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What will happen to Broderick Stable?

Broderick Stable was built in 1899 and was the first structure in the Blue Hills Reservation on this flank of Blue Hill.  After significant investment, it's future is uncertain.  Find out why - and as a bonus, meet Sargent Mike! https://youtu.be/SZgGmJFa1U8

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How Beacon Hill Helps or Hurts the Blue Hills

The survival of the Blue Hills -- and all our state parks -- depends on resources and support from our legislature. Watch Senator Walter Timilty to learn the latest news from Beacon Hill and how legislation will affect the Blue Hills. https://youtu.be/mGZTqK74el0

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Fruit Center Marketplace Helps Blue Hills on Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, the Fruit Center Marketplace will donate $2 for every customer who uses a reusable grocery bag in the store on Sunday, April 22.  All proceeds of the promotion will go to the Friends of the Blue Hills to help maintain 125 miles of trails...

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Help Protect Skyline Trail Hikers

Please sign our petition if you care about making the Blue Hills safe and the trails accessible for everyone who wants to hike the Skyline Trail. Anyone who has tried to follow the Skyline Trail across Routes 28 and 138 knows how dangerous it is to cross...

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Underwater Secrets: Vernal Pools

Have you ever wondered about these small bodies of water that only appear in the spring? Those are vernal pools and they are teeming with life! On this episode of Blue Hills A-Live, your weekly guide to the Blue Hills, Kyla Bennett reveals the importance of these...

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Four Threats to a Healthy Watershed & How To Help

The Blue Hills surrounds and protects sections of 2 watersheds around Canton and Milton: the Blue Hills River and the Neponset River. The watershed functions as land surrounding a water source, such as a river, that flows into a lake or other large body of water, such...

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Brookwood Farm Transcript

Blue Hills A-Live: Brookwood Farm A Facebook live interview with Sara Rostampour Judy Jacobs: The Blue Hills are for more than just hiking. Today we will visit Brookwood Farm where you will learn all about the history of farming in the Blue Hills. I’m Judy Lehrer...

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What Thoreau knew can help the Blue Hills

This week, Dr. Richard Primack, a biologist at Boston University, talks to us about how environmental scientists are tracking the phenology, or timing of ecological events, in New England. Listen to this week's episode to learn about how the landscape, flora, and...

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Why You Shouldn’t Curse The Snow

Living in New England means that big snowstorms can sometimes start in fall and stretch well into spring. While this may mean more shoveling, more snow days, and turning up the heat just a tad, it also means that we can expect a healthy watershed and a lesser chance...

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Indian Line Farm: Saved… again!

Indian Line Farm Protected! Because Indian Line Farm is not easily accessible and has no close parking, the site is often seen as perfect for development.  For example, in 2008 there was a proposal to build an office complex on this part of the park.  This year, the...

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How Can Nature Help Your Kids?

When you take your kids to the Blue Hills, you are giving them more than just some fresh air and a beautiful view! According to Blue Hills A-Live guest, Kelly Majmudar, bringing young children into nature offers many benefits beyond the sights and sounds. Kelly writes...

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What’s so special about Ponkaopag bog?

If you've ever been to the Ponkapoag boardwalk, you know that it's different from every other place in the Blue Hills... and pretty unique in eastern Massachusetts too!  You'll learn about one of the key reasons why Ponkapoag is so special in this week's Blue Hills...

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Tips for Bringing Young Children on a Hike

Will you be taking your kids into the Blue Hills? Perhaps you and your family will join us at our free event---Winter Fest, Tuesday February 27th at the Blue Hills Ski Area from 5pm-8pm. There will be live music, a chili cook off, crafts and activities for the kids,...

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Orieoles Nests at Turner’s Pond (near the Blue Hills)

By. Larry Meyer Baltimore Orioles come to New England like a circus comes to a town. They are brightly costumed, loud, well-traveled, energetic, entertaining, conspicuous, and here only to put on a show. Not being a resident, like a circus, they quit New England when...

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Invasion of the Gypsy Moths!

The winter is a great time to take steps to control caterpillars that cover your lawn and eat the trees in your yard - and in the Blue Hills.  See the video - and come to the event this Saturday at the Wakefield Estate to help control caterpillars in the Blue Hills!...

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Get Your Kids Outside!

Your kids will get more than just fresh air when they visit the Blue Hills!  On this week's Blue Hills A-Live, learn about the benefits of taking your kids to the Blue Hills (and to any natural area)! https://youtu.be/QBWuzKdmxQ8  

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Join us for the Winter Fest!

Beat the Winter Blues at Winter Fest! Tuesday, February 27 From 5-8 p.m. at Blue Hills Ski Area 4001 Washington St, Canton Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun at Winter Fest! Come for a night hike (which starts...

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