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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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Emerald Necklace Conservancy

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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.

Summer on the Emerald Necklace

This summer, we are excited to announce more virtual and in-person programming through the warmer months by offering new park tours, live music, fitness classes, educational resources and so much more!

Read Our 2020 Annual Report

Last year, we pruned 3,500 trees, expanded our offices and produced dozens of in-person and virtual resources to enjoy the parks any time, anywhere - and you helped! Read all about it in our 2020 Annual Report.

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!

An Opportunity to Restore Franklin Park

A once-in-lifetime opportunity: the right community services and needed housing in the right location, and an opportunity to restore parkland to Franklin Park, a high growth area in a high-needs community.

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.

Join our friends at the @MuddyWaterInit for what's sure to be a wonderful Watergoat Launch this Sunday! Volunteer cleanups, live goats and a new trash barrier for the Muddy - what more can you ask for?