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Spring 2006 Events

Most of these tours are led by the National Park Service Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Programs are FREE unless otherwise indicated.
Advance reservations are required for June 4 and 11 programs; see details.
For information, (617) 566-1689 or check the Olmsted NHS web site.

Olmsted's Brookline
April 30, 2006
Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Tour the picturesque community where Frederick Law Olmsted lived and worked!
Meet on Dudley Street side of Brookline Reservoir footpath (MBTA Brookline Hills D Green Line stop).

Birds and Bards Festival!
Weekend of May 19 - 21
Celebrate the arrival of spring and International Migratory Bird Day! Our weekend festival draws inspiration from some of the most popular and beautiful landscapes of Boston and surrounding communities. Festival programs are FREE unless otherwise indicated. For complete details, call (617)983- 8500 or visit Mass. Audubon or Olmsted National Historic Site.

Friday, May 19 at Franklin Park

Morning Bird Walk
7:00 to 9:00 am
Meets inside Forest Hills entrance at Resting Place picnic area across from Shattuck Hospital (MBTA Forest Hills Orange Line station and Bus #16).

Rare Species & Conseration Program
3:00 to 5:00 pm
Ready for an encounter with rare birds and perhaps an animal or two? Meets inside Franklin Park Zoo Main Gate (MBTA Forest Hills Orange Line station and Bus #16). Recommended for youth ages 8- 14. Admission fee. Call (617)541- 5466 for details.

Dusk Bird Walk
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Meets in front of William Devine Golf Course Clubhouse, Franklin Park (MBTA Forest Hills Orange Line station and Bus #16).

Saturday, May 20 at Boston Nature Center
George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan
Morning Bird Walk
7:00 to 9:00 am
Enjoy the sights and sounds of migrating birds with Mass. Audubon's Wayne Petersen. MBTA Forest Hills Orange Line station and Bus #21 & 31.
Discovering Live Raptors
9:00 to 11:00 am
Program includes continental breakfast!! MBTA Forest Hills Orange Line station and Bus #21 & 31.
Boston: A Hub of Bird Migration
11:00 to 1:00 pm
Discover the fascinating birds of Boston with Mass. Audubon's Chris Leahy. MBTA Forest Hills Orange Line station and Bus #21 & 31.
Looking for Mr. Gilbert:
The Reimagined Live of
an African-American
1:00 to 2:00 pm
John Hanson Mitchell, author and editor of SANCTUARY Magazine, presents the remarkable story of Robert Gilbert, landscape photographer and servant of William Brewster, the first president of Mass. Audubon. MBTA Forest Hills Orange Line station and Bus #21 & 31.

Sunday, May 21 at Forest Hills Cemetery
Main Gate, 95 Forest Hills Avenue, Jamaica Plain
Morning Bird Walk
7:00 to 9:00 am
Sanctuaries in the City:
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Garden Cemetery and the Olmstedian Park, a walking tour of Forest Hills Cemetery and Franklin Park.
Children's Treasure Hunt
12:30 to 2:00 pm
Performance artist Barbara Michaels leads children ages 6- 9 in an exciting, interactive tour seeking birds, animals, and poetry in art and nature.
Poems of Reawakening
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Readings presented in collaboration with Tapestry of Voices. Meets at Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery. Fee is $5.00.

The Back Bay Fens:
Vision and Revisions
Sunday, June 4
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Discover how the "foulest marsh and muddy flats anywhere in Massachusetts" were transformed into an urban oasis! Optional tour of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is offered afterwards! Advance reservations are required; call(617)566-1689 x235. Meeting place provided following reservation.

Writing on the Landscape: A Jamaica Pond Workshop
Sunday, June 11
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Cultivate your creative writing skills with inspiration from writer and teacher Kathryn Deputat and this beloved "pond of glimmering half lights." Advance reservations are required; contact Brookline Adult & Community Education, (617)730-2700. Fee is $5.00.

A Short Walk on a Long Day:
Arnold Arboretum
Wednesday, June 21
6:00 to 7:30 pm

Pay tribute to the summer solstice and discover the glories of America's first public arboretum! Meets at the Hunnewell Visitor Center, Arnold Arboretum, Arborway/Route 203, Jamaica Plain (MBTA Forest Hills Orange Line station and Bus #39).

Franklin Park From A to Z
Sunday, June 25
9:00 to 11:30 am

Explore a different side of Olmsted's masterpiece! Our tour of Franklin Park considers the Ante Park (A), now largely defined by the Franklin Park Zoo. Meets outside the rear (Giraffe) entrance to the Zoo.

Program Sponsors

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is dedicated to the study and preservation of Olmsted-designed landscapes across America, a mission accomplished through a variety of interpretive, research, and education programs

Friends of Fairsted is dedicated to advancing the mission of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

Boston Nature Center, Massachusetts Audubon Society is an urban sanctuary located on the former grounds of the Boston State Hospital in Mattapan. Community programs are offered year-round.

Brookline Adult & Community Education is committed to offering lifelong educational opportunity to all and supports public education by creating and providing opportunities for innovation and flexibility in the school curriculum.

Forest Hills Educational Trust was founded to preserve enhance, interpret, and celebrate historic Forest Hills Cemetery, one of America's first and most celebrated garden cemeteries.

Franklin Park Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Franklin Park, the largest urban green space in Boston.

Jamaica Plain Branch, Boston Public Library is one of 27 branches of our nation's first publicly supported municipal library. For more than 150 years, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America.

Urban Ecology Institute promotes the stewardship of healthy urban ecosystems by improving science and civic education for middle and high school youth.

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