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See Your Impact: 2021 Annual Report

See Your Impact: 2021 Annual Report

A huge thank you to all our members, supports, volunteers and leaders for helping to care for the Blue Hills. Please click below to see the 2021 Annual Report today to learn how you have made a positive impact on the park we all love.  

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Donate to the Blue Hills (The Park Will Thank You!)

Donate to the Blue Hills (The Park Will Thank You!)

Your commitment to the Blue Hills can protect the forest and all the woodsy creatures too! Spring is the season of renewal... and it’s a good time to remember that we rely on individual supporters like you to be able to “renew the park” – to keep it healthy and ensure...

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Fires in the Blue Hills this Spring

Fires in the Blue Hills this Spring

A number of wildfires have burned in the Blue Hills recently, disrupting some visitors' plans and requiring state and local fire resources.  The fires, however, may have delivered some benefits to the Blue Hills fire-dependent ecosystems. In the last month, three...

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Sign Up to Hike with Friends!

Sign Up to Hike with Friends!

Meet friends and hike in the Blue Hills!  No matter the hike you choose, you'll meet people like you who love the Blue Hills and want to explore it!  If you'd like to challenge yourself to explore ALL trails in the park, sign up for the 125-Mile Club!   If there isn't...

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Planning your IRA withdrawals?

Planning your IRA withdrawals?

Planning your IRA withdrawals? Consider donating to the Friends of the Blue Hills through a Qualified Charitable Distribution! Donations from people like you are vital to caring for the Blue Hills. Thanks to recent tax changes, donating to the Friends of the Blue...

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Celebrate Earth Day with a Free Tree!

Celebrate Earth Day with a Free Tree!

The Blue Hills Climate Action Coalition is giving away trees again this year to celebrate Earth Day!  Fellow members of the Coalition are distributing trees at their events throughout the Blue Hills region.  See event details and event sign ups below. Thanks to REI...

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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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Action Alert: Invest in Our Parks

Action Alert: Invest in Our Parks

Please urge your state representative to increase investment in our state parks through the FY23 state budget. The need for investment in our parks system has been apparent for years, but has become more urgent as the Commonwealth struggles to respond to accelerating...

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Meet Blue Hills Champion: Pete Jackson

Interview by Julia Lynne Milot, Friends of the Blue Hills intern Pete Jackson is a Blue Hills Champion, someone who has signed up for monthly giving to the Friends of the Blue Hills.  Pete has been a Friends of the Blue Hills member and volunteer for over 35 years. He...

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Meet Blue Hills Hiker: Michelle DeVivo

Meet Blue Hills Hiker: Michelle DeVivo

Interview with Blue Hills’ hiker, Michelle DeVivo By Julia Lynne Milot, Friends of the Blue Hills Intern Michelle Devivo is new to the Boston area, and has always had a passion for hiking and the outdoors. She hopes to hike all 125-miles of trail in the Blue Hills...

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Where is our state rock?

Where is our state rock?

One of the questions on a recent Jeopardy TV show was of local interest and even made news on a local TV station.  The category was "The 50 States" and the question was: "Rhodonite is its state gem and Roxbury puddingstone its state rock."  The answer (in the form of...

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Hike with Friends!

Hike with Friends!

Friends of the Blue Hills volunteers lead regular hikes, including Beginner hikes and Boots n' Brews, mindfulness, and nature hikes.  If you'd like to learn when hikes are scheduled, sign up below to receive emails for upcoming hikes, as well as news about the Blue...

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Video: The Essential Role of Moths in the Blue Hills

Video: The Essential Role of Moths in the Blue Hills

As a part of her PhD work at UMass Boston, Teá Kesting-Handly has undertaken a 5-year study of hawk moths in 14 Massachusetts state parks, forests, and conservation lands including the Blue Hills. She is documenting how their populations and distribution are different...

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Action Alert: Invasive Species Bill

Action Alert: Invasive Species Bill

Today you have a chance to better protect native habitats in the Blue Hills -- and throughout the state. There is currently a bill that is before the the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Environment that would could help better control invasives...

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Three Tips for Winter Hiking

Three Tips for Winter Hiking

By Rick Cushing Rick Cushing is one of the early finishers of the 125-Mile Club, the challenge to explore all 125 miles in the Blue Hills. Rick has hiked in all sorts of weather and has a few suggestions for you if you're thinking of hiking this winter. A few things...

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Poo-lution Solution Virtual Training

Want to learn about how to help track bio-pollution (dog waste) in the park and be part of an effort to keep our park clean?  Watch the training video and then find all the link you need on our Poo-lution Solution page!  

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The Scoop on Poop

The Scoop on Poop

The Scoop on Poop Many thanks to Earthwise Aware for permission to reprint this article. It’s just one dog! Is dog poop really that bad? How about not using a bag and leaving the dog poop to decompose? We hear these sorts of comments all the time. The answer? What...

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In Person Training: Poo-lution Solution

In Person Training: Poo-lution Solution

Poo-lution Solution - In Person Training January 20th at 10:30 am Houghton's Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside Street, Milton Register below. Most people leash their dog and take out their waste, but when dog waste is left on the trail, it becomes an environmental...

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How Can Research Protect Spotted Turtles in Fowl Meadow?

How Can Research Protect Spotted Turtles in Fowl Meadow?

Thursday, January 27, 5:30 pm Online Lecture with Zoo New England Fowl Meadow in the Blue Hills is home to wildlife not often found in Massachusetts, including Spotted Turtles.  Once state-listed as a Species of Special Concern, Spotted Turtles still need healthy...

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