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Friends of the Blue Hills Kickoff 35th Year with Strive for 35 Challenge

Stephanie Thurrott and her daughter Kelly were the first Dedham residents to register for the Strive for 35 Challenge sponsored by the Friends of the Blue Hills.  Shown here at the frozen Ponkoapoag Pond in the Blue Hills, the Thurrotts will visit 35
Stephanie Thurrott and her daughter Kelly were the first Dedham residents to register for the Strive for 35 Challenge sponsored by the Friends of the Blue Hills. Shown here at the frozen Ponkoapoag Pond in the Blue Hills, the Thurrotts will visit 35

The Friends of the Blue Hills was founded in 1979 with a mission to preserve and protect the Blue Hills Reservation.  Thirty-five years later, the organization is still working to ensure current and future generations can enjoy all the Blue Hills has to offer.

To celebrate their 35th year, the Friends of the Blue Hills will be sponsoring a challenge called “Strive for 35.”  Participants will explore the Reservation by seeing and doing 35 specific things in the Blue Hills during 2014 and photographing themselves at each one.  Participants will post the photos on the FBH Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #BlueHills35.  Both individuals and teams are encouraged to visit www.FriendsoftheBlueHills.org/challenge to learn more about the challenge and to register.

The Blue Hills Reservation has 22 hilltops and spans more than 7,000 acres in six towns: Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Milton, Quincy, and Randolph.   It is located just 20 minutes from Boston and is free and open to the public.  Thanks to the generosity and efforts of members and volunteers, the Friends of the Blue Hills maintains over 100 miles of trails for tens of thousands of visitors each year, protects the forests by removing invasive weeds, works with legislators and local officials to prevent unwise development in the Blue Hills, and sponsors free opportunities to explore the Blue Hills in all four seasons. More information about the organization can be found on the website www.FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.


 


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