Guided Walking & Bike Tours

From May through October, the Conservancy offers a series of free, guided walking and bike tours led by Emerald Necklace Conservancy docents.

Visitors can stroll among scented blooms, take a walk into history, discover the hidden gems of the Back Bay Fens landscape or ride along the bicycle paths to explore more of the Necklace.

Tours are offered seasonally starting in the spring. Check below for our upcoming tour schedule!

Book Your Group: We also offer tours to groups. Please send your inquiry to Docent Coordinator Jeanie Knox at or call 617-522-2700.

Upcoming Tours

Historic Treasures of the Back Bay Fens
Saturday, May 5, 2018 and Sunday, May 6, 2018 || 11 am – 12:30 pm

What do a 17th-century Japanese Temple Bell, a bridge made of Roxbury puddingstone, and a tree once thought extinct have in common? They all reside in the Back Bay Fens. Learn about these and other treasures on a guided walking tour of the Back Bay Fens that is sure to bring out the history detective in you!

Meet at the Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Free and open to the public. Bring a refillable water bottle and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Hello Muddy! 
Saturday, May 19, 2018 || 11 am – 12 pm

After decades spent underground beneath a parking lot, a portion of the Muddy River has been uncovered to see daylight once again. Hear the story of how river and parkland were reclaimed and how the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted’s is being restored for the 21st century.

Meet at REI, Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive, Boston, MA 02215
Free and open to the public. Bring a refillable water bottle and wear comfortable walking shoes. Call 617-522-2700 for more information.

Shattuck Visitor Center

125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Open year-round Monday-Friday:
9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday (May-October only):
11:00am – 4:00pm

History and Landscape of the Fens
A walk through the centuries of a historic landscape. Hear the story of how Frederick Law Olmsted transformed an area of polluted waterways and mudflats into a scenic fens and the later 20th century revisions that resulted in the landscape we see today.

Hello Muddy! Guided Walk along the Restored Muddy River
You’ll traverse the footprint of the restored Muddy River in the Back Bay Fens on this docent-led tour and hear the story of the uncovered river and how a piece of Olmsted’s landscape was reclaimed as parkland after spending decades paved over and used as a parking lot. 

Emerald Necklace Bike Tour
The best way to see the Emerald Necklace is to breeze through it by bike with a Conservancy docent! Join us for a tour of the parks from the Fens to the Arnold Arboretum. Must be 14 years or older.

Evening Garden Stroll
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the gardens of the Fens. You’ll take in the sights and scents of the historic Kelleher Rose Garden with its more than 1,500 roses and recently reconstructed fountain, and meander the paths of the oldest continually operating Victory Garden in America.