The Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the gateway for the 7,000 acre Blue Hills Reservation. Originally opened in 1959, the museum is managed for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation by Mass Audubon. Through Trailside, Mass Audubon welcomes over 200,000 visitors to the Blue Hills Reservation; provides environmental education programming to over 6,000 school children annually and provides ammenities to park visitors (restrooms, maps, food and beverages).
The museum is comprised of exterior and interior exhibits that feature local wildlife and native plants along with information on the cultural and natural history of the region. In addition to school programs, the museum offers family programming on weekends and special event days such as Maple Sugar Days in March and Fall Festival in October. Summer is the season for the Blue Hills Summer Camp, a day program that takes place at the Norman Smith Environmental Education Center on top of Chickatawbut Hill.