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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.

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Announcing our 2018 Annual Meeting

Our 2018 Annual Meeting, Parks as Infrastructure for Living, will mark the Conservancy's 20th Anniversary and the multifaceted role of parks in the urban setting. Join us at the Landmark Center on Thursday, March 22!

Become a Docent

Here’s an opportunity to learn about the Emerald Necklace and share your knowledge with others by leading interpretive tours of the parks. No experience necessary- classes start April 2018. Class size is limited, so apply now!

Learning Under Leaves: Canopy Classroom

What makes trees grow big, and how do you tell them apart?  The Conservancy is helping students answer these big questions on field trips in the Emerald Necklace Parks!

15th Anniversary Party in the Park | May 31, 2018

This year’s Liff Luncheon will be in Olmsted’s Franklin Park. Please join us, in your finest hat, to enjoy a champagne reception and a delicious seated lunch. It will be a spectacular celebration!

A New Era for Charlesgate

A community has come together to revitalize an important piece of the Back Bay Fens. Learn how the Charlesgate Alliance and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy are making a difference for Charlesgate.

Muddy River Restoration on WCVB's Chronicle

The Muddy River Restoration Project is a game-changer for Boston and Brookline. WCBV's Chronicle explored why in this special segment.

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.