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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.

Visiting the Emerald Necklace

With more than 1,100 acres to spread out in and explore, the Emerald Necklace parks remain open at this time. Click through for our tips on exploring the parks healthily or from home. The parks are here for you!

2020 Annual Meeting Postponed

Due to recent public health concerns involving the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have postponed our 2020 Annual Meeting until further notice. We will announce a new date as soon as possible. Stay tuned.
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Shattuck Visitor Center Closed For Now

In response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in the interest of the health of our staff and park visitors, we have closed the Conservancy's Shattuck Visitor Center until further notice.

Party in the Park: May 13, 2020

Join us on Wednesday, May 13, for the 17th Annual Party in the Park! Tickets and sponsorships are available now for Boston's premier springtime event. We look forward to seeing you under the tent!

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.

Shades of green are beginning to sneak back onto the scene. Welcome, springtime. || 📸: The Riverway by Instagrammer @teadubyaa || #EmeraldNecklaceParks