• 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.

September

Saturday, Sept 16  | 11 am —12:00 pm
Hello Muddy! Guided Walk along the Restored Muddy River
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.

Sunday, Sept 24 | 1 pm — 2:30 pm
History and Landscape of the Fens

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.

October

Saturday, Oct 7 | 11 am —1 pm
Bike Tour! Registration FULL
Enjoy the fall 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.

Monday, Oct. 9  | 11 am —12:30 pm
Hello Muddy! Guided Walk along the Restored Muddy River
To celebrate Fenway’s Opening Our Doors, we’re offering a special 90-minute tour along the Muddy River. Starting from the Shattuck Visitor Center, you’ll traverse the footprint of the restored Muddy River in the Back Bay Fens and hear the story of  how a piece of Olmsted’s landscape was reclaimed as parkland after spending decades paved over and used as a parking lot.  Starts and ends at the Shattuck Visitor Center. 

Wednesday, Oct 25 | 6 —7 pm
SOLD OUT! Weird and Worrisome Tour of Jamaica Pond
All neighborhoods have secrets but some are stranger than others. Just in time for Halloween, we will explore Jamaica Plain in Boston. Participants will stop at sites of anarchist robberies and stuffed elephants, and hear tales of trainwrecks and things that lurk beneath the surface of Jamaica Pond. The tour is hosted in collaboration with the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Register

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.