Nature

2021 Jul 20

Arnold Arboretum: Volunteer Info Session

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

We’re recruiting volunteers! Join us for a virtual information session to learn about the various volunteer opportunities at the Arboretum.

Public Programs staff will give a short series of presentations on volunteering at the Arboretum, from leading tours through the landscape to working with schoolchildren. After the presentations, attendees can enter breakout rooms to ask additional questions and chat with Arboretum staff.

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2021 Aug 02

Virtual Summer Science Week: Spineless Wonders (Session 2)

Repeats every day until Fri Aug 06 2021 .
9:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Dates: August 2–6

Children entering grades 1–4

  • Grades 1–2 meet 9:30–10:30 am
  • Grades 3–4 meet 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Fees: $63 members/$70 nonmembers

Instructor: Javier Marin

Come explore—virtually—the amazing world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates at the museum! During live Zoom sessions, see a tarantula up close, help find millipedes, and listen to the hiss of a giant...

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2021 Jul 29

Virtual Summer Science Week: Earth Explorers (Session 2)

Repeats every day until Fri Jul 30 2021 .
9:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Dates: July 26–30, 2021

Children entering grades 1-4

  • Grades 1-2 meet 9:30am–10:30am
  • Grades 3-4 meet 11:00am–12:00pm

Fees: $72 members/$80 nonmembers (includes a small packet of special materials mailed to your home).

Instructor: Arielle Moon

Dig into earth science with this virtual museum experience. Explore volcanoes, crystals, and fossils! During the live, small-group Zoom sessions, experiment with “lava,” solve a sandy mystery, and...

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2021 Jul 19

Summer Science Week: All Together Now—Exploring Ecology

Repeats every day until Fri Jul 23 2021 .
9:30am

9:30am
9:30am
9:30am
9:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Dates: July 19–23

For children entering grades 3-6

  • Grades 3-4 meet 9:30am–10:30am
  • Grades 5-6 meet 11:00am–12:00 pm

Fees: $63 members/$70 nonmembers

Instructor: Javier Marin

Join us as we explore the relationships between living things and the places they live, virtually! During these live, small-group Zoom sessions, learn about how animals, plants and their environments are...

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2021 Jul 12

Virtual Summer Science Week: Earth Explorers (Session 1)

Repeats every day until Fri Jul 16 2021 .
9:30am

9:30am
9:30am
9:30am
9:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Dates: July 12–16

Children entering grades 1-4

  • Grades 1-2 meet 9:30am–10:30am
  • Grades 3-4 meet 11:00am–12:00pm

Fees: $72 members/$80 nonmembers (includes a small packet of special materials mailed to your home).

Instructor: Arielle Moon

Dig into earth science with this virtual museum experience. Explore volcanoes, crystals, and fossils! During the live, small-group Zoom sessions, experiment with “lava...

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2021 Jun 09

Virtual Glass Flowers Tour

6:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

Join us for a virtual tour of the famous Glass Flowers! This docent-led tour will delve into the history, artistry, and significance of the collection and give participants the opportunity to explore the gallery online. These interactive tours are approximately one hour long, and offer time for questions and discussion with your tour guide.

Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers

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2021 Jun 28

Virtual Summer Science Week: Spineless Wonders (Session 1)

Repeats every day until Fri Jul 02 2021 .
9:30am

9:30am
9:30am
9:30am
9:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Come explore—virtually—the amazing world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates at the museum! During live Zoom sessions, see a tarantula up close, help find millipedes, and listen to the hiss of a giant cockroach. Learn how to continue your own investigations at home by collecting and studying creepy crawlies. Gain a new appreciation of the 97 percent of all animals on Earth that survive and thrive without a backbone!

Dates: June 28–July 2, 2021
Open to children entering grades 1–4:

  • Grades 1–2 meet 9:...
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2021 Jun 19

In the Groves

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Immerse yourself in the deep beauty of trees in this story and music journey through the Arboretum. Led by Oracle award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, this unfolding performance of ancient tales and songs from cultures around the world takes place in a variety of groves—birch, cherry, and evergreen—at some of the Arboretum’s loveliest spots.

This event is free, but registration is required and limited. Not designed for children under 12, and dogs are not allowed. COVID guidelines will be followed.

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2021 May 17

My Octopus Teacher: Virtual Panel Discussion

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard—Online

"My Octopus Teacher", Oscar winner for Best Documentary, follows filmmaker and naturalist Craig Foster as he develops an unusual bond with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest. Come hear four experts discuss the unique human/animal connection captured in this film.

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2021 Apr 29

Virtual Exhibition: A Walk in the Arboretum: Digital Photocollages by Amy Ragus

Thu Apr 29 (All day) to Sun Jul 18 (All day)

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

Photographer Amy Ragus specializes in multiple frame images of New England landscapes—digital photocollages. Before and during the pandemic, Ragus spent time in the Arboretum, particularly interested in its role as a public space, its open access to everyone. Her work captures the discoveries she found just off a road or path, as well as the people who share this space and enjoy nature throughout the seasons. Explore her sensitive, creative depictions of walks in the Arboretum in this virtual exhibition.

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2021 May 22

Forest Bathing with Toadstool Walks

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun May 30 2021 except Sun May 23 2021.
9:00am to 11:00am

9:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

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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2021 May 20

Wild Collection and Propagation of Rare and Endangered Plants

10:30am

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

In Massachusetts alone, plants make up more than half of the total native species that are officially considered Endangered, Threatened, and Rare. In this talk, we will focus on how ex-situ plant conservation, coordinated plant collection efforts, and plant propagation play vital roles in preserving biodiversity and slowing the deleterious effects of climate change.

We will discuss how collection trips are planned—and how citizen science now plays a role in these efforts—while providing a behind-the-scenes look at the planning process. A large focus will be plant propagation...

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2021 May 11

A Season of Lilacs at the Arnold Arboretum

1:00pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

Lilacs come in a wide range of color, size, flower form, and leaf. Arnold Arboretum docent Chris McArdle will take you on a free, virtual tour of many of these varieties, by way of images from the actual plants in our landscape. From her long years of experience in the lilac collection, and as a docent, she will introduce you to many fascinating histories, anecdotes, as well as the people instrumental in bringing us these much-anticipated May bloomers. From their 17th century beginning in North America, up to some fabulous present-day cultivars, you will experience the breadth of our...

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2021 May 22

Spring Bird Walk

8:00am to 9:30am

Location: 

Peters Hill Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

Join three experienced birders for a 90-minute walk suitable for beginners and experienced birders alike. Meet at the Peters Hill Gate for this walk in the landscape to see Arboretum birds. Space is limited to 30 and the group will be divided into three sections. COVID-19 guidelines of masks and social distancing will be required. Bring binoculars if you have them.

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