About Us


Our mission is to restore and improve the Emerald Necklace for all.

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy connects people and parks and conserves the Emerald Necklace through projects and programs to enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the landscape, waterways and parkways. To steward the Emerald Necklace’s 1,100 acres of parkland extending from Boston’s Back Bay through Brookline and Jamaica Plain to Franklin Park in Dorchester, the Conservancy works in collaboration with its partners on advocacy, maintenance and restoration, education and access, and promoting park stewardship through volunteer and youth programs.


In its role as a steward of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 100-year old park system, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy will be seen as a trusted collaborator working seamlessly with its public partners to restore, improve, maintain, and protect this iconic urban landscape. This work will be visible to all and recognized nationally for setting standards of excellence and creating best practices in preservation, advocacy, education, conservation, programming, safety, sustainability and park administration.

Who We Are

Board of Directors  •  Park Advisors  •  Staff
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is a private non-profit stewardship organization founded in 1998 to maintain, restore and protect the parks of the Emerald Necklace designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for all to explore, use and enjoy. Governed by a board of directors, the conservancy brings together representatives of both the private and public sectors to carry out these goals. Its activities complement the longstanding initiatives of its public partners, the Boston Parks & Recreation Department, Brookline Parks and Open Space and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. With its public and private partners, dedicated staff and an ever-expanding cadre of volunteers the conservancy is committed to preserving Olmsted’s historic legacy and ensuring that these parks continue to serve the common good for generations to come.


Shattuck Visitor Center

125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Presentations and Park Tours
Looking for a dynamic speaker for your next meeting? Emerald Necklace Conservancy staff is available to present, “The Emerald Necklace: Restoring the Vision and Preserving the Olmsted Legacy,” a 50-minute lecture and slide program.

For more information or to schedule a program or private tour for your group or club call Marketing and Communications Coordinator Declan Battles at 617-522-2700 or dbattles@emeraldnecklace.org.

We are pleased to announce the six winners of our Children’s Drawing Contest! We received 27 inspired drawings from talented young people who were tasked with creating their best Emerald Necklace-inspired drawing, painting, collage or any two-dimensional work of art. (THREAD)