Virtual Events Continue – Winter on the Emerald Necklace

Our popular annual series of summer events, Summer on the Emerald Necklace went virtual this 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.

This fall and winter, we are excited to continue virtual programming into the colder months by offering more online yoga classes, park tours, a trivia night and so much more!
See our current live virtual events and on-demand resources below, new events will be added regularly, check back here for updates.

Contact Events Manager Jamie Santuccio with questions or inquiries at

Upcoming Live Virtual Events:

Children’s Drawing Contest

Our first-ever Children’s Drawing Contest! Park lovers ages 2 – 12 were invited to enter their best Emerald Necklace-inspired drawing, painting, collage or any two-dimensional work of art for a chance to win an ENC coloring book and to have their art featured on brand-new Conservancy notecards. We received 27 submissions from kids of all ages, view them here!

Virtual Yoga Classes

Winter virtual vinyasa yoga classes are here! The perfect way to unwind at the end of the day. Register for each class by clicking on the date below to receive the Zoom link.
Thursday, January 14

Wednesday, January 20
Tuesday, January 26
Thursday, February 4
Wednesday, February 10
Tuesday, February 16

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 Saturday, January 16 at 10:30 am for the next winter story. Ideal for kids ages 5-12. 

On-Demand Resources:

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 2020 Sponsors and Partners!

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

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

We are pleased to announce the six winners of our Children’s Drawing Contest! We received 27 inspired drawings from talented young people who were tasked with creating their best Emerald Necklace-inspired drawing, painting, collage or any two-dimensional work of art. (THREAD)