A sense of belonging in your community is important for everyone, and when you can combine community involvement and sense of place with time in nature and protecting wild spaces, it is a perfect combination. 

The Friends of The Blue Hills (FBH) is an organization that helps to maintain and protect The Blue Hills Reservation that is a 7k acres park with more than 125 miles of trails and is bordered by Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Randolph, and Dedham, It is also only about a 15 minute drive from Boston, making it a key natural area for a huge population of people that live in Massachusetts. 

Outdoor spaces help people have a place to exercise, recreate and improve mental health, as well as providing important ecosystem services - meaning the things that nature does for people, such as helping reduce flooding and erosion, mitigate climate change, reduce heat islands produced by cities, and more.

As well, The Blue Hills are invaluable habitat for various animals, including 15 endangered or threatened bird species that count on this refuge for their survival. 

The Blue Hills Reservation is not only a huge green space, but it offers so much to the community. The park provides spaces and infrastructure for everything from downhill and cross country skiing, to hiking, walking, swimming, kayaking and almost any outdoor activity that you could imagine.

There is also an observatory and weather station there that provide important scientific data and the FBH have a bunch of interesting citizen science projects on the go. 

This organization has plenty of volunteer opportunities in The Blue Hills and so many ways to get involved and get to know your community. You can check out their website or social media to keep up to date on their latest projects, events, speaker series and more. 

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