Volunteer in the Parks
If you use the parks and love the parks let your enthusiasm translate to volunteering. The 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace need willing hands and hearts to return the park to the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted. Join the conservancy email list and you will receive invitations to programs, clean-ups and planting projects.
- Tuesdays with Roses
- Meet at Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens
- Spring – Fall, Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
- Volunteers work in the Rose Garden deadheading and pruning roses and weeding the rose beds and borders.
- Woodlands Volunteer Corps
- Meet at Daisy Field Parking Lot, Olmsted Park
- Spring – Fall, second Saturday of each month from 10:00am – 1:00pm
- Help implement a comprehensive woodlands management program ranging from the removal of invasive plant species to the conditioning of the forest soil to promote a healthier forest. Learn more about invasive plant species threatening the Woodlands. Rain dates for all events are the following Saturday, unless otherwise noted. An email is sent out midweek announcing the project to be done that weekend.
- Emerald Necklace Clean-ups and Plantings
- Spring – Fall, email invites will announce dates and locations
- Activities range from invasive removal and trail maintenance to storm drain and general clean-up activities. The annual Muddy River spring clean-up is scheduled in April each year, on or around Earth Day.
- Info for Volunteers
- What to bring: Long pants, closed toe shoes, hat, all weather clothing, snack, sunscreen and a water bottle.
- What is provided: All necessary tools, gloves and instruction.
- What to expect: Emerald Necklace Conservancy volunteer work days are typically 3 hours long and involve some type of ecological restoration work such as planting trees or wildflowers, controlling erosion, building trails, or managing invasive species. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about safety and technique, provide you with tools and materials, and help you make a difference in our amazing parks. Expect to have fun, meet people who love the outdoors, and get dirty!
- What about the weather: Projects are weather dependent.
- Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
- Spring 2013
- Tuesdays with Roses: Kelleher Rose Garden,
- Back Bay Fens, Spring-Fall, Tuesday evenings,
- 5:30 – 7:30pm
- Woodlands Volunteer Corps: Olmsted Park, Spring-Fall, 2nd Saturday each month,
- 10:00am – 1:00pm
- Clean-ups and Plantings: The parks, various dates from Spring-Fall