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Welcome to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace

Boston and Brookline’s historic and vibrant park system

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Kelleher Rose Garden

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Emerald Necklace Conservancy

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Job opening for Marketing and Communications Coordinator
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The Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for the Justine Mee Liff Park
was held on April 21. See the event photos.

New! Guided Tour of the Restored Muddy River
Sun, May 21 | 1 pm -2:30 pm
Led by an Emerald Necklace docent, this guided walk takes you along the new Justine Mee Liff Park and restored river. Details/Schedule

Emerald Necklace Walk!
From the Fens to Franklin Park
Sat, June 3, 2017
8 am – 3 pm
Join Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek and special guests on a walk through the entire Olmsted masterpiece. Learn more/register

Summer on the Emerald Necklace
Take a sneak peek at who’s performing!

Job opening for Director of Development
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Annual Meeting 2017  View photo gallery

Accepting applications now for Summer Employment
Green Team Application


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Birding in the Emerald Necklace
Takes place in all the parks. Birding Kits are available at the Shattuck Visitor Center with binoculars, birding book in a knapsack. For more information about the birding kits call 617-522-2700. The Emerald Necklace Bird Club has organized birding activities.

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Party in the Park 2017 | May 17 | Jamaica Pond

Join us for the 14th Anniversary Justine Mee Liff Luncheon at Pinebank Promontory overlooking Jamaica Pond to support the restoration and improvement of Olmsted’s historic 1,100 acre Emerald Necklace park system.

Celebrate the restored Muddy River!

Thank you for celebrating with us the completion of Phase 1 of the Muddy River Restoration Project on April 21 as the Army Corps of Engineers and public partners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Upper Fens Pond, Back Bay Fens near the intersection of Avenue Louis Pasteur and The Fenway.
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Kelleher Rose Garden

The Kelleher Rose Garden sits just behind a yew hedge in the Back Bay Fens and greets visitors with a dazzling display of more than 1,500 roses along its garden paths and trellises. Adding to the drama is a reconstructed 1930’s-era fountain encircled by statuary. Open from mid-April through October.
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Summer on the Emerald Necklace

Music, Movies & Knucklebones Family Fun!
What a line-up we have for you this summer! Bring family and friends and enjoy a series of free concerts and movies in the park. Come at 5 pm for an hour of Knucklebones fun and games before every concert. Concerts at 6 pm; Movies at 7:30 pm. And new this summer--yoga in the park.
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Guided Tours

New! We've added a new tour to celebrate the debut of the Justine Mee Liff Park and the completion of the first phase of the Muddy River restoration project. Join us for a guided walk along the restored Muddy River, an Evening Garden Stroll, bike tour or a walk through the historic landscape of Olmsted's Back Bay Fens. Led by Conservancy docents, tours are free and the public is welcome.
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Fens: A New Gardner Museum Installation in the Back Bay Fens

Artists Teri Rueb and Ernst Karel have created a new way to experience our parks. Fens is a free app that generates an auditory environment in response to a participant’s location as they explore the Back Bay Fens.

Supporting our Youth Programs!

starhYouth Education is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

bcf_logoYouth Education is partially supported by a grant from the Brookline Youth Fund at the Brookline Community Foundation.