DCR Blue Hills Reservation
Winter Hikes & Happenings


Sunday, January 1

First Day Hikes

Trailside Museum Wildlife from noon to 1 pm

Hot cocoa & snacks for sale by Venture Scouting

Three DCR Ranger-led Hikes of 1-2.5 miles begin at 1 pm

Meet at the Houghton's Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton.

This event is very popular and parking is limited. Arrive early. Join the tradition and celebrate New Year’s Day in the Blue Hills. From noon to 1 pm, visit with Trailside Museum live wildlife, purchase a cup of hot cocoa or a snack (no soup) from the Venture Scouts, share some holiday cheer by the warming fire, and then stretch your legs on one of three easy to moderate guided hikes which all depart at 1 pm. For more info and weather cancellation updates, call 617-698-1802.


Saturday, January 21  11am–2pm
Severe weather date: January 28

Winter Wildlife Cruise
Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park

Grab your camera and join park rangers and local naturalists to observe animals who make their wintertime home in Boston Harbor and around the outer Harbor Islands. Guest naturalist include representatives from the National Park Service, New England Aquarium and Mass Audubon. Boarding begins at 10:30am at Long Wharf North, Boston.

A fee is charged. Reserve your seat at http://www.bostonharborislands.org/
Adults $20   Kids and seniors: $1   Children under 3: Free


Saturday, February 4   1pm

Winter Greens Walk

Meet at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton.

Venture with us on a leisurely walk through stands of pine and hemlock, as we look at the hardy trees, shrubs and groundcovers that stay green throughout the winter.   1.5 hours


Tuesday, February 14   4:30 pm

Blue Hills Sunset Stroll on Valentine’s Day

Meet at the Blue Hills Headquarters at 695 Hillside Street in Milton.

Share your love of the great outdoors on a scenic sunset walk in the Blue Hills. We’ll watch the sun set over Houghton’s Pond and admire the beauty of nature together.   1 hour


Saturday, February 18   11am

Cabin Fever Family Fun Hike

Meet at Houghton’s Pond parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton.

Are you tired of sitting on the couch? Grab the kids and get out! Join a DCR Park interpreter for some fun under the winter sun. We’ll take a 1.5 mile trek and play some games along the way. Dress in warm layers and boots. Don’t forget hats and mittens too. For ages 8 and up.   1.5 hours


It’s school vacation week!

Tuesday, February 21   1pm

Be a Wildlife Detective

Meet at Brookwood Farm at 11 Blue Hill River Road in Canton.

Put on your detective hat as we search for clues of animal activity Where do animals go in winter? Unlock the mysteries of wildlife in winter on this seasonal safari. For ages 6 and up. 1.5 hours


Wednesday, February 22   1pm

Winter Wonders Scavenger Hunt

Meet at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton.

What makes winter special? Grab your hat and mittens and head to Houghton’s Pond to find out. We’ll take a winter woodland walk looking for the special signs of the season along the way. For ages 6 and up.   1.5 hours


For additional DCR school vacation programs, visit: www.mass.gov/dcr

Things to know before you go

on the day of the program at 617- 698-1802, Extension 3.

All programs are free! (unless otherwise listed)

Blue Hills Reservation   695 Hillside St.   Milton, MA 02186   617-698-1802     www.mass.gov/dcr