Planting the Seed for Our National Parks

by Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
August 5, 2015

Olmsted Event August 9

Planting the Seed for Our National Parks

Planting the Seed for Our National Parks

The 150th Anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Yosemite Report

Sunday, August 9, 10:00–11:00am
Outdoors, by a giant sequoia

Follow signs to the Conifer Collection, opposite Peters Hill of the Arnold Arboretum

Honoring the 150th anniversary of Olmsted’s Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove: A Preliminary Report, 1865 and its vision for national parks

Known to many for creating public parks in cities, Frederick Law Olmsted was also an important advocate for scenic preservation across America. In his 1865 report, Olmsted articulated – some say for the first time by anyone – the role of government in protecting and making accessible our nation’s scenic landscapes for the enjoyment of all people in a democracy. Join us in the landscape by a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) as we read aloud portions of the report with Olmsted’s eloquent and prescient prose on the actual anniversary of its first public reading by its author.


Special guest reader: Dayton Duncan, Emmy Award-winning producer/writer of PBS’s The National Parks: America’s Best Idea Performers: Maliotis Chamber Players, flute ensemble


Parking: Park on Bussey Street. Enter the Arboretum through the Bussey Street or Walter Street Gates. Follow signs for Conifer Path to the giant sequoia.

Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit the T station on the upper level. Cross Washington Street and enter the Arboretum through the Washington Street Gate. Follow Blackwell Foot Path to South Street. Cross South Street to re-enter the Arboretum. Turn left at the intersection on Hemlock Hill Road. Follow signs to the event.

Note: bring a low chair or cushion to sit upon. Wear comfortable walking shoes as Conifer Path traverses a steep incline.

For general information:, 617-566-1689
For directions and parking information:, 617-384-5209

Co-sponsored by Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy
This program is made possible in part by generous support from the Friends of Fairsted.

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