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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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A Walk with Mr. Olmsted
Sat, Oct 22 | 11 am – 12:30 pm
Join Mr. Olmsted and docents on a tour of the restored Muddy River in the Fens.Starts at Shattuck Visitor Center.
Co-presented by Olmsted 2022. Details

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Explorers Club “Afternoon of Exploration”
Sat, Oct 22 | 12:30 -3 pm
At the Franklin Park Zoo.

Just in time for Halloween!
Weird and Worrisome Histories of the Fens Tour
Tues, Oct 25 | 7 pm
Starts at the Shattuck Visitor Center.Co-presented by Massachusetts Historical Society

Ropes & Gray Plaque Dedication held
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Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek led a ceremony with DCR Commissioner Leo Roy to honor Ropes & Gray for their gift of 150 trees. Read the press release.

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Art Exhibit at the Shattuck Visitor Center
“Natural and Manmade Landscapes:Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace.” Watercolor paintings by Thomas Loring.  Details
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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.


An Emerald Evening

Join us in honoring Ben Taylor with the Olmsted Award of Excellence on November 10, 2016 at 6 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Muddy River Restoration

Phase 1 of the Muddy River Restoration Project is nearing completion with the daylighting of the river in front of the Landmark Center.
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Olmsted Tree Society

Pruning and Planting Fifteen Littleleaf Linden trees (Tilia cordata) were planted along Park Drive in the Back Bay Fens in June and safety pruning continues along the Emerald Necklace parkways.The Olmsted Tree Society (OTS) was established to make the preservation of the trees in the Emerald Necklace parks one of the Conservancy’s highest priorities.
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Guided Tours

Join us for a guided walk through the historic Fens landscape — Led by Conservancy docents, tours are offered monthly and include weekend walks as well as special Tuesday evening garden strolls.

Community Preservation Act

YES for a Better Boston! We are part of a broad coalition of community organizations backing the Community Preservation Act (CPA), which would create a dedicated funding stream for Boston parks, affordable housing and historic preservation. CPA will be on the ballot in Boston this November. Please say YES to a Better Boston!
Kelleher Rose Garden

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.

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.