmaker’s brew at the cash bar.

Take a moment to celebrate and look back on all the work you’ve completed this year. Connect with your community while enjoying an evening at Widowmaker Brewing!

Annual Celebration: Kindness Counts! @ Canton Town Club
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You’re Invited to the Blue Hills Annual Celebration!

Kindness Counts!

Join us to support the Blue Hills Reservation and celebrate the past year of protecting and preserving the Blue Hills together.



Our Annual Celebration is a time for friends, members, and supporters to gather, share their love for the park, honor some special contributors, and raise money to support the organization’s ongoing initiatives.

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We are excited to share that our special guest speaker this year is none other than Brian Arrigo, the newly appointed Department of Conservation and Recreation commissioner, who will speak with us about protecting and preserving our favorite park.

The theme of the evening ‘Kindness Counts,’ underscores everything our members do for visitors, wildlife and each other. The Commissioner will also highlight how the strong culture of stewardship that already exists in the Blue Hills strengthens the ‘Be Kind’ campaign that the DCR will launch in partnership with Friends groups, including the Friends of the Blue Hills.



A big thank you to our generous sponsors:

Adele Rothman





2023 Blue Hills Fall Foliage and Sunset Hike! @ Blue Hills Ski Area
Oct 28 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
2023 Blue Hills Fall Foliage and Sunset Hike! @ Blue Hills Ski Area | Canton | Massachusetts | United States

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 28th from 3:30 – 6:30 pm, the Friends of the Blue Hills and Blue Hill Ski will be sponsoring a free self-guided hike to the top of Great Blue. Complimentary 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. You will also tap your feet to the music of Owl Haus at the summit from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Sunset will be at 5:45pm. This is a self-guided hike, so feel free to arrive anytime. (You’ll just want to give yourself time to hike to the top to see the sunset!)

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.

Please wear sturdy shoes, bring water and it would be a good idea to bring a flashlight as well. Free parking is available at Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington Street, Canton.

All participants will check in at the Ski Lodge or at the Red Dot Trail/Abigail Adams trailhead in the Blue Hills Trailside Museum south parking lot.  You also need to check out at the end of the hike at the Blue Hill Ski Area lodge.  We require your phone number so we can call you if you do not check out, just to make sure you returned safely.

If your company or organization would like to sponsor this hike or other Friends of the Blue Hills events, please reach out to Melissa Nelson at

Email us with your questions:




Trail Maintenance with Mike
Nov 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Trail Maintenance with Mike

Get some fresh air and exercise… and give back to an amazing park that serves tens of thousands of visitors each year. At this event we will be raking out the drainage ditches along the side of the trail. Your work will keep the trails from eroding and make sure people can explore the park. Please wear sturdy shoes (no sandals) and long pants. If you have a favorite pair of gardening gloves, please bring them. Please bring at least a liter of water as well. We will provide all the tools and training you’ll need. No experience necessary. Thanks to Mike Pratt for leading this event.

Sign up here!