Welcome to The Frederick Law Olmsted Society

In 1868, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner, Calvert Vaux, were commissioned to plan a unique community just west of Chicago, Illinois. The result was Riverside, a beautiful community along the Des Plaines River, complete with curving lanes, abundant greenery, and gas street lights. One hundred years later, the Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside was formed.

 

In 1970, Riverside was named a National Historic Landscape District.

 

Latest News

Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Our first workday is coming up on Saturday, March 28th at Blythe Park!

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Lecture:  Undamming the Des Plaines

Lecture: Undamming the Des Plaines

Steve Pescitelli, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Stream Specialist,shared the latest river monitoring results in order to show the contrast between the “before” and “after” of dam removal. If you missed the lecture, a copy of the presentation is available for review.

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Crude by Rail – the Story Behind the Fiery Derailments

Crude by Rail – the Story Behind the Fiery Derailments

Since 2012, Mayor Darch of Barrington has been alerting other local elected leaders to the inherent dangers of crude oil tank cars. Join us at her presentation at the Riverside Public Library on Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm.

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Membership

Membership

It is time to renew your membership for 2015! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.

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Prescribed Burn Training

Prescribed Burn Training

The Olmsted Society & the Village of Riverside are coordinating efforts to conduct prescribed burns in our natural areas. We currently have 18 Village of Riverside staff members and local volunteers trained to help w/ prescribed burns.

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Newsletters

Newsletters

Winter Newsletter released!
Check out the 2014 Winter Newsletter today and renew your membership today!

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Annual Meeting  January 16, 2015

Annual Meeting January 16, 2015

Thanks to all who joined us for our 2015 Annual Meeting!

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our Walking Tour season has come to an end for 2014. Special Tours are available by arrangement. Check back in 2015 for the new schedule.

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Reflections on Riverside

Reflections on Riverside

2014 Poetry and Imagery Contests winners to be announced at year end ceremonies at participating schools.

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Housewalk 2014:  SUSTAINABILITY:  THEN & NOW

Housewalk 2014: SUSTAINABILITY: THEN & NOW

Thank you to all who participated in Housewalk 2014: Sustainability: Then & Now!

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Landscape Resources

Landscape Resources

Multiple Riverside landscape resources are available through our site. Please feel free to explore. Recently added are landscape plans from Olmsted member John Kunka.

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Invasion of the Land Snatchers

Invasion of the Land Snatchers

Ben Cox, Friends of the Forest Preserves President, discusses invasive species at the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine, IL

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50/50 Tree Planting Program

50/50 Tree Planting Program

Olmsted Society Members
Save 75% on 50/50 Tree Planting Program

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