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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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Kelleher Rose Garden

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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.

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Join Us at the Shattuck Visitor Center

Stop by the Shattuck Visitor Center at 125 The Fenway to learn more about the Emerald Necklace, pick up a free park map and view our exhibit, Sculpting with Water. Open 7 days a week!

Summer on the Emerald Necklace Returns!

The Conservancy's free signature outdoor movie and music series returns in July and August with six evenings of top-notch musical performances, family movie nights and outdoor yoga classes!

Thank you for a Successful Party in the Park!

With your support, we raised over $900,000 to maintain and restore the Emerald Necklace park system. Over 750 park advocates gathered under the tent in Franklin Park to support the work of the Conservancy. See you again next year!

Check Out Our Latest Annual Report

Learn all about the Conservancy's 20th Anniversary year, including Fog x FLO, and our exciting future plans for a better, safer and more accessible Emerald Necklace in our FY2018 Annual Report.
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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.

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!

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.