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. The land, known as the Bussey Brook Meadow, is a beautiful urban wild […]

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. Volunteers pick up trash and attack invasives that obscure views into the property and endanger trees along […]


Presidents Letter September 2012 This year, our collaboration with Ned Friedman, the director of the Arnold Arboretum, his staff and faculty has continued to be very rewarding. Together we worked to increase appreciation of the Meadow, both as a peaceful spot for the enjoyment of nature and as a site for scientific study. Some areas […]


Recent Photos

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Note cards by Anne Schmalz featuring illustrations of plants, birds and animals of Bussey...

MIT Volunteers

Again this fall a group of MIT students helped free trees from invasives along the...

Bird Walk May 18, 2014

photograph of Northern Parula Warbler by Bob Mayer The Arboretum Park Conservancy and the...

Boston Shines Volunteer Event::  MAY 17, 2014

Come at 10 am to the South Street Gate. Bring gloves and wear long trousers! We will pick...

Eugenie Beal, 1911-2013.

Eugenie Beal, 92; ‘mother of green space’ in Boston By Bryan Marquard Globe Staff...

John Blackwell honored at Emerald Necklace Conservancy 15th Anniversary

May 14, 2013, Eugenie Beal accepted the Olmsted Award of Excellence presented...

Boston Shines Volunteer Event April 27, 2013!

The Arboretum Park Conservancy participated in BOSTON SHINES on Saturday April 27, 2013...

Calling all Birders!

Robert Mayer, Arboretum docent, led a fascinating  bird walk at Bussey Brook Meadow on...

The Puddingstone Wall Project

The Arboretum Park Conservancy works with the Arnold Arboretum and the Boston Parks...

MIT Students Attack Invasives Along the Blackwell Path

October 9, 2012, seven enthusiastic MIT students wielded loppers, pruners and weed...