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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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7 Quick Tips for Hiking in the Summer Heat

This summer heat can be quite oppressive, but you shouldn’t let it keep you from getting outside and hiking! Hot temperatures can be a danger, but only if you are unprepared. Read about some tips and accessories that can help make your summer hiking a safe and fun...

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A Runner’s Playground

We all love a good day on the trails hiking, but have you ever thought about picking up the pace and going for a run on the trails? On Blue Hills A-Live, trail runner Tess Harvey tells us why the Blue Hills are great for trail running, the benefits of taking your run...

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The changing ecology at Quincy Quarries

Rick Kesseli is back to talk about how human development can change the flora and fauna in an area. At Quincy Quarries, mankind has been changing the land for the past 200 years. Learn about the types of native and non-native species that reside there now and...

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Hidden History at Lyon’s Turning Mill

Did you know that the northeastern-most part of the Blue Hills helped fuel a booming business that provided granite to many historic monuments and buildings? Just next door to the Blue Hills lies the amazing remains of the Lyon's Turning Mill. Explore the historic...

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Rock climbing at Quincy Quarries

Check out this week's Blue Hills A-Live to learn about rock climbing in Quincy Quarries in the Blue Hills. Doug Martland from Eastern Mountain Sports tells us how to get started, identify good routes, and how to get climbing in Quincy Quarries!

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Discovering what lies on top of the Blue Hills

In this week, on Blue Hills A-Live, we learn from Rick Kesseli about the plant life that survives on top of these Blue Hills. Next time you climb Great Blue, Buck, or Chickatawbut hill, be sure to not only take in the vast views but to observe the life right at your...

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Blue Hills A-Live: Meadow Habitat

There are some habitats that are filled with interesting species that rely on humans to be maintained. Learn about the species of birds and plants that exist in the meadow at Brookwood farm, how it is being maintained, what threatens these species, and more on Blue...

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Blue Hills A-Live: Rick Kesseli and adaptations

How do plants survive the seasonal changes in New England? Learn about how various plant life in the Blue Hills, from ferns along the forest floor to towers oaks and maples have adapted to survive harsh winters and make the most of sun and water in the spring and...

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3 Ways To Protect Vernal Pool Species

You may have seen small pools of water that appear from spring to fall and tend to disappear in the winter. These are vernal pools and there are quite a few in the Blue Hills. Reservation. Vernal pools play an important role as a home and breeding ground for many...

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