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

The Great Garlic Mustard Pull

The Great Garlic Mustard Pull

A big thank you to all that helped at the Scout Cabin on Saturday, May 9, 2015 and made the Great Garlic Mustard Pull a success!

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Riverside Arts Weekend:  May 16-17

Riverside Arts Weekend: May 16-17

Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW) returns to Guthrie Park May 16th and 17th!

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Special Walking Tour:  RAW/Wright Weekend, May 17th

Special Walking Tour: RAW/Wright Weekend, May 17th

Special Event Historic Walking Tour available on Sunday, May 17 at 11am.

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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 Township Hall on Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm.

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Swan Pond Workday:  April 25th

Swan Pond Workday: April 25th

Hearty volunteers worked to clear invasives and plant an oak in Swan Pond as part of RBHS’s Day of Service.

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Our next workday is coming up on Saturday, May 30th in Patriot’s Park. Please join us!

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our Walking Tour season is just around the corner! 2015 dates are now on calendar. Special Tours are available by arrangement. Pre-order tickets available on-line.

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Newsletters

Newsletters

Spring Newsletter released!
Check out the 2015 Spring Newsletter today!

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Reflections on Riverside

Reflections on Riverside

2015 Reflections on Riverside competition is now closed! Awards will be distributed at each school’s end of year awards ceremonies.

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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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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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Swan Pond Workday – April 11, 2015

Swan Pond Workday – April 11, 2015

On Saturday, April 11th we hosted our first Workday of 2015!

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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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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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