Virtual Events Continue – Spring on the Emerald Necklace

Our popular annual series of summer events, Summer on the Emerald Necklace, went virtual last year with a slew of virtual programs and resources for park lovers of all ages to enjoy from home, or while on a socially-distant walk in the parks. We received such a warm reception that we extended the series through fall and winter.

This spring, we are excited to continue virtual programming into the green season by offering new virtual, in-person and hybrid events including fitness classes, park tours, volunteer activities and so much more! See our current live events and on-demand resources below; new events will be added regularly, so check back here for updates.

Contact Events Manager Jamie Santuccio with questions or inquiries at

Upcoming Live Events:

Muddy River Cleanup 2021

Save the Date for this year’s Earth Week, happening from April 19-24, and consider volunteering your time to help clean up our beloved Emerald Necklace during this year’s week-long Muddy River Clean Up! Registration is required and space is limited, so click the link above to learn more and register.

Walk: Useful Plants Among Us

On Saturday, April 24, learn how to identify and use helpful plants that grow in the wild on a leisurely stroll along the Emerald Necklace with Pam Kristan, author and wild food practitioner. Find out what is growing, where, when, which parts are edible or useful for other purposes, and preparation techniques. Registration required.

Arbor Week Tree Giveaway

In celebration of Arbor Week, we are pleased to partner with Speak for the Trees to give away tree saplings at the Conservancy’s Curley House offices on April 28-29. Special thanks to Speak for the Trees for making this giveaway possible.

On-Demand Resources:

Hidden Gems: Revival of the Muddy River within the Emerald Necklace

On April 1, Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek joined Park Watershed for an educational virtual event about the history of the Muddy River in the Emerald Necklace, as well as the efforts of the Olmsted 200 movement as summarized by guest Barbara A. Yaeger of the National Association of Olmsted Parks. If you missed the live event, you can still watch the full event on YouTube.

First Peek into the Curley House

One year ago, we expanded our offices to the Curley House in Jamaica Plain, historic home of former Boston Mayor James Michael Curley. Thank you to everyone who attended our March 23 virtual tour! If you missed the live event, you can still watch the full tour on YouTube.

Saturday Storybook Readings

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a Saturday storybook reading with the Conservancy’s Tess O’Day. Each event will feature one story and include one or more take-away activities. Tune in on YouTube to view all four winter stories. Ideal for kids ages 5-12. 

Saturday Storytelling with Valerie Stephens

Stories are told to entertain, teach a lesson or to record a historical event. Enjoy unique virtual storytelling events with Valerie Stephens on YouTube. Ideal for kids ages 5-12 and complete with take-away activities.

White-Tailed Deer Tracking Video

The Conservancy’s Director of Education, Kent Jackson, shares information about White-Tailed Deer habitat, behavior and how to find and identify tracking signals. Watch on YouTube and explore the Emerald Necklace parks to find signs of White-Tailed Deer right in our own backyard.

Digging the Muddy

We’ve paired up with Charter Contracting Co. to bring you family activities to watch and learn about the Muddy River Restoration Phase 2. Check out our map of safe viewing locations to spot unique equipment like the amphibious “Marsh Buggy” and enjoy the coloring pages at home!

Virtual Tour: Fall in the Fenway Victory Gardens

Fall is not just for foliage! Gardens President Elizabeth Bertolozzi leads us through the Gardens showcasing delightful dahlias, zinnias and more.

Emerald Necklace Bingo

A fun activity for kids of all ages. Discover new parks, hidden gems, plant and animal life, all while learning more about our parks and enjoying a fun Bingo game with family or friends.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Music in the Park
Learn about Olmsted with Music by Michael Leidig


Virtual Tour: Evening Garden Stroll
Explore the Fens’ Kelleher Rose Garden and the Fenway Victory Gardens on a guided tour led by a Conservancy docent.

Webinar: Forest Bathing with Tam Wiley
Learn about the healing benefits of walking in nature with Certified Forest Therapy Guide Tam Wiley of Toadstool Walks

Identify the Necklace’s Flora and Fauna
Use the iNaturalist app to survey more than 1,200 plants and animal species found in the Emerald Necklace

Build Connections with a Nature Journal
Learn how to observe and document the environment around you with a nature journaling activity

Discover Invasive Plants: Japanese Knotweed
Learn to identify invasive Japanese knotweed, found in rural and urban settings across New England, with our educational video

Birding in the Emerald Necklace Webinar
Learn about common birds in the Emerald Necklace! Hosted by Conservancy Staff Erica Holm, Kent Jackson and Stephen Lin

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors and Partners!

City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture COVID-19 Fund

Brookline Community Foundation

Boston Parks and Recreation | Brookline Parks and Open Space | Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Muddy River Cleanup! We’re very excited to be able to host a socially distanced volunteer event spanning six days and seven parks, find a spot that works for you and sign up here: