Good Neighbors Institute

Collage of Good Neighbors Institute participants building a model park and Good Neighbors students also building a model park
Good Neighbors Institute participants explore the landscape at Fairsted


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The Institute introduces the Good Neighbors: Landscape Design & Community Building (GN) program to park managers, school partners and landscape professionals. Participants learn how the program was developed and directly experience the components of the program using the facilities at Fairsted (Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site) and other nearby Olmsted-designed parks. The Institute provides participants with the resources, tools and knowledge to establish a curriculum-applicable, landscape-based education program that utilizes an Olmsted-designed landscape in their local communities.

“It was a time to reflect on how we are doing, to open our thoughts to new facts, and new approaches, and to learn, learn, learn. It was an “immersing” week, which I loved, and which we will continue to unpack for the rest of this year.”
– Institute participant

The Institute is a collaborative project between Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and the National Association for Olmsted Parks. The Institute seeks to expand public awareness of and engagement with Olmsted-designed landscapes nationwide through the creation and dissemination of innovative grade-school education programming models. As programs are developed in individual communities, models and associated materials will be shared with the Institute participants and the public.
Good Neighbors Institute participants draw flora in the landscape at Fairsted
A ranger listening to Good Neighbors students reading in the landscape


To provide background and approaches for teaching and learning in public lands, particularly Olmsted-designed landscapes, and raise awareness of how thoughtfully designed parks can strengthen communities.


  • Understand the GN programming framework and teaching model
  • Identify ways in which the GN programming framework can be adapted to support real-world teaching and learning using an Olmsted-designed landscape
  • Draft a plan of action for developing a landscape-based education program using a local community Olmsted-designed park
  • Identify resources and archival materials (plans, drawings, photographs, etc.) managed by the National Park Service (NPS) that can be used to support the development and implementation of the program
  • Develop a dialogic approach to interpreting Olmsted design projects with an eye toward engaging diverse audiences

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For more information about the Good Neighbors Institute please contact our education department.
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Last updated: January 25, 2018

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99 Warren Street
Brookline , MA 02445


617 566-1689

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