Olmsted Nature Center, Environmental Education Advocacy Stewardship Boston
 
OLMSTED NATURE CENTER
Connecting History, Arts and Science

36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030
Telephone: 617-524-7070
Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com

A collaboration between Olmsted 2022, Friends of Jamaica Pond,
Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Park Rangers,
and area environmental nonprofit organizations


Summer in the Park with Olmsted




Walks and Talks with Frederick Law Olmsted
Sunday, June 30, 2019, 1-3 PM, Free

Jamaica Pond Park Boat House
Pond Street and the Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Wheel Chair Accessible

RSVP EventBrite ticket HERE

Frederick Law Olmsted will reflect on Jamaica Pond Park as part of his master plan for citizen parks in Boston and the importance of trees for the ecology of the pond and the city.

Gerry Wright has researched, written and produced a one-man show honoring the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture. The play provides insights into Olmsted's passionate vision as he played critical roles in the dynamics of slavery as a writer, Executive Secretary of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in the Civil War, and as the landscape architect for New York City's Central Park, Boston's Emerald Necklace, the US Capitol grounds, along with multiple plans for colleges, communities and private estates.  Olmsted was a key pioneer in the movement to preserve land as national parkland, both at Yosemite and Niagara Falls. Olmsted's life story, from "vagabond," to dry goods salesman, sailor, traveler, journalist, author, publisher, executive (including a goldmine in California), to becoming the father of landscape architecture in America is both inspiring as history and reason for continued commitment in the 21st century. The Olmsted play has been presented at the Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Boston’s 375th Anniversary Parade, Brookline’s 350th Anniversary Celebration, plus numerous communities of the Commonwealth; along with performances in Volgoda, Russia; in New York City for the 150 year anniversary of the legislation for Central Park; Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Louisville, Kentucky; and in Asheville, North Carolina.

 Stephen Baird, Emerald Necklace Naturalist
Sunday, July 7, 2019, 1-3 PM, Free

Jamaica Pond Park Boat House
Pond Street and the Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Wheel Chair Accessible

RSVP EventBrite ticket HERE

There will be environmental educational materials on Butterflies, Birds and Pond Aquatic Life with fun hands on projects for participants to explore.


Information:
Telephone: 617-524-7070 Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com

Olmsted Nature Center Partnerships:
Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Park Rangers

Sponsors:
Olmsted 2022, Olmsted Nature Center, Friends of Jamaica Pond, Friends of Olmsted Park, Arborway Coalition, & A.R.T. Institute




Jamaica Pond Park $4.7 million dollar renovations in the spring of 2019
Detailed report PDF click image to view and download









Boston Spring Bird Walks 2019


Saturday, April 27, 8:00 –9:30 AM.
Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
A 90-minute walk suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. See the arboretum website http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu for directions or to download a checklist of birds. Meeting Location: Main Gate off the Arborway, park along Arborway.  Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 522-0157
rgmayer38@gmail.com

Sunday April 28, 8:00 – 9:30 AM.
Brookline Green Space Alliance
Olmsted Park Bird Walk - Leverett Pond to Ward’s Pond and return 90 minutes. Meeting place: parking lot on 33 Pond Ave. in front of Brook House. Information: info@brooklinegreenspace.org Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 522-0157 rgmayer@gmail.com

 
Saturday, May 4, 8:00 – 9:30 AM.
Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
A 90-minute walk suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. See the arboretum website http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu for directions or to download a checklist of birds. Meeting Location: Peters Hill gate on Bussey Street.  Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 522-0157 rgmayer38@gmail.com

Saturday, May 4, 7:00 – 9:00 AM
Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126
All (suitable for children 4 - 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Join us to observe resident birds and migrants at a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. Local bird enthusiasts will help us find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy these guided walks. Binoculars and guidebooks will be provided, if needed. Suggested donation is $3 per person. Registration is required. Register online or call 617-983-8500. Information: bnc@massaudubon.org

Sunday, May 5, 7:30 AM
Please join us for FCA’s annual "Birds of the Back Bay Fens"
Guided Bird Walk with
Stephen Baird, Emerald Necklace Naturalist, Friends of Jamaica Pond
Location: Back Bay Fens park in Boston's West Fenway neighborhood. Meet at the Japanese Bell outside the Kelleher Rose Garden (by the footbridge across from the Museum of Fine Arts). Thrill to the sight and sound of the array of birds that inhabit the Back Bay Fens each spring.  All levels welcome.  Bring binoculars. http://www.fenwaycivic.org

Sunday, May 5, 8:00 – 9:30 AM.
Bussey Brook Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
The Arboretum Park Conservancy and the BBC are sponsoring this 90-minute walk in the Bussey Brook area of the Arboretum. The walk is suitable for beginning birders as well as those more experienced. Meeting Location: South Street gate to the Arboretum, on South Street, where there is limited parking. Also accessible from Forest Hills T Station path from Washington Street. Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 522-0157 rgmayer38@gmail.com

Thursday, May 9, 7:00 -9:00 AM
Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126
All (suitable for children 4 - 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Join us to observe resident birds and migrants at a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. Local bird enthusiasts will help us find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy these guided walks. Binoculars and guidebooks will be provided, if needed. Suggested donation is $3 per person. Registration is required. Register online or call 617-983-8500. Information: bnc@massaudubon.org
 
Wednesday, May 15th, 7:00 AM, Free
Franklin Park, Boston, MA 02130
Meet at the Shattuck Picnic Area and Franklin Park Tennis Courts by the Shattuck Hospital.  Ninety minute walk through Scarboro Hill Woods
and around Scarboro Pond.  Bring Yourself, A Friend, Binoculars and Cameras!
Explore and be inspired by the Natural World of Franklin Park on the Spring Bird Walk with: Eduardo del Solar, Nature Photographer. Eduardo del Solar, a highly respected Nature Photographer, will host this year’s Franklin Park Spring Bird Walk. A retired Boston Public School teacher and native of Lima Peru, Eduardo has immersed himself in the world of nature photography since 2005.  He has done nature photography projects for the Audubon Boston Nature Center (2005-06), Plymouth Long Beach environmental agency Goldenrod (2011-13) and the Birds of the Americas (2007-on).  The nature photographic documentation projects have taken him to Peru, Costa Rica, Galápagos, Canada, Iceland, the United States Southwest and New England. “I find myself quite ready to go out at, or before, sunrise.  These are times when the light seems to be so sweet and the natural world is so transformed." Web site: http://delsolar.org Information: www.FranklinParkCoalition.org + www.FriendsOfJamaicaPond.org

Saturday, May 18, 8:00 – 9:30 AM
Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
A 90-minute walk suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. See the arboretum website http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu for directions or to download a checklist of birds. Meeting Location: Main Gate off the Arborway, park along Arborway.  Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 522-0157 rgmayer38@gmail.com




  Protect Jamaica Pond's Watershed from Development

We respectfully request the conservation and preservation of Jamaica Pond’s watershed by protecting Hellenic Hill woodlands from development.
  • Jamaica Pond has been an important source of water for wildlife and people.
  • Native Americans and people through the ages have enjoyed the beauty of the waters and hill.
  • Jamaica Pond was the water reservoir for Boston up to the 1850s, and it is still an emergency water source.
  • Jamaica Pond Park is used daily by thousands of people to revitalize their physical, mental and spiritual health.
  • The Jamaica Pond Project have provided education programs and environmental stewardship for over five decades.
We petition Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts General Court, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston City Council, and Citizens to:
  • Conserve and Preserve Jamaica Pond’s watershed by protecting Hellenic Hill woodlands from development.
  • Ensure the Integrity of the Emerald Necklace parks envisioned by Frederick Law Olmsted as a sanctuary for all the citizens.


Media Stories and Background

A large 12.5 acres of undeveloped woodlands on Hellenic Hill which overlooks Jamaica Pond was put on sale in January 2011.  The big money pressures will be immense to maximize the development of these lands.

Jamaica Plain Gazette
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/
JP Observer: Pond view in danger until the public owns it. March 29, 2013 By Sandra Storey
http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2013/03/29/jp-observer-pond-view-in-danger-until-the-public-owns-it/
Real estate today: Hellenic Hill preservation efforts continue. March 29, 2013 By Rebeca Oliveira
http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2013/03/29/real-estate-today-hellenic-hill-preservation-efforts-continue/
Hellenic Hill preservation talks begin by David Taber May 13, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4825
Preserving Hellenic Hill letter by Michael Frank, Chairman Jamaica Pond Association
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4728
Major developer bids on Hellenic Hill by John Ruch March 4, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4641
Hill preservation possible by David Taber February 18, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4611
Arroyo vows Hellenic Hill land will be preserved by David Taber February 4, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4589
Hellenic Hill land hits market by David Taber January 21, 2011
 http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4567

Jamaica Plain Patch
Perceived Threat to Jamaica Pond Prompts Outpouring
In a public forum to discuss Hellenic College's controversial decision to sell its pond-side land, there was an outcry for public purchase and preservation of the 12.5 acre green space.
By James LaFond-Lewis
http://jamaicaplain.patch.com/articles/perceived-threat-to-jamaica-pond-prompts-outpouring

Boston Globe Boston.com
Jamaica Plain group asks Orthodox archbishop to save land overlooking Jamaica Pond
By Joseph Leahy, Globe Correspondent
http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/jamaica_plain/2011/02/jamaica_plain_group_asks_ortho.html

Boston Bulletin
Residents rally to save Jamaica Pond by Patrick Rosso May 12, 2011
http://www.bulletinnewspapers.com/


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