Events

    2021 Sep 01

    The Arboretum Experience

    Wed Sep 1 (All day) to Thu Sep 30 (All day)

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    Arnold Arboretum (125 Arborway, Boston) & American Repertory Theater

    Visitors are invited to experience the natural beauty of the Arnold Arboretum on an outdoor, self-guided journey that centers resilience, healing, wellness, and joy. This collaboration between the American Repertory Theater and the Arboretum features multi-genre audio plays for various ages, interactive movement maps, and pop-up performances, all set against the 281-acre backdrop of one of the jewels of Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

    The Arboretum is open daily, sunrise to sunset. Visitors entering via the Arborway, Bussey Street, Forest Hills, Centre Street, Walter Street, Peters...

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    2021 Aug 07

    Arnold Arboretum: Guided Tour

    10:30am to 12:00pm

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Join us for a free, 90-minute walk through the Arboretum! Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent. The walk is geared toward adults, and starts from the kiosk in front of the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway.

    This tour is limited to 15 participants.

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    2021 Aug 07

    Arnold Arboretum: Guided Tour

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Join us for a free, 90-minute walk through the Arboretum! Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent. The walk is geared toward adults, and starts from the kiosk in front of the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway.

    This tour is limited to 15 participants.

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    2021 Mar 03

    2021 Arnold Arboretum Tournament of Trees

    Wed Mar 3 (All day) to Tue Mar 30 (All day)

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    Arnold Arboretum—Online

    Participate in the Arnold Arboretum’s 2021 Tournament of Trees! Get to know this year’s Sweet Sixteen contenders (March 3–9) and cast your votes in this fun bracket style tournament. Let the March Tree Madness games begin.

    The tournament schedule is:

    • Sweet Sixteen Round: March 3-9
    • Elite Eight Round: March 10-16
    • Final Four Round: March 17-23
    • Championship Round: March 24-30
    • Winner Announcement: April 1

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    2021 Mar 01

    Everyday Nature Tasks: Simple Activities For Outdoor Fun and Learning

    Mon Mar 1 (All day) to Wed Mar 31 (All day)

    Location: 

    Arnold Arboretum—Online

    Shed the winter blues and head outdoors for a new season of exploration and nature noticing. EverydayNature Tasks, a calendar with daily activities to try outdoors, resumes its offerings on March 1. Do something natural every day! Free and open to all.

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    2021 Mar 01

    Over Time: Through Art, the Impact of Change in the Arboretum Landscape

    Mon Mar 1 (All day) to Fri Apr 30 (All day)

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    Arnold Arboretum—Online

     

    Five decades of weekly walks in the Arnold Arboretum find expression in Ginny Zanger’s art. “Ambling” gives her time to sketch and paint. Using the unique possibilities of her favorite medium—watercolor—and printmaking, Zanger explores, with articulate interpretations, the Arboretum’s rich botanical display. In this online show, most of her work is on Yupo, a silky, polypropylene paper that enhances the flow of the watercolor.

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    2020 Jun 25

    Wonder Spots at the Arnold Arboretum

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    Location: 

    The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Discover, Wonder, Have Fun!

    Wonder Spots give Arboretum families an opportunity to explore the landscape through weekly investigations about the natural world. Learn about plants and animals in locations throughout the Arboretum, getting to know our grounds while discovering and observing living things in new ways. Each week, the featured Wonder Spot will be identified by a sign in the landscape. You can also find a Wonder Spot by using the map provided ...

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    2020 Feb 16

    Family Hike: Play in the Snow

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Families need nature all year round! Meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center. We will find a place to play together, making snow angels, snow humans, and more! Afterwards, families are invited to come inside the Lecture Hall to warm up with cookies and cocoa. Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten.

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    2019 Dec 15

    Family Hike: Short Days, Long Nights

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Families need nature at all times of the year! Meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center. We’ll make paper chickadees and go on a StoryWalk to learn how a little bird can bring back the Sun! Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten.

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    2019 Dec 07

    The Bare Essentials: Winter Trees

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Winter is the barest of times in the Arboretum; however, there is much to see and much happening in the landscape. Join a docent for a walk on the bare side—notice shapes, textures, even the personalities of plants that are often missed when the land is heavy with green. You will see buds already forming and the dried seeds that are more visible when leaves are gone.

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    2019 Nov 17

    Family Hike: Get Ready For Winter!

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Families need nature at all times of the year! Meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center. We’ll learn how Arboretum animals get ready for winter. Go on a StoryWalk, get a tattoo, and make a winter home for your favorite animal!

    Free and open to all, this event is most suitable for children ages four through ten.

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    2019 Oct 20

    Family Hike: Observing Squirrels!

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Families need nature at all times of the year! Meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center. We’ll sneak about and see what our furry friends are doing as winter draws closer. Get a tattoo, play with puppets, and read a StoryWalk®.

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    Note: This event is most suitable for children ages four through ten...

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    2019 Sep 29

    Collections Up Close: Fruits of the Bradley Rosaceous Collection

    1:00pm to 3:00pm

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    Bradley Rosaceous Collection, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Join the Arnold Arboretum for tours, family activities, and festivities inviting you to discover the diversity of the rose family (Rosaceae) which includes more than four thousand species. Many of the rose family taxa are of great importance to humans and the agricultural economy, and are vulnerable to extreme weather that is becoming the new norm. Come learn more about the many fruits of the rose family, a welcome buffet for our local wildlife.

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    2019 Sep 15

    Family Hike: Seeds, Seeds, Seeds!

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Families need nature at all times of the year! Join the Arboretum for a family hike where you will look for seeds that fly, seeds that float, seeds that get buried away, and seeds that travel through an animal’s stomach.

    This event is free and open to all and most suitable for children ages four through ten.

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    2019 Aug 22

    The Caterpillar Lab Visits the Arnold Arboretum

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    The Caterpillar Lab, from Keene, New Hampshire, comes to the Arnold Arboretum for 5 days of astonishing exhibits. Explore the amazing world of caterpillars on a whole new level. There will be live caterpillars, cocoons, hatched eggs, shed skins, and much more. Visitors of all ages will be amazed!

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    2019 Aug 18

    Family Hike: The Forest is Calling

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Families need nature at all times of the year! After meeting inside the main gate at the Visitor Center, you'll visit a nearby forest inside the Arboretum and learn what plants and animals live there. Visitors will get a chance to play with forest puppets, get a tattoo, and read a StoryWalk ®.

    Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten.

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    2019 Jul 28

    Catch Some Rays!—Solar Energy

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

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    Hunnewell Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    This is part of the new Science in Our Park Series. Come to the Arnold Arboretum and be a scientist! Get your hands onto scientific tools, use your observation skills, and share your findings with others.

    Catch Some Rays! will let you harness the power of the sun. Help to create solar ovens, test the ability of various garden bed coverings to keep roots cool, and plant a sunflower seed that will follow the sun.

    Please note: One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five and up.

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    2019 Jul 28

    Art Workshop: Cyanotype Printing for Families

    10:00am to 12:00pm

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Sarah Cross, the Arnold Arboretum's exhibiting artist of Between the Leaves, will hold a cyanotype printing workshop for families. Join Sarah to make beautiful blue prints of leaves and blooms found at the Arboretum, while you learn about this alternative printing technique. After making your own unique cyanotype photogram, you will be able to take it home. All materials will be provided.

    Please note: This free drop-in activity is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

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    2019 Jul 19

    Free Fun Friday at the Arnold Arboretum

    10:00am to 3:00pm

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    As part of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays! program, enjoy free activities at the Arnold Arboretum like:

    • Arborist Station: Meet an Arboretum arborist and see them in action. Try on arborist protective gear and get up close and personal with the special tools used by arborists.
    • Watercolor Station:  Become inspired by the beauty of the Arboretum and use...
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