• The Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Guided Walking & Bike Tours

Guided Walking Tours are offered on the First Sunday, Second Tuesday and Third Saturday of the month.

From May through October, the Conservancy offers a series of free, guided walking and bike tours led by Emerald Necklace Conservancy docents. Visitors can stroll among scented blooms, take a walk into history, discover the hidden gems of the Back Bay Fens landscape or ride along the bicycle paths to explore more of the Necklace.

Tours start from the Shattuck Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. Check the Conservancy’s website for weather-related cancellations or schedule changes.

May

Season Opener! A Walk through the History and Landscape of the Fens

Saturday, May 21, 2016 | 11 am –12:30 pm
Led by a Conservancy docent, this tour spans the centuries. What was Frederick Law Olmsted’s 19th century vision for the Fens? And how did his landscape change in the last century? Hear these stories and more on a walk into history.

June

Guided Walking Tours offered on the First Sunday, Second Tuesday and Third Saturday

Sunday, Jun 5, 2016  |  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
History and Landscape of the Fens
A walk through the centuries of a historic landscape. Hear the story of how Frederick Law Olmsted transformed an area of polluted waterways and mudflats into a scenic fens and the later 20th century revisions that resulted in the landscape we see today.

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 | 6 pm – 7 pm (this is a one-hour tour)
Evening Garden Stroll
A leisurely walk through the gardens of the Fens. You’ll take in the sights and scents of the historic Kelleher Rose Garden with its more than 1,500 roses and recently reconstructed fountain, and meander the paths of the oldest continually operating Victory Garden in America.

Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
History and Landscape of the Fens
A walk through the centuries of a historic landscape. Hear the story of how Frederick Law Olmsted transformed an area of polluted waterways and mudflats into a scenic fens and the later 20th century revisions that resulted in the landscape we see today.

July

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 | 6 pm – 7 pm (this is a one-hour tour)
Evening Garden Stroll
A leisurely walk through the gardens of the Fens.

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
History and Landscape of the Fens
A walk through the centuries of a historic landscape.

August

Walking tours are not scheduled in the month of August.

September

Sunday, Sept 4, 2016  |  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
History and Landscape of the Fens
A walk through the centuries of a historic landscape. Hear the story of how Frederick Law Olmsted transformed an area of polluted waterways and mudflats into a scenic fens and the later 20th century revisions that resulted in the landscape we see today.

Tuesday, Sept 13, 2016 | 6 pm – 7 pm (this is a one-hour tour)
Evening Garden Stroll
A leisurely walk through the gardens of the Fens. You’ll take in the sights and scents of the historic Kelleher Rose Garden with its more than 1,500 roses and recently reconstructed fountain, and meander the paths of the oldest continually operating Victory Garden in America.

Saturday, Sept 17, 2016 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (approx. 2 hours)
Bike Tour!
Enjoy the scenery of Emerald Necklace parks from the Fens to the Arnold Arboretum on a bike tour led by Conservancy docent and landscape architect Barbara Nazarewicz. Must be 14 years or older. Free, pre-registration required. Register 

October

Sunday, Oct 2, 2016  |  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
History and Landscape of the Fens
A walk through the centuries of a historic landscape. Hear the story of how Frederick Law Olmsted transformed an area of polluted waterways and mudflats into a scenic fens and the later 20th century revisions that resulted in the landscape we see today.

Saturday, Oct 22, 2016  |  11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Last tour of the season!
History and Landscape of the Fens
A walk through the centuries of a historic landscape. Hear the story of how Frederick Law Olmsted transformed an area of polluted waterways and mudflats into a scenic fens and the later 20th century revisions that resulted in the landscape we see today.

Shattuck Visitor Center

125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Hours
Open year-round Monday-Friday:
9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday (May-October only):
11:00am – 4:00pm

Guided Tours

Tours & Talks Descriptions

Current Exhibit

Docent Programs
From May through October, docents lead 90-minute tours of the Back Bay Fens every weekend and one-hour evening garden strolls on selected Tuesdays. 2015 schedule.

During the winter months, docents lead guided walks and offer a variety of programs at the Shattuck. Check calendar for schedule and details.