The Good Neighbors Program is the award-winning education program created by the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in conjunction with the National Association for Olmsted Parks. Rangers facilitate students’ understanding of urban design and community building. It is a hands-on, whole-child curricular unit provided to third-graders in the greater Boston area. The program can be adapted to local circumstances. For more information, contact Brianne Cassetta, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lindsey Milstein, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, email@example.com
These tools and templates are designed to engage students — young and old — and their teachers in Olmsted’s life and living legacy. We’re pleased to offer fun resources for younger students, such as crafts and coloring; teaching topics and classroom activities for every student level; online resources; and student Essay Competitions, which invite original research – and offer prizes — at the secondary and college level.
Olmsted 200 Resources
Color FLO! Coloring SheetDownload
Chicago artist David Csizcko is responsible for the charming FLO head that is used on the Olmsted 200 website and available on Olmsted 200 merchandise. Print out this black and white drawing of Frederick Law Olmsted and color it with your imagination. Then share your masterpiece with us on social media and tag it #COLORFLO and/or #CelebrateOlmsted. Download this printable FLO coloring sheet for students K-4 and the young at heart.
FLO Halloween MaskDownload
Print this photographic portrait of FLO on cardstock, trim around the image and glue a tongue depressor or a popsicle stick on the back to create your own mask for Halloween or use as a sign to wave during Olmsted’s bicentennial birthday celebration on April 26, 2022. Be sure to take a picture and share it on social media using the #CelebrateOlmsted hashtag.
Student Essay CompetitionsDownload
Olmsted tackled issues of equity, access, land use, urbanization and social justice in the 19th century and his vision and values are more important than ever. The National Association for Olmsted Parks and Olmsted 200 are sponsoring two essay competitions to encourage independent scholarship. Papers entered into this competition must answer the question: How should the life, legacy and values of Frederick Law Olmsted inform 21st century challenges? Three cash prizes are available for winners in each division.
Submission deadline: January 15, 2022.
Download contest details for secondary school (grades 9- 12), undergraduate and graduate student essay competitions.
Engaging Secondary School StudentsDownload
Educators can use these creative ideas to engage secondary school students in learning about the life and legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted through the Olmsted 200 campaign. We offer several ideas for grades 9-12.
Engaging College and Graduate StudentsDownload
Colleges and universities can use these creative ideas to engage students in learning about the life and legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted through the Olmsted 200 campaign. We offer ideas to engage college students.
Curriculum & Learning Activities for Younger StudentsDownload
The life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted lend themselves to the classroom in a host of ways, whether through history, art, science or some combination thereof. Here are some jumping-off points for integrating Frederick Law Olmsted into your PK-5 classroom.
Curriculum & Learning Activities for Older StudentsDownload
The life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted lend themselves to the classroom in a host of ways, whether through history, art, science or some combination thereof. Here are some jumping-off points for integrating Frederick Law Olmsted into your middle or high school classroom.
Resources for TeachersDownload
Download is a collection of resources (books, lesson plans and videos) that can be incorporated into your classroom teaching about Frederick Law Olmsted. Watch the Olmsted 200 blog, Shared Spaces, for new resources to be unveiled throughout the celebration.