Nature

2022 May 07

Ukrainian Plants of the Arboretum Tour

11:00am to 12:00pm

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Arnold Arboretum (Hunnewell Building), 125 Arborway, Boston

Ukrainian culture is rich with references to the natural world. Join a one-hour walking tour with Arboretum Horticulturist Brendan Keegan. Learn about plants within the Arboretum's collections that are notable in Ukrainian history, cuisine, agriculture, and more. The tour is in support of our colleagues at botanical institutions throughout Ukraine.

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2022 May 16

Art Exhibit | Stoneroot Epistle: Collage and Words in Conversation

Repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until Sat Jun 25 2022 .
12:00pm to 4:00pm

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Arnold Arboretum (Hunnewell Visitor Center), 125 Arborway, Boston

Visit the Arnold Arboretum's newly reopened Hunnewell Visitor Center and immerse yourself in this truly unique exhibition. The book, Stoneroot Epistle, was born out of Joyce Swagerty (Harvard class of '78) and Daina Swagerty's desire to understand the connection between themselves, the natural world, and the universal journey inspired by the African diaspora. The project by this mother and daughter was a spiritual adventure.

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2022 May 16

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

7:00pm to 8:30pm

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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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2022 May 08

Lilac Sunday

10:00am to 3:00pm

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Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Join us for the first Lilac Sunday since 2019! We’ll be celebrating 150 years of Arboretum history and 112 Lilac Sundays.

Experience the springtime bloom of our renowned collection of nearly 400 lilacs. Visit for tours with Arboretum experts, hands-on children’s programming, and more.

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2022 Apr 09

Arnold Arboretum: Guided Tours (Saturdays)

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Apr 30 2022 .
10:30am to 12:00pm

10:30am to 12:00pm
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10:30am to 12:00pm

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Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

On Saturdays and Sundays in April, join us for a 90-minute walk through the Arboretum! Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent.

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2022 Apr 06

After-School Animal Encounters: Super Skeletons

4:00pm to 4:45pm

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Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

Free Virtual Family Program

Do snakes have bones? Can a turtle crawl out of its shell? How far could you jump if you were a frog? Looking at skeletons can help us answer these questions! Comparing the skeletons of different animals can help us learn more about how they live and move. Join human museum staffers Arielle and Javier as they lead you in a 45-minute program with live animals and specimens from the museum collections. This event will be fun for the whole family so bring your questions and sense of wonder.

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2022 Mar 23

Restoring Ecosystems in a Time of Ongoing Global Change

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

How long does it take for an ecosystem to recover after it is disturbed or destroyed by human activities? How do we know when an ecosystem has recovered? In this lecture, restoration ecologist David Moreno Mateos will discuss the traditional methods used to assess the recovery of terrestrial ecosystems—such as changes in biodiversity or soil carbon levels—and highlight their limitations. He will make a case for more comprehensive and long-term approaches to understanding and measuring ecosystem recovery and highlight their potential for enhancing environmental policies and large-scale...

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2022 Mar 09

After-School Animal Encounters: Get Growing!

4:00pm to 4:45pm

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Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

In the natural world, animals have all sorts of fascinating ways in which they grow. From tadpoles changing into bullfrogs to baby turtles becoming goliaths, growing up is a big part of life! Learn about the different life cycles and life histories of some of our favorite museum animals and how they’ve grown over time. Join human museum staffers Javier and Arielle, as they lead you in a 45-minute program with live animals and specimens from the museum collections. This event will be fun for the whole family so bring your questions and sense of wonder.

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2022 Mar 01

Art Exhibition | Seeds for Tomorrow: Woody Plants of the Arnold Arboretum

Tue Mar 1 (All day) to Mon May 30 (All day)

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

Laura Fantini uses colored pencil to render seeds in exquisite, hyper-realistic drawings. This series is called “Hope,” and therein lies the power of seeds. They are emblematic of both birth and growth—small, complicated, and extraordinary, like the wonderful drawings in this exhibition.

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2022 Mar 29

Celebrating a Sesquicentennial: The Founding of the Arnold Arboretum

2:00pm to 3:00pm

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

The Arnold Arboretum was founded on Friday, March 29, 1872. Exactly 150 years later, we invite you to join Lisa Pearson, Head of the Arboretum Library and Archives, for a special sesquicentennial lecture! Pearson will discuss the earliest benefactors of the Arboretum, the events surrounding the founding of the institution, and the busy first two decades during which the infrastructure and living collections were installed on the grounds.

This event will also be livestreamed to YouTube. To sign up for the virtual livestream instead,...

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2022 Mar 12

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

2:30pm to 4:00pm

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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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2022 Feb 19

Witch-Hazel Walk

1:00pm to 2:10pm

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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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2022 Feb 01

Apply to Volunteer at the Arnold Arboretum

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Location: 

Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Make a difference as an Arnold Arboretum Field Study Guide! Training for the spring season of school programs at the Arboretum begins March 29. We are looking for outgoing and mature adults who can commit to two years of volunteering. You do not need to know about plants, but experience working with children is preferred. If you are interested, please complete an application by March 11 for an interview.

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