• The Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Guided Walking & Bike Tours

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

A Guided Walk through the History and Landscape of the Fens
Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 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.

Hello Muddy! Guided Walk along the Restored Muddy River
Saturday, May 20 | 11 am –12:30 pm This tour has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Sunday, May 21 | 1 – 2:30 pm
You’ll traverse the footprint of the restored Muddy River in the Back Bay Fens on this docent-led tour and hear the story of the uncovered river and how a piece of Olmsted’s landscape was reclaimed as parkland after spending decades paved over and used as a parking lot. NOTE: The tour will begin and end at the entrance to REI at the Landmark Center.

June

NEW! Emerald Necklace Walk!
Saturday, Jun 3  |  8 am — 3 pm
Lace up the walking shoes and join us for the first-ever Conservancy-led walk through Olmsted’s masterpiece! Enjoy a seven-mile walk on a spring day through Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace—from the Fens to Franklin Park— with Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek and some very special guests. Learn more/register

Evening Garden Stroll
Tuesday, Jun 6  |  6 — 7 pm
Tuesday, Jun 13 |  6 — 7 pm

Tuesday, Jun 20 | 6 — 7 pm
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.

Hello Muddy! Guided Walk along the Restored Muddy River
Saturday, Jun 17 | 11 am —12:00 pm
You’ll traverse the footprint of the restored Muddy River in the Back Bay Fens on this docent-led tour and hear the story of the uncovered river and how a piece of Olmsted’s landscape was reclaimed as parkland after spending decades paved over and used as a parking lot. NOTE: The tour will begin and end at the entrance to REI at the Landmark Center.

History and Landscape of the Fens
Sunday, Jun 18 | 1 pm — 2:30 pm

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.

Bike Tour! Registration required
Saturday, Jun 24 | 11 am —1 pm

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. Register below.

July

History and Landscape of the Fens
Saturday, July 8 | 11 am — 12:30 pm

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.

Hello Muddy! Guided Walk along the Restored Muddy River
Sunday, July 23  | 1 —2:00 pm
You’ll traverse the footprint of the restored Muddy River in the Back Bay Fens on this docent-led tour and hear the story of the uncovered river and how a piece of Olmsted’s landscape was reclaimed as parkland after spending decades paved over and used as a parking lot. NOTE: The tour will begin and end at the entrance to REI at the Landmark Center.

August

Walking tours are not scheduled in the month of August.

September & October

Fall schedule coming soon!

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

About the Shattuck Visitor Center

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.

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