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Free Tree Giveaway!

Free Tree Giveaway!

Help beautify your neighborhood.. and help combat climate change! Drop by during the week of Earth Day for a free tree! Following last year's popular giveaway, REI Co-op has partnered with the Friends of the Blue Hills, Wakefield Estate, and other Blue Hills Climate...

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Virtual Workshop: Plant a Tree on Earth Day

Virtual Workshop: Plant a Tree on Earth Day

April 22, 4:00 pm online Join REI, the Friends of the Blue Hills, Wakefield Estate and the Blue Hills Climate Action Coalition for a virtual workshop on Earth Day. You will learn how to plant a tree that’s native to your area and discuss the benefits it has on the...

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Ponkapoag Pond

Ponkapoag Pond

The Ponkapoag Trail is a scenic route with beautiful views of the pond.  A great trail if you’re looking for a long, peaceful, and scenic walk.  Be aware of your surroundings as hikers, bicyclers, and horses frequent the trail. The trail that loops around the entirety...

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Managing Climate Impacts on Diverse Plant Collections

The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is a 25-acre property that lies within the much larger Blue Hills and Neponset River ecosystem. The arboretum’s plant collection includes a very broad range of both native and non-native species. This allows a unique opportunity...

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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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125-Mile Club

facebooktwitterinstagramDo you love the Blue Hills and enjoy exploring the vast number of natural and historical treasures throughout the park? Do you want to put your boots down on every trail in the Blue Hills?  Do you want to belong to a community who also shares...

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Birds and Climate Change

Birds and Climate Change

Although the rise of sea levels due to climate change have fairly direct impacts on coastal bird populations, changes in temperature and precipitation patterns also raise less obvious challenges for breeding birds in the Blue Hills and Massachusetts as a whole. This...

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Community Organizer

Community Organizer

Friends of the Blue Hills Community Organizer (Part-time) Would you like to build an active constituency that will advocate for the Blue Hills? Do you want to grow volunteer programs that engage hundreds of people in preserving and protecting one of the largest parks...

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Blue Hills Member Challenge Fund

Blue Hills Member Challenge Fund

Today, your gift will care for the Blue Hills.. and inspire others to give. Donate now, and your gift, along with each dollar raised in response to this letter, will be pooled to form the Blue Hills Member Challenge Fund.  During the spring campaign, we’ll ask others...

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Blue Hills Photo Contest

Blue Hills Photo Contest

During the pandemic, more people than ever have visited… and fallen in love with the Blue Hills. Enter this year’s photo contest to show why we all love the Blue Hills! Submit a photo to the FREE Blue Hills Photo Contest! Even if you don't want to submit a photo, you...

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David Hodgdon, Founder, President, and Executive Director

David Hodgdon, Founder, President, and Executive Director

Although you may not know it, your experience of the Blue Hills has been influenced by David Hodgdon, the Friends’ first president who passed away this February at the age of 78. Those numbers on the intersections of trails that help you find your way…  Dave designed...

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David Morse, former President and Secretary

David Morse, former President and Secretary

For his entire life, David Morse loved hiking the Blue Hills and being in the outdoors.  He grew up in the heart of the Blue Hills on Hillside Street in Milton and hiked the park throughout his childhood.  As an adult, he lived in the same house where he grew up,...

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Blue Hills Noise Pollution Increases During Pandemic

Blue Hills Noise Pollution Increases During Pandemic

COVID-19 makes two Boston urban parks quieter, but another is noisier When the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown reduced human activity across the United States last spring, Boston University researchers expected a similar decrease in noise pollution in Boston’s parks. While...

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Act NOW to protect the Blue Hills!

  Write a letter or call your legislators to let them know you expect them to support legislation that will protect public lands.   Act today to Protect the Blue HillsAs you may know, our public land, including the Blue Hills, is vulnerable to ‘land...

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Remembering Stuart Dearborn Babb

Remembering Stuart Dearborn Babb

Stuart Dearborn Babb, 55, of Milton, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2021. Stuart was an exceptionally kind man with a big heart and a deep love for bad dad jokes and playing pranks on his daughters. He loved all animals (except cats) but his heart belonged to...

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

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

My two love stories began in the Blue Hills.  seven 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...

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Climate Change in the Blue Hills

Climate Change in the Blue Hills

Sponsored by the Blue Hills Climate Action Coalition How will climate change alter the Blue Hills over your lifetime… and beyond?  How has the park – and the climate - already changed and what can we do to address it? Join us for a bi-weekly speaker series with local...

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Where to Cross Country Ski in the Blue Hills

Where to Cross Country Ski in the Blue Hills

Find Your Way on Cross Country Skis in the Blue Hills By Sue Christensen of Jamaica Plain Friends of the Blue Hills According to FBH members Allen Lapey of Milton and Barbara Meyer’s of Medfield, the Blue Hills offers cross country skiing experiences for everyone,...

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Birds of Winter

Thanks for joining us! Many thanks to all our friends who joined us for our Birds of Winter presentation on January 20th!  Just in case you wanted to see our beautiful winged friends again... we are sharing the presentation below! Please enjoy and keep learning about...

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Climate Legislation: What’s New and What You Can Do

In the last of the winter lecture series 'Your Climate Crisis,' sponsored by the Blue Hills Climate Action Coalition, Jacob Stern discusses what policies are on the table for the next two years, how the legislative process works, and what residents can do to advocate...

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