Nature

2019 Apr 17

An Introduction to Medicinal Plants

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed May 08 2019 . Also includes Sat May 11 2019.
6:30pm to 8:30pm

6:30pm to 8:30pm
6:30pm to 8:30pm
6:30pm to 8:30pm
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

Have you ever wanted to be able to separate medicinal plant facts from fiction? This introductory survey course, taught by two experts in the field of ethnobotany, will reveal essential connections between both the anthropological foundations and scientific principles underlying plant-derived drugs around the world. Knowledge will be built for the non-expert, atop four essential pillars of anthropology, botany, chemistry, and pharmacology. The class will be structured to include interactive classroom exercises, the making of simple herbal remedies, and lectures. Our learning experience...

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2019 Apr 15

Botany Blast: Seasonal Shifts in Trees

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

There are challenges to being a tree in a temperate climate, mainly the changing of seasons. But trees are equipped to shift with these environmental changes. Kristel Schoonderwoerd, PhD Candidate for Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, and Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, will explain how trees slow down for winter and subsequently reverse “gears” for springtime and the onset of the growing season.

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2019 Apr 14

Welcome Back, Redwing Blackbirds

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Arborway Gate, Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

Families need nature all year! Celebrate the return of migratory redwing blackbirds to the meadow of the Arnold Arboretum. Search for birds with binoculars, go on a StoryWalk® about wild birds, identify bird calls, dress up as a redwing blackbird, and get a redwing blackbird tattoo!

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2019 Apr 14

April Birding

8:00am to 9:30am

Location: 

Arborway Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

Join the Arnold Arboretum's Brendan Keegan for an easy walk looking for early spring birds. This April walk will focus on breeding behavior, the competitive reality of bird song, and a check on chickadee nesting tubes for signs of activity.

All skill levels, especially beginners, are encouraged to join. Make sure to bring binoculars; a few binoculars will be available to share.

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2019 Apr 13

Drawing Daffodils Workshop: Exploring the Botany Behind the Art

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

Have you ever dissected a flower? Do you know what a corona and a corolla are? Join botanical artists, Angell and Duncan as they lead you in creating pencil sketches of several varieties of daffodils. You will slice the flowers open to examine and draw their reproductive anatomy. The instructors will explain distinguishing features of the beautiful spring flowers and teach basic terminology to add to your understanding of the diverse botanical world.

Some pencils will be available, but bring your own if you have them. We will provide everything else, including microscopes....

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2019 Apr 13

Arnold Arboretum: Saturday Guided Tours

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Jun 29 2019 .
10:30am to 12:00pm

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

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

Enjoy a free guided tour of the Arnold Arboretum landscape with a knowledgeable docent. Tours are appropriate for adults and last approximately 90 minutes. The tour will include landscape highlights, seasonal interest, history, and more.

If you have a group of four or fewer persons, you are welcome to join. For a group of more than four, please request a private tour.

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2019 Apr 13

Artist's Photography Walk: Transitions, Winter Into Spring

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

Join The Arboretum's current exhibiting photographer, Chris Morgan, for a walk in the Arnold Arboretum. He will discuss the best techniques for landscape photography. Make sure to bring your camera or phone!

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2019 Apr 13

Basic Identification of Evergreens

9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Weld Hill Building, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

Evergreens can be conifers or broad-leafed deciduous plants…they aren’t all pine trees. Starting in the classroom, Laura Mele (Arnold Arboretum Horticulturist; MA Certified and ISA Certified Arborist) will introduce basic identifying characteristics of common evergreens and the lead a tour through the Arboretum’s Conifer Collection and Rhododendron Dell for...

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2019 Apr 13

Saturday Forest Bathing

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Apr 27 2019 except Sat Apr 20 2019.
9:00am to 11:00am

9:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Bussey St. Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

This slow-paced guided therapeutic experience promotes wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings. By deepening our connection with the natural world and each other, we open ourselves up to the healing medicine of the forest. Forest Bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.

Cost: $25 member, $35 nonmember

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2019 Apr 06

Arboretum for Educators

9:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Arboretum for Educators monthly explorations are a professional development opportunity for elementary and middle school teachers to introduce the Arboretum landscape as an outdoor classroom. Participants learn about specific hands-on life science topics that may be used or adapted by teachers for their own classrooms and outdoor spaces. Meet and network with other like-minded educators, and engage in life science learning.

April 6: What are Flowers? Form and Function Through Dissections

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2019 Apr 04

Cultivating Wildness Where You Are

9:30am to 11:00am

Location: 

Bussey Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Redirect your commute to the Arnold Arboretum for an exploratory journey into what wildness is, what it could be, and how it might be recovered in our daily lives. No matter if you live in the city or farther afield, exposure to natural elements and observation of other-than-human creatures can refresh your mind and fuel your soul. Gavin Van Horn will lead this landscape amble, interjecting readings and thoughts for finding wildness within and beyond self. Dress according to the weather and plan to walk approximately one mile, on and off trail, up and down steep terrain.

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2019 Apr 03

Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

A wanderer and writer with a doctorate in religion, Gavin Van Horn inhabits a big city. And that city (Chicago) has offered him something to compliment and complicate the solitude of the woods or a remote mountainside: a window onto the attractiveness of cities to animals. What was once in his mind essentially a nature-free zone turns out to be a bustling environment where millions of wild things roam. He came to realize that our own paths are crisscrossed by the tracks and flyways of black-crowned night herons, Cooper’s hawks, brown bats, coyotes, opossums, white-tailed deer, and many...

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2019 Apr 02

Living with White Sharks

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

The Cape Cod white shark population has increased in recent years in response to the dramatic increase in the seal population. Shark sightings—some close to popular swimming and surfing beaches—are becoming more frequent and negative interactions between sharks and humans have become a real concern.

Gregory Skomal has studied and tracked white sharks in the Atlantic for more than 30 years. In this lecture, he will examine the behavior, ecology, natural history, and population dynamics of this species, and how scientific research can help sharks and humans coexist in the Cape...

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