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      


“Love your Block” Volunteer Event Saturday May 5, 2018 Volunteers are vital to the success of our efforts. The APC hosts several clean up projects each year with great people from Love your Block, Boston Cares, The Mass. Bar Association, and Harvard and MIT Community Service Programs. Please click images below for captions and credits.   […]


Fall 2018 Dear Friends, Thanks to Charlotte Fleetwood’s hard work, the Boston Transportation Depart­ment (BTD) received a $91,200 DCR Recreational Trails Program grant and is providing a $22,800 match. The funding will pay for biddable plans, specifica­tions and estimates for the Bussey Brook Meadow Arboretum Road Green Link, a new gateway and path for people […]


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Bird Walk with Bob Mayer: May 5, 8 – 9:30 AM

Please meet at Arboretum South Street gate.

Love Your Block: Spring Clean up: May 4, 2019 10-1pm

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

New Path Project

The Arboretum Park Conservancy and WalkUP Roslindale are advocating for a new path...

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 Clean-Up 2017

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.

October 2016 Clean-up

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

Bird Walk with Bob Mayer

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

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...

Teri Rueb's Sound Walk

Visitors to the Bussey Brook Meadow can now download the free app “Other...