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Public Land Preservation Act — Passed!

Public Land Preservation Act — Passed!

Congratulations to the Friends of the Blue Hills' members and all our partners!  After more than two decades, we succeeded in passing the Public Lands Preservation Act! A huge thank you to Rep. Ruth Balser and Senator James B. Eldridge for sponsoring this bill through...

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#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday When you donate TODAY for #GivingTuesday, your gift will be matched, your impact will be doubled and... 100 percent of your gift will go directly to caring for the Blue Hills that you love!  Please give today to help make sure the trails will be...

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Public Transportation Study Complete

Public Transportation Study Complete

One hundred years ago the Blue Hills Reservation was created as a haven for city dwellers wanting to escape from the stress of urban life.  At that time people could conveniently hop on trolleys that originated in Mattapan and other Boston neighborhoods to travel to...

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Survey and Save the Forest – Great Blue!

Survey and Save the Forest – Great Blue!

You can help protect the forest that you love on top of Great Blue Hill… just by walking the trails and taking photos of the plants! When you sign up to participate in Survey and Save the Forest, you will survey the most destructive invasive plants on Great Blue as...

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Who Won the Photo Contest?

Congratulations to this year's Friends of the Blue Hills Photo Contest! You can enjoy the winning photos below.  (Although we could only award four prizes, we think everyone who entered the contest -- and viewed all the photos -- are winners!) Many thanks to everyone...

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Be Kind – to Each Other and the Park

Be Kind – to Each Other and the Park

Most people have noticed at least a few poop bags littering the Blue Hills’ trails. But most people do not know that dog waste – in and out of a bag – is more than just a smelly annoyance.  Dog waste in the park is an environmental pollutant that contaminates our...

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Lost and Found in the Blue Hills

Lost and Found in the Blue Hills

Did you lose something in the Blue Hills?  Did you find something?  Leave a comment with the item(s) and we'll try and get the word out for you! You can also try checking a Facebook page which posts lost and found items.     Photo credit: Jim Ciardelli...

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Three Eagles Seen Soaring

Three Eagles Seen Soaring

By Lawrence Meyer September 2022 The last two summers the nesting pair of eagles that have been there since 2015 were not often seen in their familiar perches in the Hutchison Field trees along the river. Did this mean the nest was abandoned? Apparently not. A good...

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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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Stroller-friendly Hikes

Stroller-friendly Hikes

The Best Stroller-friendly hikes in the Blue Hills Hiking is a great way to give your kids the benefit of exercise and the outdoors.  But when you have kids of different ages or you’re worried you’ll have to carry them home (or deal with tantrums), you might find it...

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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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