DCR Blue Hills Reservation & South Coast
Hikes & Happenings - Fall 2018


September 8- November 28     11:00am-3:00pm
DCR: 125 Years Preserving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Art Exhibit featuring Massachusetts State Parks

Located at Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton
Museum Admission Fee applies:     $5 Adults and $3 Children     Free for MA Audubon Members
The Department of Conservation and Recreation is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. The core mission of the DCR is to protect, promote, and enhance the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the well-being of all. In celebration of this special 125th anniversary of the DCR, Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum is hosting an art exhibit featuring works from local artists which depict the natural, historical and recreational resources of the DCR’s Blue Hills Reservation.

It’s Fall Family Storywalk September-November
DCR Blue Hills Reservation at Houghton’s Pond Playground
Enjoy a colorful seasonal autumn tale written by Linda Glasser. Read along as you stroll through the pages of the book posted on the wooden fence at the playground. Add a unique literacy experience to your outdoor fun. Best for families with kids 3-8 years old. Enjoy a self-guided visit through November at 840 Hillside Street in Milton. Co-sponsored by DCR and Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

Saturday, September 1 and September 15     11:00am-3:00pm
Open House at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead
The Dorothy Quincy Homestead is located at 34 Butler Road in Quincy. Visit www.nscdama.org.
A National Historic Landmark, the Quincy Homestead is significant for its role in early American history, for its architecture, and for its Quincy family association. In addition to the architecture and furnishings, docents share stories of the Quincy family during the colonial era. The tours are free.

Every other Tuesday from September 4 through November 13     11:00am-noon
Friends of the Blue Hills Peek-a-Blue Hikes for Parents and Tots
Meet at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton.
Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our bi-weekly Tuesday Peek a Blue Hikes series from 11:00am–12:00pm (For a full list of dates, see link below.) Healthy snacks, juice and water will be provided thanks to the grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club and everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Houghton’s Pond after the hike concludes. Mothers’ groups and play groups are most welcome to join us! Enjoy a hike every other Tuesday, through November 13th weather permitting. For more information and 2018 dates, call 781-828-1805 or visit http://friendsofthebluehills.org/peekablue/.

Sunday, September 9     12 noon – 5 pm
5th Annual Urban Arts Festival at DCR Martini Shell Memorial Park
Meet at DCR Martini Shell Park located at 1015 Truman Parkway in Hyde Park. Parking is limited.
Join the Hyde Park Art Association and Save Our Streets for this free, fun family art extravaganza. Activities include Artists Steamroller Mega-printing and a Battle of the Arts too! Visual and performance artists will add to the attractions with music, singers, dancers and spoken word. Free interactive fun including face painting, art creations, graffiti murals, totem pole masks and more. Also food and craft vendors and free giveaways too! For more information, contact info@sos617.org or call 857-919-9467.

Saturday, September 22     8:00am-noon
Neponset River Fall Cleanup
Volunteer registration required at www.neponset.org/volunteer. Must be 15 and up. Meet at DCR Martini Shell Park located at 1015 Truman Parkway in Hyde Park.
Neponset River Watershed Association and DCR and lend a hand to clean up the Neponset River - in the water and along the banks. Work clothes required and close-toed boots. (no sandals) Get ready to get very dirty! Bring your own water, hat, sunblock and work gloves. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Andres Ripley at 781-575-0354 x 306 or email ripley@neponset.org.

Take a hike! Head to the Hills for Fall Foliage
Enjoy dazzling fall foliage close to home. It’s a great time to take a hike in the DCR Blue Hills Reservation. Purchase a DCR Blue Hills trail map at the park headquarters at 695 Hillside Street or Blue Hills Trailside Museum at 1904 Canton Avenue in Milton and hit the trail!
Check out the DCR web site www.mass.gov/dcr. Visit the Blue Hills Reservation page for a downloadable trail map and guide or check out Ranger Tom’s Suggested Hikes brochure for some tips on the best hiking in the Blue Hills!
Don’t miss our new DCR Blue Hills Selfie Station atop Great Blue Hill! Just follow the red dot trail from Trailside Museum to the summit.
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Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14     10:00am-4:00pm
Blue Hills Trailside Museum Owl Festival
Admission charged for this fundraiser: $6/per person for Mass. Audubon members     $8/per person non-members.
Give a hoot for owls at Trailside Museum's Owl Festival! Meet live owls up close and discover how these mysterious animals survive. Celebrate all things owl in myths, legends, and art. Find out about conservation challenges owls face and what you can do to help. There will be kid's crafts, food trucks, and fun for all ages. All Owl Festival proceeds help the Blue Hills Trailside Museum continue to provide quality educational programming as well as caring for the museum's non-releasable wild animals and hosting thousands of visitors to the Blue Hills Reservation. For more info, call 617-333-0690 or email bluehills@massaudubon.org.

Saturday, November 17     10:00am-11:30am
Quincy Quarries: Taken for Granite
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us for meeting place and directions.
Join a DCR ranger and Les Tyrala, a registered geologist as we explore the geology and quarry history to understand why the granite of Quincy was so valuable. Additionally we’ll admire some glacial features at the edges of the quarry. Sturdy footwear is required and the ability to climb rugged, narrow trails.1.5 hours

Things to know before you go

All programs are FREE except the 125th Art Gallery Exhibit and Owl Festival at Blue Hills Trailside Museum.

Visit www.mass.gov/dcr for more DCR summer news & free programs across the state.

DCR Blue Hills Headquarters     695 Hillside St. Milton, MA 02186     617-698-1802