• The Emerald Necklace Conservancy

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Shattuck Visitor Center

The Shattuck Visitor Center serves as both a welcoming gateway to the Emerald Necklace parks and office of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. If you’re looking for things to do in Boston, we offer a variety of opportunities for volunteers – from docent training to office support and communications, research and event planning.

Emerald Necklace Ambassador

Volunteer to be an Emerald Necklace Ambassador and share your enthusiasm for the parks with others. Park Ambassadors greet visitors at the Shattuck Visitor Center in the Back Bay Fens, set up the information table at Summer on the Emerald Necklace and represent the conservancy at fairs and festivals hosted by other organizations. Some training required.

Emerald Necklace Docent

Docents are trained to lead interpretive walking tours through the Back Bay Fens and Riverway and assist with visitor programming at the Shattuck Visitor Center. Volunteers interested in becoming docents attend a 6-week training program to learn about the Emerald Necklace – its history and landscape and the efforts to restore and maintain the parks today. No experience necessary, just a love of the outdoors, an interest in learning about the parks and sharing your knowledge with others. Whether you are a park user, history buff, gardener, recreational walker or interested in landscape and design, as an Emerald Necklace docent, you’ll have the opportunity to enrich the park experience for yourself and others.

To volunteer or for more information:

Contact the volunteer coordinator, earnstein@emeraldnecklace.org

To Volunteer

Contact volunteer coordinator Ellen Arnstein at earnstein@emeraldnecklace.org

Info for Volunteers
What to expect: Emerald Necklace Conservancy volunteer work days are typically 4 hours long. The Shattuck Visitor Center is a friendly welcoming hub of activity and supportive environment for volunteers and visitors alike. We appreciate our volunteers and it shows!

Docent Responsibilities

Docent Application

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Spring – Summer 2016
Tuesdays with Roses
Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens
Spring-Fall, Tuesday evenings, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Woodlands Volunteer Corps
Franklin Park and Olmsted Park
Spring-Fall, 2nd Saturday each month, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Clean-ups and Plantings
All the parks
Spring-Fall, various dates