2009 05 13 003


Adriana Sassoon, Tonya Mezrick , Sinesia

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy was created to protect, restore, maintain and promote the landscape, waterways and parkways of the Emerald Necklace park system as special places for people to visit and enjoy.

The Conservancy’s programs and funding support and complement initiatives by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, City of Boston and Town of Brookline who began the Necklace’s restoration in the 1980s.


Our programs focus on:

  • parks restoration and maintenance
  • public education including presentations, exhibits and publications
  • constituency-building and park advocacy
  • volunteer and other activities which promote parks stewardship
  • improvement of public access to and through the park system, among other activities.

A public-private partnership, the Conservancy was formed in 1996 and incorporated in 1998 as a non-profit organization. Our organization brings together government, business, residential and institutional representatives, community leaders and organizations, and environmental and park advocates in support of the Olmsted legacy. President Julie Crockford and the staff work closely with the Board of Directors, the Park Overseers (representing all of the parks and friends groups within the Emerald Necklace), the Stewardship Council, and hundreds of volunteers to accomplish our mission.

Join us in the continued renewal of an historic landscape, and an environmental and cultural treasure that is:

  • a place to join together in celebration
  • a backyard for our children
  • a special wildlife habitat
  • a boost to our area’s economy
  • a source of serenity and renewal


Hopeline registration with the Boston Youth Fund is closed for the year, but students ages 15 – 17 that are interested in becoming members of the Green Team can still apply through the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

Please see the Green Team page for more information about the 2008 program.

These are paid positions. You will be expected to work 25 hours a week and attend work every day of the program unless excused. Once again you must be between the ages of 15 and 17.

Interested applicants should contact Kate England at kengland@emeraldnecklace.org with your:

As well as a cover letter telling us about your interest in the environment and the Green Team.

Please feel free to contact Kate England at the Conservancy with any questions.

Kate England
891 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130




*Beautiful flowers and great food. I have to confess the Police Horses took my attention. They were the Starlight of the event for me. We have to support the future of Horses, by keeping the Emerald Necklace Alive. The Emerald Necklace was created to protect, restore, maintain and promote the landscape, waterways and parkways but the most important are the Bridle Paths. Support the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and ensure that the landscape, Bridle Paths and waterways are maintained for years to come.

Too much, clutter all I could see was Hats. All together Visual Pollution. Please Ladies. “Less is more” a basic phrase.