The Arboretum Park Conservancy is a citizen voice for the Arnold Arboretum as a public park. It is independent of both Harvard and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.The APC’s goals are to promote public access to the Arboretum and to increase the variety of visitor experiences.

Bussey Brook Meadow

The central achievement of the Arboretum Park Conservancy is the incorporation of the Bussey Brook Meadow, a long under-appreciated segment of open space, into the Arnold Arboretum Indenture. This beautiful urban wild is home to many native species of plants, mammals and birds. Through the meadow the APC built the handicapped accessible Blackwell Path, which enables […]

Signs of Bussey Brook Meadow

Throughout the meadow the APC has placed beautiful information signs created by APC Board member Anne Schmalz. In March 2007, Anne’s illustrations were exhibited at Boston City Hall. Signs included are Welcome to Bussey Brook Meadow, Signs of Winter Wildlife, Dragonflies, Embankment Planting Project, The Grey Squirrel, How Do Birds Fly, Migration, Wild Turkey, Winter […]

Botanical Survey 2005

Feel free to use this document, but when you do so, please credit: The New England Wildflower Society Joy VanDervort-Sneed, Atkinson Conservation Fellow and Ailene Kane, Plant Conservation Volunteer Coordinator Prepared for the Arboretum Park Conservancy Funded by the Arnold Arboretum Committee      


2021 September 27 Bussey Meadow Clean up Resumes Covid prevented our fall clean up in 2020, but this year we had a good gathering for our annual attack on invasives. Paul Sutton led an enthusiastic group of volunteers from Boston Cares and MIT as well as our own Board, who brought friends and relatives. Their […]


Fall 2021 Dear Friends, Although things are not fully back to normal, the Arboretum Park Conservancy continues to pursue our goals. We are glad to tell you that the plan for the Blackwell Path Extension to Arboretum Road has been approved by the MBTA, the Boston Public Works Department and the Parks and Recreation Department. […]


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Annual Birdwalk postponed until Fall

Please check back. We will post the dates and times for these events as soon as...

Bird Walk with Bob Mayer

Dates of May 2022 Birdwalk and Spring Clean-up will be posted soon

Fall Clean Up – October 2019

2019 October 5 Bussey Meadow Clean up Again this fall we had a great group of Volunteers...

Love Your Block, May 2019

Please meet at Arboretum South Street gate at 10 AM. For more information call Virgina...

“Love your Block” Volunteer Event Saturday May 5, 2018

Meet at the South Street gate of the Arnold Arboretum at 10 am. All ages welcome. Wear...

New Path Project (Updated)

New Path Project update November 2019 The Arboretum Park Conservancy is thrilled with...

Goats Come to Bussey Brook Meadow

We have partnered with the Arboretum on hiring eight goats to clear the invasive poison ivy and bittersweet along the potential route.

Spring Bird Walk, May 6th

The Arboretum Park Conservancy and the Brookline Bird Club  invite you to a 90 minute...

Spring Clean Up May 2022

The Spring Clean-up of May 15 will be limited to those contacted and signed up by May 1. Hope to see other enthusiasts this fall!

October 2016 Clean-up

Sunday, October 30, the APC Board was joined by Paul Sutton, the Parks...