Fall Walks and Talks
The Fells and the first Metropolitan Park System
October 7, 2023 at 10 AM
Join us to discuss the reasons why the Middlesex Fells Reservation was created and the Olmsted Firm’s involvement in designing and implementing the Boston Metropolitan Park System. Join us at 10:00 on Saturday, October 7th to explore the Fells through a lens of history and design. The program will consist of a 3 mile moderately paced hike over fairly rugged terrain. Register here.
Brother Artists: Olmsted and Richardson in Malden
October 21, 2023 at 1 PM
Join us for the third part of our series "Brother-Artists" as we explore the Converse Memorial Library in Malden, Massachusetts, and discuss the collaborations of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Henry Hobson Richardson, who a mutual friend referred to as 'brother-artists." The Converse Memorial Library was constructed between 1883 and 1885 and was the last Richardson-Olmsted library project. Register here.
Franklin Park: The Jewel of the Emerald Necklace Part 1 The Ante Park
November 4 2023 at 12 PM
We will be learning about the Ante Park section of Franklin Park, the jewel of Frederick Law Olmsted's Boston Park System, known as the Emerald Necklace. We will be starting our walk by White Stadium in Franklin Park at 12PM. his walk is not a loop as we will be walking through the Ante Park section of Franklin Park, ending on the opposite side. We will be walking a little over one mile and will go for roughly an hour and a half. Register here.
Franklin Park: The Jewel of the Emerald Necklace Part 2 The Country Park
November 18, 2023 at 11 AM
Franklin Park is considered one of Frederick Law Olmsted’s finest design achievements and a prime example of his social ideals. Discover Olmsted’s vision for Franklin Park’s Country Park on this two-hour walk through the landscapes of Scarboro Pond, Schoolmaster Hill, and the Country Park meadow. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Register here.
Parks and Politics: A Learn and Burn of Jamaica Pond
November 25, 2023 at 12:30 PM
Join us on a tour of Jamaica Pond and its notable neighborhood. Our first 1.5 mile loop will include a discussion of the politics behind the Emerald Necklace and how the neighbors were involved with local politics. Our second loop will be fitness focused- more walking, less talking to warm up on a chilly day. We will be walking around the pond during cold and windy weather! Please be prepared by wearing comfortable shoes and wear multiple layers to be warm. Register here.
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Sundays in July and September, 10AM-4PM
Drop by and visit us at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's Shattuck Visitor Center. Learn more about Olmsted's Boston park design, chat with a park ranger, and participate in our rotating activities.
In partnership with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
September 9th, 6:45PM-9PM
Lawn open for seating at 6:30 PM. Lot and street parking available. Food and family-friendly beverages are welcome (no glass)
July 23rd, 10AM- 4PM
Come enjoy a nice summer day on the South Lawn filled with music and activities! The day will include preformances by Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys at 11AM, and Juventas New Music Ensemble at 2PM. Family-friendly activities will be available throughout the day including a watercolor station, button-making, and sun priting.
Saturday, April 29th. 11:00AM-1:00PMSpring Family Wonder (Junior Ranger Program)
Bring your family for a guided walk and discover the Middlesex Fells accompanied by staff from Olmsted NHS. Uncover the area's unique design with hands-on activities that illustrates the Olmsted and Elliot vision.
Saturday, December 11, 1:00-4:00, Brookline, MA
Join Olmsted NHS, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and over 150 partners for an afternoon of gratitude and sharing. Discover some of the many events, projects, and successes of the greater Boston bicentennial commemoration, explore the design office at your own pace, and meet some stewards, champions, and fans of Olmsted-designed landscape throughout the area.
Saturday, October 29, North Easton Time TBD
September 25, 2021
Join us in celebrating Public Lands day and volunteer for a fun day of stewardship at the Green Hill Property. Volunteers will help restore and maintain our Green Hill Property by removing invasive plants such as Porcelain berry and Canada thistle, as well as pitching in with stewardship tasks like mulching and weeding.
September 26, 6:30 pm
Pop your popcorn, pull up a blanket, and enjoy a screening of Hoot on Fairsted’s South Lawn. Celebrate the conservation work of Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. of the Everglades in Florida with New Line Cinema's Hoot featuring kids taking on crooked politicians and greedy developers to save endangered owls threatened by a construction project. Rated PG, Run time 91 minutes.
Saturday, October 2, 11 am
Join us as we explore the neighborhood where JFK grew up for the first ten years of his life. The tour is approximately one hour long and will meet in front of John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS (83 Beals Street, Brookline, MA.) Total walking distance is 1.8 miles.
Saturday, October 9, 9 am
Bring your camera and capture the vibrant fall colors in the morning light as we explore the history of this Olmsted landscape. Talking walking distance is approximately 1.5 miles.
Saturday, October 16, 1pm
Saturday, October 23, 10 am
Saturday, October 30, 10 am and 2 pm
The Well-Equipped Witch: The Science of Sorcery
Saturday, November 13, 1 pm
Walk through the Back Bay Fens, and learn about the project that first brought Frederick Law Olmsted to Boston, and why he chose to stay.
Saturday, November 20, 10 am
Join our walk in the wildnerness of Franklin Park and have a positive experience with your pet. Learn about the B.A.R.K. principles so you and your pet can have a seafe and fun visit anytime you are in an Olmsted (or non) park. This program is part of the Healthy People Healthy Parks Initiative. B.A.R.K. stands for Bag your pet’s waste Always leash your pet Respect wildlife Know where you can go.
Saturday, November 27, 1 pm
Thursday, December 2, 2021 7:00–8:30pm (EST)
FRIENDS OF FAIRSTED LECTURE SERIES
A talk by Elizabeth Hope Cushing, landscape historian
Last updated: September 24, 2023