The Norman Smith Environmental Education Center

Norman Smith Environmental Education Center

Located at the top of scenic Chickatawbut Hill in the Blue Hills Reservation, this natural and off-grid setting offers breathtaking views of Boston and the surrounding area. Pending availability, groups can request to add staff led programs to the itinerary that may include a campfire, live animal presentations, guided nature walks, scout badges, or other natural history programs.

Types of Functions

Meetings, workshops, conference or community gatherings, retreats

Maximum Capacity

100 people; dormitory sleeps up to 50 people


September 1–May 31


Chickatawbut Hill Day Rentals:

  • 1–4 hours $400, includes dining hall, kitchen use, and outdoor space
  • Each additional hour: $100

Chickatawbut Hill Overnight Rentals:

  • Overnight $800 for up to 25 people, includes kitchen use, dining hall, outdoors and dormitory
  • $20 for each additional person, maximum of 50 people

Food Storage/Prep

Commercial-sized kitchen; some tableware for guest use

A/V Equipment

Please inquire


We provide rooms with bunk style beds. Cell phone and internet access is very limited. Please bring your own bed linens, blankets, pillows, towels, and toiletries.

Please Note

Registration in advance is required. No smoking, vaping, alcohol, candles, balloons, or pets. The Education Center is a carry-in/carry-out facility—renters are responsible for removing all trash and recyclables from the site. This site is closed to the public. 

To inquire about availability please email [email protected].