Summer 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, winter and spring.

This summer, we were glad to offer new virtual, in-person and hybrid events including fitness classes, park tours, live performances and so much more! 

Contact Events Manager Jamie Santuccio with questions or inquiries at

Past Live Events:

Twilight Music Series

This July and August, the Conservancy will host over a dozen live musical performances in four Emerald Necklace parks. Click each date below for times, artists and locations:

Summer Fitness Series

Join us for yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi at home and in the parks! Click each event to sign up, and check back regularly for new dates:

Yoga (online only) – August 4

Yoga (online and in-person) – August 11

Tai Chi (in-person only) – August 17

Yoga (online only) – August 18

Yoga (online only) – August 25

Pilates (online only) – August 31

Evening Garden Stroll

Summer blooms, scented gardens, and a leisurely stroll all combine to make the perfect antidote to the work week! Join us on Tuesday, August 10 for a one-hour guided walk through the Kelleher Rose Garden and the Fenway Victory Gardens.

Help us make programs like this, and so much more, possible.
Support our work with a donation to the Emerald Fund today!

Thank you to our Summer on the Emerald Necklace Sponsors:

Series Champions

Series Partners

Series Advocates

Brookline Community Foundation

Brookline Greenspace Alliance

Charlesgate Alliance

Harvard Medical School


School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

Series Friend

Friends of the Muddy River

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

Congrats to the winners of our U.S. Open raffle!

Please give a golf clap to Juliette J. attending the championship round on June 16, and to Tim R. who will see the practice round on June 15!

Thanks again to The Country Club for making this raffle possible.