Nature

2021 Apr 28

What Spiders Have to Say

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Consider the spider: eight legs, eight eyes, and a brain the size of a poppy seed. These are some of nature’s most amazing and charismatic creatures, and yet we know so little about their worlds. Paul Shamble will discuss the lives, habits, and marvelous morphologies of these animals—from sensory structures and cognition to locomotion and behavior. Understanding these creatures helps us better understand evolution and diversity—and leads us to ask what it means that even tiny animals inhabit complex lives.

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2021 Apr 27

Flap, Hop, Caw

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Celebrate International Crow and Raven Appreciation Day by taking a virtual swoop through the Peabody Museum. These smart birds play games with each other, display anger and friendliness, and appear in cultural tales from around the world. Flap like a real raven with museum educator Javier Marin and learn more about the birds’ characteristics. Find ravens drawn or carved in Alaskan Native art, enjoy a read-aloud Tlingit tale and make a paper craft with Andy Majewski.

Ages: 5–7 (with an adult, if needed)

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2021 Apr 20

After-School Animal Encounters: Humans and Animals

3:00pm to 3:45pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Life on planet Earth can sometimes seem unbelievably diverse and resilient, yet we’re more aware than ever of how connected all living beings are to one another. This special Earth Week edition focuses on some of the challenges animals face today, and on what we humans—young and old—can do to help. This event will be fun for the whole family so bring your questions and sense of wonder, and join Javier, Ryan, and some of our amazing animals as they lead you in a live 45-minute program.

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2021 Apr 19

A Week-Long Celebration of Earth Day

Mon Apr 19 (All day) to Fri Apr 23 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History in celebrating Earth Day with engaging sustainability-themed virtual events and activities for all ages. Join the conversation as Harvard students and experts weigh in on our most pressing environmental challenges, on cutting-edge research, and on promising paths to a more sustainable future. Introduce young minds to environmental science with our live museum animals and HMSC Story Time. Find out how to reconnect with nature and record the biodiversity in your local area. Or, simply indulge in our staff recommendations for...

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2021 Apr 15

Virtual Glass Flowers Tour

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—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 per registration.

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2021 Apr 14

Body Builders: How Animals Regenerate New Parts

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Regeneration is a remarkable phenomenon in which an animal can regrow parts of its body that are lost or damaged by injury. Humans, for example, can repair some organs, but some animals can rebuild their entire bodies from small pieces of tissue. How do these animals accomplish this feat? And why is it that humans cannot regenerate as well as these animals can? Studies of how regeneration works at the molecular and cellular level are beginning to answer the first question. To answer the second question, we have to understand how regeneration has evolved.

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2021 Feb 01

Over Time: Through Art, the Impact of Change in the Arboretum Landscape

Mon Feb 1 (All day) to Sun Apr 25 (All day)

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

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.

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2021 Apr 26

Bark: Get to Know Your Trees

6:00pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

Due to popular demand, we are offering another session of this free webinar. Led by naturalist and conservationist, Michael Wojtech, you'll learn to identify tree species by their bark and discover why such a variety of bark characteristics exist. Why do some species have smooth bark, while on others it is thick and broken? Why does bark peel? Join us to find out!

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2021 Apr 28

Tree Mob: Dredging to Renew the Ponds

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

Maintaining ponds is messy business! Join Associate Project Manager Danny Schissler to learn about the history and upcoming restoration of two of the Arnold Arboretum's most well-loved water bodies, Faxon and Rehder Ponds. Both provide habitat for wildlife and visual delight for humans, and also are part of an essential drainage network within the Arboretum’s landscape.

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2021 Mar 01

Over Time: Through Art, the Impact of Change in the Arboretum Landscape

Mon Mar 1 (All day) to Fri Apr 30 (All day)

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

 

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.

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2021 Mar 01

Everyday Nature Tasks: Simple Activities For Outdoor Fun and Learning

Mon Mar 1 (All day) to Wed Mar 31 (All day)

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

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.

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2021 Mar 09

Beech Leaf Disease with Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

Beech leaf disease (BLD) affects and kills both native and ornamental beech tree species. It is associated with a nematode, Litylenchus crenatae mccannii. This disease has only been discovered in recent years and much about it, including the full cause and how it spreads, is still unknown. Experts from The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Drs. James LaMondia and Robert Marra, will share what is known of this recently discovered disease and discuss ongoing research to control spread of BLD. This free Zoom webinar is co-hosted by Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens and the Arnold...

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2021 Mar 08

"Every Pecan Tree": Trees, Meaning, and Memory in Enslaved People’s Lives

7:00pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

This is the third lecture in the Arnold Arboretum's 2021 Director's Lecture Series. Tiya Miles takes up the pecan tree as inspiration for exploring the meaning of trees in the lives of enslaved African Americans. Using a family heirloom, slave narratives, oral histories, and missionary records, her talk underscores the importance of trees in the Black experience of captivity and resistance, ultimately revealing the centrality of the natural world to Black, and indeed human, survival.

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2021 Mar 06

A History of Path-Making at the Arnold Arboretum

2:00pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

At the time of its founding in 1872, the land on which the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is sighted was a patchwork of farmland and forest. As the Arboretum was planted, pathways were developed to lead people through the picturesque landscape. As the landscape developed, economies shifted, wars took place, and directors changed. Each of these factors subtly influenced shifts in the park’s path system. Join the Arnold Arboretum on Zoom with Jared Rubinstein as he reveals the layers of change in this beloved landscape.

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