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      


Volunteers are vital to the success of our efforts. The APC hosts several clean up projects each year with groups like “Boston Shines,” the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Neighborhood Youth Corps, and the MIT Students Community Service Program. On Saturday, September 26th, 2015, we held our annual fall campaign against trash and invasives at the […]


President’s Letter September 2015 Dear Friends, We are delighted to describe the past year as a year of “Welcomes.” We welcomed and congratulated Chris Cook, the recently appointed Commissioner of the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department. He attended our Annual Inspection of the Bussey Brook Meadow and got a first hand understanding of […]


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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.

Fall Clean-Up Scheduled

On Sunday, October 30, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, the APC will hold its Annual Fall clean up and attack on invasive plants at the Bussey Brook Meadow. Meet at the South Street gate to the Arnold Arboretum. Wear long pants. We supply gloves and pruners.

Spring Bird Walk with Bob Mayer coming in May

The APC and the Brookline Bird Club will again sponsor a spring Bird Walk led by Bob...

Watch for April Clean-up date and May Bird Walk

Spring always brings new ways to interact with the Arboretum and Bussey Brook Meadow. We...

October 2016 Clean-up

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

Bussey Brook Meadow Volunteer Clean up Day – April 19, 2015

April 19, 2015 “Representatives from Harvard, MIT, the Jamaica Hills Neighborhood...

Annual Fall Clean-up Recap

Saturday, September 26th, we held our annual fall campaign against trash and invasives at...

Bird Walk with Bob Mayer

  May 3, 2015 The Arboretum Park Conservancy and the Brookline Bird Club sponsored a...

The Ecology of an Urban Wild

Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist, summarizes current research conducted in...

Fall 2016 Letter from the President

Fall 2016

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since we last wrote to you. This year has been full of advancing the plans to increase access and open space equity in the neighborhoods adjacent to the Arboretum by extending the Blackwell Footpath and adding three attractive gates to one of the City’s greatest open spaces. A new entrance. . .