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.
Our first workday is coming up on Saturday, March 28th at Blythe Park![Read more…]
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.[Read more…]
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.[Read more…]
It is time to renew your membership for 2015! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.[Read more…]
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.[Read more…]
Winter Newsletter released!
Check out the 2014 Winter Newsletter today and renew your membership today!
Thanks to all who joined us for our 2015 Annual Meeting![Read more…]
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.[Read more…]
2014 Poetry and Imagery Contests winners to be announced at year end ceremonies at participating schools.[Read more…]
Thank you to all who participated in Housewalk 2014: Sustainability: Then & Now![Read more…]
Multiple Riverside landscape resources are available through our site. Please feel free to explore. Recently added are landscape plans from Olmsted member John Kunka.[Read more…]
Ben Cox, Friends of the Forest Preserves President, discusses invasive species at the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine, IL[Read more…]
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