Nature

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 15

Winter Wellness Walk

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Mar 29 2020 except Sun Dec 22 2019, Sun Dec 29 2019, Sun Jan 05 2020, Sun Jan 19 2020, Sun Jan 26 2020, Sun Feb 16 2020, Sun Feb 23 2020, Sun Mar 01 2020, Sun Mar 08 2020, Sun Mar 22 2020.
1:00pm to 1:45pm

Location: 

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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2019 Dec 14

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, why's, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and techniques. Andrew Gapinski will focus on small ornamental trees, young shade trees, and shrubs with general approaches towards maintaining a plant’s natural form and encouraging health and vigor.

Note: Pruning for fruit production will not be covered in this offering. Dress for indoor and outdoor learning.

Cost: $30 member, $38 nonmember.

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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 Nov 17

Fall Into Health

10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

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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2019 Nov 13

Propagating Semi-Hardwood Cuttings

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Dana Greenhouse Classroom, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Enhance your garden! Join Manager of Plant Production Tiffany Enzenbacher to learn how to propagate woody plants from fall cuttings. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several taxa (Ilex and Rhododendron to name a few), and will take their propagules home. After rooting, small plants may be ready to transplant as early as next year. Post-class nurturing will be required.

Fee for all materials is included in the cost of the class. Students should bring their own pruners to class.

Cost: $42 for members; $52 for nonmembers...

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2019 Nov 02

Photography with Chris Morgan

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Chris Morgan is fascinated by the patterns and textures in nature, the shapes of trees, and the movements of birds. He captures these beautifully in his photographs, which were on display at the Arnold Arboretum in the winter of 2019.

In this program, Chris will discuss his photographic interests and methods in the classroom and then move outdoors to demonstrate his techniques. Class participants will be able to learn alongside Chris, evaluating views, debating camera angles, and considering focal points in order to shoot better images. Participants should bring their...

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2019 Nov 02

Compost Compendium

9:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Weld Hill Building and Landscape, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Horticulturist Conor Guidarelli manages the Arnold Arboretum’s organic materials recycling area and has recently improved the production and quality of the resulting compost. Conor will discuss the components of compost and the nutrients that can be returned to a site when compost is applied. He will explain the mix of brown to green materials, moisture, and aeration. Class participants will start in the classroom and then travel to the Arboretum’s materials yard to see compost in various stages of development.

Cost: $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers

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2019 Nov 07

Adversity, Belonging, and Survival Among Baboons

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History for a public lecture with Susan Alberts, Robert F. Durden Professor of Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University. 

The social environment—both in early life and adulthood—has major effects on human health and survival. But how and why does the social environment get “under the skin” to also affect our physical health? Susan Alberts pursues this question by studying wild baboons in Kenya. Baboons, like humans, evolved as savannah dwellers. They rely on social relationships to solve problems and—like humans...

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2019 Oct 07

Active Aging Week: Stroll Through Time

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

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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2019 Oct 01

Active Aging Week: Try Tai Chi

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Oct 05 2019 .
10:00am to 11:00am

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

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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2019 Oct 25

The Light You Cannot See: Infrared Photography by Betsey Henkels

Fri Oct 25 (All day) to Sun Feb 2 (All day)

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Opening Reception with the Artist: Saturday, October 26, 1:00pm–3:00pm

Betsey Henkels uses the camera to explore the world in two ways—first by noticing and appreciating objects that she might otherwise overlook, and second, by transforming ordinary scenes into prints that are compelling and unexpected. Henkels spent many hours in the Arboretum, photographing tree canopies, bark, and above ground roots in infrared. Infrared is magical and mysterious. The photographer shoots images without knowing exactly what will show up in the print. Looking through the viewfinder of an...

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2019 Oct 21

Native Woody Plant Materials

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Oct 28 2019 .
10:00am to 3:00pm

10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: 

Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham

Explore the vast variety of native trees, shrubs, and woody vines. Learn which species grow well in shade, which support local wildlife, and how to stagger plantings for continuous bloom, fruit production, and fall color. The class discusses growth characteristics, cultural requirements, and best horticultural uses. It begins with lectures and walks at Garden in the Woods in Framingham and includes a field trip to the Arnold Arboretum in...

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2019 Oct 16

Smartphone Photography: Capturing the Colors of Autumn

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Oct 30 2019 .
1:30pm to 3:30pm

1:30pm to 3:30pm
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Capture the drama of fall, when landscapes present a vivid array of colors and the palette is most striking. Professional photographer Nancy Katz will introduce fundamental concepts of landscape photography and then teach techniques for getting the best photographs from your smartphone camera. You will capture images in dynamic color and muted shades, then learn to enhance them using a host of editing tools provided in the Snapseed App. For best results, bring your smartphone and a commitment to completing the weekly homework assignments. Class will take place indoors and out.

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