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Volunteer in the Rose Garden
Tues, Nov 1 | 4:30-6 pm
Kelleher Rose Garden
Back Bay Fens
Help weed the rose beds and borders. Training and tools provided
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An Emerald Evening
Thurs, Nov. 10 | 6:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts
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Second Saturdays Woodlands Volunteers
Sat, Nov 12 | 10 am – 1 pm
Help promote a healthier forest through activities ranging from removing invasive plant species to conditioning forest soil.
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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.

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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Annual Meeting 2017

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Meeting. It was a festive, inspiring evening thanks to you and Dr. John Francis who gave an engaging and thought-provoking keynote address on what it takes to make a difference.
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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.
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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.
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Community Preservation Act

Thank you, Boston voters, for supporting and passing the Community Preservation Act! Our parks will benefit from this important legislation that will create a dedicated funding stream for parks, affordable housing and historic preservation.
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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.

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.