*For high school students living or attending school in Allston-Brighton or Cambridge!*
The personal statement essay can be one of the most stressful elements of the college application—but it doesn’t need to be! The personal statement is your opportunity to share parts of yourself with college admissions teams that they can’t see through test scores and your resume alone. This workshop series will provide tips for crafting a compelling essay, effectively telling your story, and proving to admissions teams that you would be a great student at their...
Have you ever thought about the way you eat, or even how you chew? Now, imagine that you are a huge bullfrog, a sea star, or even a scorpion. How would you eat? As March is Nutrition Month in the U.S., it’s the perfect time to meet some of our live animals and explore our creatures’ diets and eating habits. Join human museum staffers Javier and Ryan in this 45-minute program for families and get a close look at some weird eaters.
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.
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.
A plant that generates heat and attracts pollinators with its stink? Learn more about skunk cabbage in the Arnold Arboretum’s newest winter Wonder Spot, at the Arboretum meadow’s edge or online. Free and open to all.
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.
Break out of the winter doldrums and welcome Harvard science into your home with the all-virtual I Heart Science festival lasting from Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15. This day’s “Faraway Worlds” theme looks at exploration of places hard to get to such as space, deep oceans, and the distant past.
During the live webinar, starting at 1:00 pm ET, meet Harvard researchers studying how we study the sun and what we hope to learn from missions to Mars.
At home, try your hand at investigating light, explore what we know about coelacanths and hear the story...
Break out of the winter doldrums and welcome Harvard science into your home with the all-virtual I Heart Science festival lasting from Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15. This day’s “Love the Earth” theme looks at how we are taking care of our planet and the geology that makes it all possible.
During the live webinar, starting at 1:00 pm ET, meet Harvard researchers studying how we can design batteries large enough to power a building and investigate what it takes to save endangered species.
At home, try your hand at growing crystals, modeling volcanos, and...
Break out of the winter doldrums and welcome Harvard science into your home with the all-virtual I Heart Science festival lasting from Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15. This day’s “Tiny Creatures” theme looks at bacteria, viruses, and other microbial creatures.
During the live webinar, starting at 1:00 pm ET, meet live tardigrades, also known as water bears. Watch recorded videos featuring Harvard scientists who study bacterial resistance, ways to test for viruses, and how bacteria grow.
At home, try your hand at making a water-drop microscope, comparing...
Break out of the winter doldrums and welcome Harvard science into your home with the all-virtual I heart Science festival lasting from Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15. Today’s “Incredible Evolution” theme looks at ways that animals have adapted to their environments.
During the live webinar, starting at 1pm ET, meet Harvard researchers studying how brains evolve and how stress can enhance performance.
At home, watch recorded videos by Harvard scientists studying mice behavior or try your hand at comparing bone structures, collecting...
Artist and Harvard University alumna, Ginny Zanger, continued her decades-long weekly visits to the Arnold Arboretum throughout this past year. Here, she found a new and needed “sanctuary.” As she observed and recorded nature’s beauty, quiet, sublime images resulted, echoing the respite and spirit she found.
Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences—Online
Join us for a virtual celebration of materials, and their importance in our lives. Professor Howard Stone and team will investigate the wonders of common materials, and delve into the science of some materials that make our holidays special. Get ready to learn some interesting science about materials you use every day; we will then go into the lab and check out some not-so-everyday materials.
This 1-hour presentation is designed for children ages 7 and up and their families, but all are welcome to join and learn something new! Visit our website for registration and some...
Every year the Houghton Library throws a birthday party for Emily Dickinson, featuring her famous 20lb black cake, the autograph recipe of which can be found in the collection. Sadly, we cannot gather in person this year to party and eat cake, so this fall we encouraged intrepid bakers and Dickinson fans from around the world to join us, together at home, in baking her black cake. Our collective efforts will culminate in a live Zoom birthday party on December 10. (You don’t have to bake the cake to attend, but you still have time to try it if you want!)
Creature Features, a new online series from the Harvard Art Museums, offers a chance for families with children ages 6 and up to explore magical creatures across the collections through close looking and curious exploration with museum staff.
Join Egyptologist Jen Thum for an interactive, family-friendly look at animals in ancient Egyptian art and life! Participants are encouraged to download and color along with our free activity book, Coloring Ancient Egypt...
Virtual experiences connect the collections of the four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. In HMSC Connects! Celebrating Women, go behind the scenes with women in academia while listening to the HMSC Connects! Podcast, discovering women’s work, Story Time videos, and coloring pages.
Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, labs—even in our own refrigerators.
This popular annual event turns virtual this year, featuring videos created by Harvard students. Join the webinar to participate in live conversation in response to student projects. Be prepared to see fungi in a whole new way!
The fourth annual Allston-Brighton Winter Market is being held virtually this year. Celebrate local creative entrepreneurship by browsing fine art, artisanal goods, unique services, one-of-a-kind commissions, and handcrafted gifts. 100% of the proceeds from all sales go directly to the vendors.
All of our vendors offer shipping (note: turn-around time varies per artist). Some artists also offer local pickup, personalization, custom commissions, gift certificates, and/or gift wrapping. Many donate a portion of their sales to charity, too.
While turkey might get the most attention at the Thanksgiving table, it’s the pie that get us super excited. Join HUDS Director for Strategic Initiatives & Communications, Crista Martin, as she demonstrates how to bake a festive apple pie!
Election season has you stressed? No matter what the results will be, we plan to dance either way! Join Harvard Common Spaces for 30 minutes of Zumba with Harvard Rec instructor, Sandra, and cool down with DJ Leah V while she takes live requests!
Co-sponsored by HGSE and the Graduate Commons Program, this event is open to the entire Harvard community.