Guided Bicycle Tour


    Arborway Gate, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Come on a bicycle ride with Arboretum Horticulturist Brendan Keegan to learn how much of the Arboretum you can see by bike as we head into fall. You will make many stops along the way to admire the fall foliage and learn about plants in the collection. This ride involves several climbs (and descents) of our two large hills, Bussey and Peters. All types of bikes are welcome. Helmets are required.

    This tour is limited to 15 participants. The tour is all on paved roads but involves ascending and descending hills. The group rides together and takes frequent stops, breaks, and...

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    Director’s Series | Life: The Arnold Arboretum as an Institution of Public Health


    Arnold Arboretum—Online

    The Arnold Arboretum's sesquicentennial Director's Series traces the Arnold’s significance in the landscape architecture movement, value for the people of Boston, and leadership in creating global connections between plants and people.

    Panelists include:

    • Dr. Michelle Kondo, Research Social Scientist, UDSA-Forest Service

    • Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, City of Boston

    • Laurence Cotton, Consulting Producer, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing...

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    Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea


    Online or at Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre St., Boston

    Just in time for the Arboretum's sesquicentennial and the bicentennial of the birth of pioneering landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, authors Rolf Diamant and Ethan Carr will speak on their recent book, "Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea." They'll offer a new interpretation of how the American park—urban and national—came to figure so prominently in our cultural identity, and why this more complex and inclusive story deserves to be told.


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    Witch-Hazel Walk


    Arnold Arboretum (Hunnewell Building), 125 Arborway, Boston

    Join a docent tour through the Arboretum looking for the vibrant colors of the witch-hazel flowers. Learn about plants native to China and Japan, those from the Ozarks and Mississippi, and even one that was introduced right here at the Arnold Arboretum!

    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. We ask that you only register if you are sure you will attend, and only register one person per form submission. Masks are required if you are unvaccinated.


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    The Arboretum Experience


    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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    Forest Bathing with Toadstool Walks


    Bussey Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

    Join Tam Willey of Toadstool Walks as you slow down and awaken your senses on a guided therapeutic experience in the Arnold Arboretum. Forest bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, a restorative sensory exploration that supports health and healing for all beings. Each walk is limited to 8 participants. Meet at the Bussey Street Gate. Participants must follow COVID guidelines including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, as well as sign a liability and release form.

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    Guided Tree Meditation


    Outside at the Arnold Arboretum

    This guided tree meditation offers an opportunity to connect and ground the self with the environment around.

    Surrounded by the beauty and life of the Arnold Arboretum, this meditation will be benefitted by the ancient awareness and alchemy of trees and the subtle healing capacities of nature. Join us if you’re ready to root yourself into the energy of spring! 

    Attendance is limited to 10 people so please only register if you can attend. 

    This event will be held outside at the Arnold Arboretum, socially distanced with masks required. ...

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    2020 Jul 08

    Wonder Spots at the Arnold Arboretum

    Repeats every day until Thu Aug 27 2020 .
    (All day)


    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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    Winter Wellness Walk


    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Great scenery and exercise, who could want more? Take a brisk walk this winter and stay healthy and connected to the Arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. This walk emphasizes fitness, with a healthy dose of information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained Arboretum docents.

    After your tour, stay on for a warm drink and more conversation with your guide and staff in the Visitor Center.


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    Fall Into Health


    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit the Arboretum. Explore the less-traveled paths of the Arboretum on informative walks designed for enjoyment, health, and learning about this special landscape. Pause to hear about interesting plants and unique collections. Please dress appropriately and bring water.

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    Family Hike: Observing Squirrels!


    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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    Active Aging Week: Stroll Through Time


    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    This "Stroll" takes you for a simple and easy route through the Arboretum's collections. At pre-determined stops, pause and hear about some of very special plants with one of our wonderful docents. They will impart interesting stories about historic, horticultural, and cultural aspects of the plant's life. Maps with the Plant Stops will be provided. You can "stroll" at your own pace.


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    Active Aging Week: Try Tai Chi


    Hunnewell Building Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Note: The October 5 class will take place from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. 

    Join Harvard’s Master Yon Lee and learn about the practice of tai chi, an ancient Chinese tradition, often described as meditation in motion. Tai chi has the potential to prevent and remedy many health conditions that are associated with aging. Move through a series of gentle, fluid movements with Master Yon Lee during an hour-long session outdoors in the peaceful surroundings of the Arnold Arboretum. Beginners welcome.


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    Fall Forest Bathing


    Bussey St. Gate, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    This slow-paced guided therapeutic experience promotes wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings. By deepening our connection with the natural world and each other, we open ourselves up to the healing medicine of the forest. Forest Bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.

    Cost: $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers


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    Morning Yoga at the Arboretum


    Hunnewell Building Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum.

    This event is cosponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and the National Park Service Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

    In the case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall)....

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