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

Newsletters

Newsletters

Winter Newsletter released!
Check out the 2016 Winter Newsletter today!

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Annual Meeting January 22, 2016

Annual Meeting January 22, 2016

Our Annual Meeting was held January 22, 2016 in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library. Event highlights inside including video link to the wonderful lecture by James Patchett.

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Thanks to all for another successful year! Coming soon in 2016, new landscape schedule!

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FLOS Video on RBTV

FLOS Video on RBTV

Several board members were interviewed by Sara Vacek for an RBTV informational spot on FLOS. It turned out very well. Check it out.

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our 2015 Walking Tour schedule has come to an end. Private tours are available by special request. Looking forward to seeing you in 2016!

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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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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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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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2015 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Winners

2015 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Winners

2015 Poetry Contest winners are announced!

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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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