Nature

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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2019 Oct 10

Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

As the first botanical history of World War II, Plants Go to War examines military history from the perspective of plant science. From victory gardens to drugs, timber, rubber, and fibers, plants supplied materials with key roles in victory. Author and botanist Judith Sumner will speak of the many plants that were incorporated into wartime safety materials, diet and rations, and even bombers.

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2019 Oct 20

Family Hike: Observing Squirrels!

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 sneak about and see what our furry friends are doing as winter draws closer. Get a tattoo, play with puppets, and read a StoryWalk®.

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Note: This event is most suitable for children ages four through ten...

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2019 Oct 26

Fabulous Fungus Fair

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, and labs—even in our own refrigerators. This is an opportunity to investigate fungal diversity and participate in hands-on activities led by Harvard students.

Note: Regular museum admission rates apply.

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2019 Oct 21

Voices of the Rainforest

6:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Voices of the Rainforest is an experiential documentary about the ecological and aesthetic coevolution of Papua New Guinea’s Bosavi rainforest region and its inhabitants. The film immerses viewers in the rainforest, making myriad connections between the everyday sounds of the rainforest biosphere and the creative practices of the Bosavi people who sing to, with, and about it.

Following the screening, Steven Feld will discuss the film with Amahl Bishara, an associate professor of anthropology at Tufts University.

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2019 Oct 06

Reptile Day

11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

Celebrate reptiles! Join Harvard students from the Harvard College Conservation Society for a variety of reptile themed activities including a scavenger hunt, storytime, and crafts. Come learn about the history and diversity of reptiles, and why they need to be conserved! All ages are welcome.

Please note: Regular museum admission rates apply.

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