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Welcome to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace

Boston and Brookline’s historic and vibrant park system

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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
Details | Tickets

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.

2019 Annual Meeting: Monday, April 8

Click through to learn more about our 2019 Annual Meeting, "Parks and Health," featuring engaging speakers, a reflection on our successful 20th Anniversary year, a Q&A session with our speakers and a reception.

Thank You for Visiting "Fog x FLO!"

"Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace" has faded away, but there's still plenty of reasons to visit the Emerald Necklace parks! Stay tuned for new tours, new events and new displays at the Shattuck Visitor Center.

An Emerald Evening to Remember

On November 8, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy awarded the Olmsted Award of Excellence to park advocate and former board member Janet Atkins. Thank you to all who made An Emerald Evening special!

A Magnificent Night at Symphony

The 8th Annual Night at Symphony was a fabulous success! Stay tuned to learn more about other special events leading up to the 16th Annual Party in the Park Luncheon on Wednesday, May 15.
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15th Anniversary Party in the Park Video

Celebrate 15 years of Party in the Park and learn more about the work of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy in this informative video, dedicated to Boston Parks friend and advocate Mary Hines.
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Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary

In 2018, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy turned 20, and we celebrated with three major projects that shared the story of Boston’s Emerald Necklace parks. Click to find out more about these exciting initiatives!

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.