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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.

Spring on the Emerald Necklace

This spring, we are excited to continue virtual programming into the green season by offering new virtual events, park tours, volunteer activities, educational resources and so much more!

Discover Olmsted Now

Join the Conservancy and the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and learn why, 200 years after his birth, Greater Boston and other cities around the country will host initiatives that reanimate Olmsted's ideals.

Download or Print Our Emerald Necklace Map

Digital, ready-to-print copies of our map of the full Emerald Necklace system, as well as maps of each Emerald Necklace park, are available for viewing and download. Discover your new favorite park!

Sign Up for This Year’s Muddy River Cleanup

Help us keep the Emerald Necklace shining this Earth Week! Learn more and sign up for one of this spring's socially-distant volunteer cleanup events throughout the parks from April 19-24.

The Emerald Necklace is Here For You

With more than 1,100 acres to spread out in and explore, the Emerald Necklace parks remain open at this time. Click through for tips on responsibly visiting the parks and resources to connect with the parks from home.

Explore with www.EmeraldNecklace.Tours

With over 50 detailed entries on locations and landmarks throughout the Emerald Necklace, our mobile tour guide is the perfect way to explore the parks by yourself, with family or from home.

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.

Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Muddy River Cleanup! We’re very excited to be able to host a socially distanced volunteer event spanning six days and seven parks, find a spot that works for you and sign up here: http://bit.ly/MuddyRiver21