Designs by Olmsted and the Olmsted Firm heralded modern principles of ecological health, conservation, and sustainability. Today, Boston’s Back Bay Fens remains an extraordinary example of how visionary landscape design can address flooding and sanitation by reclaiming natural system— converting a fetid swamp into a natural wetlands, and linear parks and parkways show how healthy and connected green spaces serve as vital natural corridors for birds and wildlife.

Nevertheless, Olmsted landscapes aren’t immune to the effects of climate change. For example, wildfires threaten Olmsted’s California State Park System and algal blooms and tree loss plague parks around the country— requiring thoughtful response and informed action. 

On April 25, 2023, Olmsted 200 and the Olmsted Network will bring together a panel of experts to examine the challenges of climate change and the role that parks can play in producing a sustainable future. Click the link to read more about the panelists.

This event is the 13th webinar in the popular Conversations with Olmsted series. Hosted by the Olmsted Network— formerly the National Association for Olmsted Parks— for Olmsted 200, these programs examine different aspects of Olmsted’s far-reaching influence on America’s physical landscape and social fabric. 

Olmsted 200 runs through April 26, 2023. To learn more about the celebration, visit and follow us on social media. 

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