Walks and Talks

Where is the Ranger Taking Us

Group heading up Scarboro Hill in Franklin Park

NPS/Olmsted NHS


For information on walks this April during National Park Week click - HERE

Walnut Hills Cemetery Bird Walk
Saturday, May 9th 7am-9am

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a bird walk suitable for beginners and novices at Brookline's Walnut Hills Cemetery. This public cemetery is also the burial place of architect H.H. Richardson, landscape architect John Charles Olmsted, and Arnold Arboretum founding director Charles Sprague Sargent. Time permitting, we will try and visit these grave sites as well as a burial plot that was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted's firm. Bring binoculars and a field guide and be prepared for occasional uneven terrain. Meets inside the cemetery entrance, 96 Grove Street, Brookline. (Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club)

Back Bay Fens: Visions & Revisions
(followed by optional tour of Symphony Hall)
Saturday, May 16th 9am-11am

This two-hour walking tour will 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. Afterwards, we will visit one of the many Boston cultural institutions that migrated to the surrounding neighborhood following the Fens' creation. REGISTRATION is required - please click HERE

The Emerald Necklace Walk

Sunday, June 7th 8am-2pm

Beginning in Franklin Park, this six-hour walking tour will examine Olmsted's masterpiece of linear park design. Pastures, ponds and parkways were woven into the city's fabric and combined both state-of-the-art engineering with artistic sensibility. The walk will end in the Back Bay Fens where people can ride the "T" back to Franklin Park or anywhere they wish. Bring a lunch. REGISTRATION is required - please click HERE

A Short Walk on a Long Day: The Blue Hills Reservation
Friday, June 21st 5pm-7pm

In his 1890 Waverly Oaks report, Charles Eliot suggested that Boston residents look beyond the city and into the suburbs for natural scenery to foster and preserve "an education in the love of beauty" and a means of "human enjoyment." Contemplate Eliot's efforts and ideas as we ascend the "Great Blue Hill", which at 635 ft, is the highest point within 10 miles of the Atlantic coast south of central Maine. Prepare for moderate hike over rugged and rocky terrain. Meets at the Trailside Museum Parking lot.



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