Trail Maintenance

In the Fall of 2006, the Friends of the Blue Hills initiated the Trails Maintenance Program to address the work needed on the 125+ miles of trails in the Blue Hills Reservation.

Because of the pandemic, our trail maintenance program in 2020 has changed, but as of August 2020, we are now able to bring volunteers back into the park.  We hope you’ll join us!

For those who want to work under the supervision of a trail leader, we will offer opportunities to volunteer in small groups on different days of the month.  For those who would prefer to work on a specific section of trail on their own schedule, we offer the Adopt-A-Trail program.

How do I get involved?

As of August 2020, we excited to invite you to participate in trail events!  Because of health concerns, there are some restrictions.

To participate at a trail event, please:

  • Read and sign the electronic waiver (you just need to sign once for 2020)
  • Sign up for a trail event in advance.  You can sign up for the August events here.
  • Wear a mask
  • Wear gloves (please bring gloves if you have them)
  • Do not share tools with others
  • Keep a physical distance of 6 feet from others (who do not live with you)

Click here to sign up for August trail events. .

2020 Trail Work Events 

Beginning in August 2020, you are invited to participate in smaller, more frequent trail maintenance events.  These events will include regular trail maintenance activities (maintain drainage structures such as culverts, ditches, and water bars, clear the trails of overgrowth and downed branches.)  Some days we will also remove invasive species or pick up trash.  For each date, we will give you a description of the activities we’ll be working on for that date.   

As a volunteer, you will receive training so that we can all working safely.

Due to the restrictions as a result of COVID-19, we will post upcoming events every couple weeks.  Please sign up below to receive updates on new events.  For August events, sign up here.

For all of our events, please:
  • Read and sign the electronic waiver (you just need to sign once for 2020)
  • Wear a mask
  • Wear gloves (please bring gloves if you have them)
  • Do not share tools with others
  • Keep a physical distance of 6 feet from others (who do not live with you)

Current event dates include: 

  • Friday, August 14, 10 am: Trimming brush
  • Saturday, August 15, 9 am: Trimming brush, removing invasive plants, and other trail maintenance activities
  • Thursday, August 20, 9:00 am: Raking, invasive control or trash pick-up
  • Wednesday, August 26, 12:30 pm: Raking, invasive control or trash pick-up
Sign up for August trail events.