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Are there Beavers in the Blue Hills?

Are there Beavers in the Blue Hills? By Lawrence Meyer To my knowledge, no beaver has been seen in the Great Blue Hills Reservation, Milton or near Boston in centuries. Still beaver are making a come-back on rivers around, the Charles, the Ipswich, Sudbury-Assabet and...

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New England Hiking Speaker

New England Hiking Speaker: Jeff Romano Wednesday, May 15, 7:00pm Milton Public Library, Keys Community Room  476 Canton Ave, Milton Join author Jeff Romano for a presentation showcasing day hiking opportunities throughout New England. Jeff will discuss the region’s...

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Forest Bathing in the Blue Hills

Forest Bathing Saturday, July 27 (register for time) Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside Street in Milton While your senses are always active when you hike in the Blue Hills, you may experience the Blue Hills a little differently with this program. As a...

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Special Meeting on By-laws

Special Meeting to Approve Change in Our By-Laws The Friends of the Blue Hills Board of Trustees has proposed a number of changes to the organization’s by-laws.   Click for our proposed by-laws.  Our current by-laws require that members vote to approve the changes. ...

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Blue Hills Proposal

Daylight savings March 13, 2016, he proposed while hiking the white dot trail. September 16, 2017 we were married. November 26, 2018 we welcomed our daughter Wren, named in honor of my husband’s love for nature and birds. #bluehillslovestory (Unfortunately, I can’t...

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A Life Changing Day

A beautiful fall day in October of 2001, I woke up to what would be a life changing day! My now husband had planned to propose in the Blue Hills, and he designed a day-long scavenger hunt throughout the Blue Hills, that involved poems he wrote as clues for each...

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Two love stories – a horse and a man with hearts of gold

My two love stories began in the Blue Hills.  Five years ago, I met Cody, a handsome chestnut with a heart of gold.  The two of us explored Blue Hills trails year-round most weeks until his work was done on January 30, 2019.  Cody literally and figuratively carried me...

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How to Prepare for the Winter Fest Night Hike

Join us at the 2019 Winter Fest Night Hike! Tuesday, February 26, from 5-8 p.m. at Blue Hills Ski Area: Night Hike begins at 7pm Update: Please call the ski area to confirm the Night Hike.  We may have to cancel, due to inclement weather.  Ski Area...

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We’re turning 40… and there will be lots of fun!

Friends of the Blue Hills is turning 40 years old... and you're invited to celebrate 40 years of protecting the Blue Hills with us all year long! We hope you'll celebrate with us at these upcoming activities and events... Download the 40 'must see' Blue Hills...

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Friends Find 40 Photo Scavenger Hunt

Celebrate 40 years of protecting the Blue Hills with a chance to win a $250 gift certificate and by exploring the Blue Hills! How well do you know the Blue Hills? Here’s your opportunity to really explore this fantastic natural treasure...

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The Blue Hills Holiday Shopping List

Holiday shopping can be hard, but this list makes it easy. Microspikes— ice is slippery and can be a nuisance, especially in the harsh New England winters (and late falls.. and early springs). Microspikes (or nanospikes) provide extra traction and can comfortably slip...

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Six Tips for Surviving & Thriving While Winter Hiking

Winter hiking can be intimidating. When temperatures get colder, days get shorter, and the snow falls, it can be hard to get motivated to get hiking and visit nature. One way to reduce this stress is to make sure that you are prepared and equipped for the elements....

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#OptOutside Hike for Black Friday

#OptOutside Hike for Black Friday Friday November 23, 11:00 am Meet at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum north parking lot The Friends of the Blue Hills has joined up with REI’s #OptOutside campaign on Black Friday Hike series to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors...

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Clues to the rock-solid businesses of history

On A-Live, join Director Judy Lehrer Jacobs and Al Bina on a small tour through time, uncovering the industrious history of the quarrying business in the Blue Hills. Learn about the transition that rock made from raw material into ready-to-build solid rock, to be...

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The Blue Hills as a Trail Runners’ Playground

When we are born, we first learn to sit up. Then eventually we move about on all fours, crawling from spot to spot. Next we practice standing and taking our first steps, learning to walk and falling occasionally, but always getting back up. Then we master walking,...

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Thank a tree today!

For many of us, seeing trees in our daily surroundings might be so common that we don’t stop to think about the important role that trees play in our lives. We might notice the natural beauty of a tree, particularly as autumn approaches, but we should also consider...

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Want to make (no) difference?

Want to make a big difference to our parks? Sometimes the best thing to do for our parks is to make no difference at all! When you “Leave No Trace,” you’ll help protect all of our conservation lands. Why should we ‘Leave No Trace”? Simply put, we are all responsible...

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Disappearing trees in the Blue Hills and around

Although it may seem like there are a lot of trees (especially in the Blue Hills!), we're actually losing trees... and as Laura Beebe describes, that is a problem that is rather difficult to solve. Learn about the important and surprising roles that trees play-- from...

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