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 […]


Winter 2023 Dear Friends, In 2015, the Arboretum Park Conservancy paid the Horsley Witten Group to develop a detailed concept plan and a cost estimate for extending the Blackwell Path to a new entrance at the end of Arboretum Road. The Arnold Arboretum and the Boston Transportation Department embraced this plan and secured additional funding […]


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

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Spring Clean Up May 2022

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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...