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7 Quick Tips for Hiking in the Summer Heat

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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July is Membership Month!

July is Membership Month!

July is Membership Month!Exclusive Events for Friends of the Blue Hills' Members July is Membership Month… and we’re celebrating the 1,000 plus members of the Friends of the Blue Hills – and all they do for the Blue Hills – with special events and opportunities at the...

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Survey and Save the Forest!

Survey and Save the Forest!

By volunteering just a few hours, you will make a big difference to the Blue Hills!   What is 'Survey and Save the Forest'? Survey and Save the Forest is a project to survey the most destructive invasive plants at Ponkapoag Pond so we can develop a management...

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Keep our Trails Clean

Friends & REI Co-op partner to Keep Our Trails Clean This June, the Friends are partnering with REI Co-op to help keep the Blue Hills trails clean.  Over the past year, a record number of people have visited the Blue Hills Reservation. The park has been an amazing...

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Wetlands and Vernal Pools of the Blue Hills

Permanent and temporary freshwater wetlands are critically important communities in Southern New England. They are home to some of the most unusual and unique plant and animal species in our area. These wetlands also provide vital ecosystem services upon which we...

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Thanks to everyone who picked up trees... and planted them! We have given away all the trees and shrubs. Many thanks to REI Co-op for its support!    

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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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125-Mile Club

What is the125-Mile Club?It’s the ultimate Blue Hills challenge. Hike, bike, or run every trail — all 125 miles, at your own pace, on your own timeline — within the Blue Hills Reservation. Join a community of Blue Hills enthusiasts just like you! Share your tips, your...

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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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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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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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