Walks and Talks
All tours are approximately TWO hours unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10:30am
Contemplate the late 19th century shift away from the view that forests and wilderness were limitless, and how the ideas of the early pioneers of conservation in the United States, including Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Sprague Sargent, are reflected within the Arboretum's "scientific pleasure ground."
Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 10:00 am (optional tour of Fenway Park at 12:30pm)
Examine the multifaceted history of the Fens focusing on its transformation from "the foulest marsh and muddy flats to be found anywhere in Massachusetts" into an urban oasis of greenery. Explore how thoughtful art and engineering helped to create the first link in Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace of parks. Following this tour, those interested can take a tour of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, starting at 12:30 pm.
Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 10:00 am
Explore Franklin Park from "A" to "Z" on a walk through the portion of Franklin Park that designer Frederick Law Olmsted called the Ante-Park ("A"), which today is largely defined by the Franklin Park Zoo ("Z"). The walk will include stops at the Valley Gate, the Playstead Overlook, White Stadium, and the old Bear Dens.
Take a summer solstice stroll along America's oldest public beach. Revere Beach is one of the many reservations preserved to foster "an education in the love of beauty", as envisioned by Charles Eliot, originator of Boston's metropolitan parks. Enjoy the sunshine and the waves, as we discuss Eliot's efforts and ideas as well as Revere Beach's long history.
For more information on these programs please call (617) 566-1689 ext.221
Olmsted's Brookline Neighborhood Walks have been postponed until the summer.
Did You Know?
The Olmsted firm designed the US Capitol Grounds. The firm also worked on the Jefferson Memorial, White House, and the Mall.