Nature

2019 Aug 22

Garden for Biodiversity

7:00pm to 8:15pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Sam Jaffe, naturalist and educator, will present both the collaborative and deceitful nature of insects and plants as they’ve evolved to rely upon one another. This lecture, illustrated with Sam’s gorgeous photographs, will expand your invertebrate knowledge, appreciation, and desire to be the best garden host you can be.

Cost:
$10 for members; $15 for nonmembers.

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2019 Aug 18

Family Hike: The Forest is Calling

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Families need nature at all times of the year! After meeting inside the main gate at the Visitor Center, you'll visit a nearby forest inside the Arboretum and learn what plants and animals live there. Visitors will get a chance to play with forest puppets, get a tattoo, and read a StoryWalk ®.

Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten.

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2019 Aug 22

The Caterpillar Lab Visits the Arnold Arboretum

Repeats every day until Mon Aug 26 2019 .
10:00am to 5:00pm

10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

The Caterpillar Lab, from Keene, New Hampshire, comes to the Arnold Arboretum for 5 days of astonishing exhibits. Explore the amazing world of caterpillars on a whole new level. There will be live caterpillars, cocoons, hatched eggs, shed skins, and much more. Visitors of all ages will be amazed!

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2019 Jul 28

Catch Some Rays!—Solar Energy

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

This is part of the new Science in Our Park Series. Come to the Arnold Arboretum and be a scientist! Get your hands onto scientific tools, use your observation skills, and share your findings with others.

Catch Some Rays! will let you harness the power of the sun. Help to create solar ovens, test the ability of various garden bed coverings to keep roots cool, and plant a sunflower seed that will follow the sun.

Please note: One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five and up.

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2019 Jul 28

Art Workshop: Cyanotype Printing for Families

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Sarah Cross, the Arnold Arboretum's exhibiting artist of Between the Leaves, will hold a cyanotype printing workshop for families. Join Sarah to make beautiful blue prints of leaves and blooms found at the Arboretum, while you learn about this alternative printing technique. After making your own unique cyanotype photogram, you will be able to take it home. All materials will be provided.

Please note: This free drop-in activity is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

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2019 Jul 19

Free Fun Friday at the Arnold Arboretum

10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

As part of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays! program, enjoy free activities at the Arnold Arboretum like:

  • Arborist Station: Meet an Arboretum arborist and see them in action. Try on arborist protective gear and get up close and personal with the special tools used by arborists.
  • Watercolor Station:  Become inspired by the beauty of the Arboretum and use...
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2019 Jul 20

Angiosperms and Gymnosperms: The Basics

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Centre Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Boston

What better place to look for the differences between angiosperms (plants that flower and have enclosed seeds), and gymnosperms (plants with "naked seeds," including conifers, ginkgos, and others), than in the Arnold Arboretum landscape, where over 15,000 plants reside in a living museum. Join our guide as she points out trees in both groups and describes the characteristics of each.

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2019 Jul 14

Morning Yoga at the Arboretum

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Aug 04 2019 .
10:00am to 11:30am

10:00am to 11:30am
10:00am to 11:30am
10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Hunnewell Building Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum.

This event is cosponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and the National Park Service Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

In the case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall)....

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2019 Jul 13

Art Workshop: Making Art in the Landscape

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Join Paul Olson, the Arnold Arboretum's exhibiting artist of Drawn to Paint, for a sketching workshop "en plein air" (outside, in the landscape). Olson, an instructor at Mass College of Art and RISD, will focus on teaching you to sketch trees from direct observation outdoors. He will encourage you to think about simplifying your design with just the essential shapes to make a good composition in light pencil. Then, you can use ink and water for an expressive tonal image. Bring pencils and sketchbooks; some supplies will be available.

Cost: $10 for...

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2019 Jul 13

Exploring Science Together: Bugs!

10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

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

Take a closer look and explore the world of minuscule bugs! Learn through hands-on activities designed to show you how to classify and identify these numerous and diverse creatures! Participate in activities in our incredible arthropods gallery. Observe and touch live invertebrates, and then go outside and collect some of your own. Dig in the dirt and learn how invertebrates help people compost food waste into soil. Create your own scientific equipment that will help you continue the study of entomology at home.

All activities are designed to be fun and interactive experiences...

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2019 Jul 24

Gardening for Butterflies and Moths

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Learn how to attract butterflies and moths to your garden and cater to their unique lifecycle requirements in this program focused exclusively on lepidopteran-friendly gardening techniques. Lepidopteran conservation in New England is more important than ever, as many formerly common species are now threatened with extirpation. Colin McCallum-Cook, Horticultural Technologist, will also show you how to use citizen science applications to monitor species in your garden and contribute valuable data to the cause of lepidopteran conservation.

Cost: $25 for...

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