Olmsted NHS Events

People walking along path in park
Finishing up a walk in Franklin Park, Boston


Summer 2017 Programming

Walks are free of charge and no reservations are needed.

Please call 617-566-1689 ext 238 or 221 if you have a question or need more information.

A Walk Along The Muddy River
Friday, July 7, 2017
6pm - 7:30pm

This leisurely 90-minute stroll along the Muddy River’s “meandering water and blooming islets” will explore the marriage of landscape art and clever engineering in this section of Frederick Law Olmsted’s “emerald necklace” of parks. Olmsted once referred to this landscape design as his most important work in Boston, one that would open a “new chapter” in the history of landscape architecture. Meets at the Longwood “T” Stop, “D” branch of Green Line.

Art in the Landscape
Saturdays beginning July 15, 2017

Saturdays from 10am-1pm, find our NPS tent in the Emerald Necklace and create art inspired by past and present Olmsted landscapes. Locations will be announced on a weekly basis on our Facebook page. No reservations required. Clipboards, paper, and pencils provided.

Open House, Open Lawn
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Take a self-guided tour of Fairsted any time between 9:30am and 4pm. Explore the historic design office, take in the exhibits, and try out lawn games that the Olmsteds might have played! Bring-your-own-picnic and take in the beauty of the South Lawn.

Tree Day (with the Tree Bus!)
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Learn the story of our Junior Elm tree that was re-planted in 2013 and celebrate the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted Junior. Bring the whole family to Fairsted to check out the Tree Bus - The Scattered Seeds Foundation will provide an interactive traveling tree exhibit on the American Elm. Help us celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted Junior's commitment to America's public parks!

Jamaica Pond: Genius of the Place
Friday, July 28, 2017

This two-hour walking tour entitled “Jamaica Pond: Genius of the Place” will examine the natural and cultural history of this Emerald Necklace park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Meets at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse, across from the intersection of Pond Street and the Jamaicaway

Invasion of the Aliens Pt. III
Sunday, July 30, 2017
1pm - 2:30pm

This interpretive walk focuses on the natural history of the Wilderness in Franklin Park with a focus on invasive plants. Please wear hiking or running shoes. To RSVP or learn more, please call (617) 566-1689 ext. 221

Founder's Day
Friday, August 25, 2017

Learn the history that led to the creation of the National Park Service! Participate in a facilitated dialogue, celebrate the winners of the Inspired by Olmsted Contest, and more on the 101st anniversary of the founding of the NPS.

A Walk at World's End
Friday, September 8, 2017
5pm- 6:30pm

Explore the natural and cultural history of World's End while hiking to Planter's Hill. Frederick Law Olmsted designed this area as a private estate, but intended its use to reach beyond the private into the public realm. World's End offers a captivating setting to examine land use, original design intent, and public health through the Olmsted lens. Meet in the parking lot at World's End near the ranger station.


Friends of Fairsted Lecture Series

Come back in August for the announcement of our fall program.

Last updated: June 24, 2017

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99 Warren Street
Brookline, MA 02445


(617) 566-1689

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