The Norman Smith Environmental Education Center

Norman Smith Environmental Education Center

Current Availability 

This site is closed to the public.

Please check back in spring 2022 for updates.

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. Groups are welcome 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.


September 1–May 31; limited availability June–August

Types of Functions

Family reunions, picnics, club meetings, graduation parties, workshops, retreats, overnight adventures, community events

Maximum Capacity

100 people; dormitory sleeps up to 50 people


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


Chickatawbut Hill Day Rentals:

  • 1–4 hours $400, includes dining hall, kitchen use, and outdoor space
  • Each additional hour: $100
  • Live Animal Presentation $175/hr in addition to rental fee

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
  • Live Animal Presentation $175/hr in addition to rental fee

Food Storage/Prep

Commercial-sized kitchen; some tableware for guest use

A/V Equipment

Please inquire

Additional Amenities

Access to trail system, table and chair setup, campfire area, lookout tower

Please Note

  • Registration in advance is required.
  • No smoking inside the building.
  • No pets, alcohol, candles, or balloons.
  • This site is closed to the public. To schedule an advanced viewing, please call 617-333-0690 x5226.