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Three Best Summer Destinations for Your Family

Three Best Summer Destinations for Your Family

By Brittany Dixon Looking for great outdoor activities you can enjoy with your family?  Look no further than the Blue Hills for the best summer fun in the South Shore! Here are three great spots that are sure to please everyone in your family. Ponkapoag Pond, just...

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July is Membership Month !

July is Membership Month !

Every July we celebrate our Members with special members-only events. Not a Friends of the Blue Hills member?  Join today... and then join us at any or all of these terrific Membership Month events!  You'll meet other people like you who love the Blue Hills. Members...

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Member Profile: Erik Barrios

Member Profile: Erik Barrios

Erik Barrios grew up hiking the Blue Hills.  He still loves exploring the park.  That's why he's a member of the Friends of the Blue Hills.  You can join Erik and over 1,400 others to help care for the Reservation by becoming a member!  Q: What do you love about...

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Member Highlight: Farley Sullivan

Member Highlight: Farley Sullivan

Friends of the Blue Hills Members like Farley Sullivan are key to helping to care for the Blue Hills Reservation.  When you join the Friends of the Blue Hills as a member, you help care for the trails and forests that you love!  Why not join Farley, and over 1,400...

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Member Highlight: Gwen Williams

Member Highlight: Gwen Williams

Gwen Williams is a member of the Friends of the Blue Hills. Like all members, Gwen's support is critical to helping to care for the park. This July, we're celebrating our members for all they do to maintain the trails and care for the forest.  Our members are warmly...

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125-Mile Club Enthusiastic Participant: Loraine Sumner

125-Mile Club Enthusiastic Participant: Loraine Sumner

Loraine Sumner is one the hundreds of enthusiastic participants in the 125-Mile Club!  To challenge yourself to explore all 125 miles of trails in the Blue Hills, learn more and sign up here. Loraine reveals below what inspires her to hike... and the meaning she found...

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125-Mile Club Participant (and finisher!): Matthew Thomas

125-Mile Club Participant (and finisher!): Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas completed the 125-Mile Club hike… and then reflected on his journey.  He says “I didn't strive to take the most "efficient" route - more so I would think "where do I want to go and what do I want to see today?" And then would see what I haven't done...

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See Your Impact: 2021 Annual Report

See Your Impact: 2021 Annual Report

A huge thank you to all our members, supports, volunteers and leaders for helping to care for the Blue Hills. Please click below to see the 2021 Annual Report today to learn how you have made a positive impact on the park we all love.  

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Employment Opportunity: Part-time Membership Coordinator

Employment Opportunity: Part-time Membership Coordinator

Friends of the Blue Hills Membership Coordinator The Friends of the Blue Hills is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Blue Hills Reservation in its natural state and serve as a watchdog of activities that might adversely affect it. ...

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Donate to the Blue Hills (The Park Will Thank You!)

Donate to the Blue Hills (The Park Will Thank You!)

Your commitment to the Blue Hills can protect the forest and all the woodsy creatures too! Spring is the season of renewal... and it’s a good time to remember that we rely on individual supporters like you to be able to “renew the park” – to keep it healthy and ensure...

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Fires in the Blue Hills this Spring

Fires in the Blue Hills this Spring

A number of wildfires have burned in the Blue Hills recently, disrupting some visitors' plans and requiring state and local fire resources.  The fires, however, may have delivered some benefits to the Blue Hills fire-dependent ecosystems. In the last month, three...

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Sign Up to Hike with Friends!

Sign Up to Hike with Friends!

Meet friends and hike in the Blue Hills!  No matter the hike you choose, you'll meet people like you who love the Blue Hills and want to explore it!  If you'd like to challenge yourself to explore ALL trails in the park, sign up for the 125-Mile Club!   If there isn't...

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Planning your IRA withdrawals?

Planning your IRA withdrawals?

Planning your IRA withdrawals? Consider donating to the Friends of the Blue Hills through a Qualified Charitable Distribution! Donations from people like you are vital to caring for the Blue Hills. Thanks to recent tax changes, donating to the Friends of the Blue...

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Celebrate Earth Day with a Free Tree!

Celebrate Earth Day with a Free Tree!

The Blue Hills Climate Action Coalition is giving away trees again this year to celebrate Earth Day!  Fellow members of the Coalition are distributing trees at their events throughout the Blue Hills region.  See event details and event sign ups below. Thanks to REI...

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A Forgotten Carnival in the Blue Hills: St Moritz

A Forgotten Carnival in the Blue Hills: St Moritz

By Karen Murphy Bowes Hiking through the East side of The Blue Hills, it’s easy to miss. The history is quite rich. St. Moritz pond is man-made, but why? Shea Rink is a staple of the community in Quincy but the selection of this location at the edge of the Blue Hills...

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Action Alert: Invest in Our Parks

Action Alert: Invest in Our Parks

Please urge your state representative to increase investment in our state parks through the FY23 state budget. The need for investment in our parks system has been apparent for years, but has become more urgent as the Commonwealth struggles to respond to accelerating...

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Meet Blue Hills Champion: Pete Jackson

Interview by Julia Lynne Milot, Friends of the Blue Hills intern Pete Jackson is a Blue Hills Champion, someone who has signed up for monthly giving to the Friends of the Blue Hills.  Pete has been a Friends of the Blue Hills member and volunteer for over 35 years. He...

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Meet Blue Hills Hiker: Michelle DeVivo

Meet Blue Hills Hiker: Michelle DeVivo

Interview with Blue Hills’ hiker, Michelle DeVivo By Julia Lynne Milot, Friends of the Blue Hills Intern Michelle Devivo is new to the Boston area, and has always had a passion for hiking and the outdoors. She hopes to hike all 125-miles of trail in the Blue Hills...

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Where is our state rock?

Where is our state rock?

One of the questions on a recent Jeopardy TV show was of local interest and even made news on a local TV station.  The category was "The 50 States" and the question was: "Rhodonite is its state gem and Roxbury puddingstone its state rock."  The answer (in the form of...

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Hike with Friends!

Hike with Friends!

Friends of the Blue Hills volunteers lead regular hikes, including Beginner hikes and Boots n' Brews, mindfulness, and nature hikes.  If you'd like to learn when hikes are scheduled, sign up below to receive emails for upcoming hikes, as well as news about the Blue...

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Video: The Essential Role of Moths in the Blue Hills

Video: The Essential Role of Moths in the Blue Hills

As a part of her PhD work at UMass Boston, Teá Kesting-Handly has undertaken a 5-year study of hawk moths in 14 Massachusetts state parks, forests, and conservation lands including the Blue Hills. She is documenting how their populations and distribution are different...

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