Science

2019 Sep 15

Family Hike: Seeds, Seeds, Seeds!

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Families need nature at all times of the year! Join the Arboretum for a family hike where you will look for seeds that fly, seeds that float, seeds that get buried away, and seeds that travel through an animal’s stomach.

This event is free and open to all and most suitable for children ages four through ten.

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2019 Aug 31

Exhibition: Fruits in Decay

Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Mar 1 (All day)

Location: 

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

Fruits in Decay is a new special exhibit in the Glass Flowers gallery that explores blight, rot, and other diseases on summer fruits. It features exquisitely detailed glass botanical models of strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and pears made by famed glass artist Rudolf Blaschka. On display for the first time in nearly two decades, these models capture—with astonishing realism—the intricacies and strange beauty of fruits in various stages of decay.

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2019 Aug 25

Butterfly Discovery Walk

6:00pm to 7:15pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Venture into the Arboretum landscape with caterpillar expert Sam Jaffe. Sam will wander the landscape highlighting host plants and the insects they support, focusing his attention on caterpillars, moths, and butterflies. Bring a camera to document your discoveries and a notebook to record identification tips and plant suggestions for expanding the array of butterflies your garden or park can support.

This event is suitable for adults and children ages 12 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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2019 Aug 23

Moth Meet

9:00pm to 10:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Join the Arnold Arboretum for a late night learning adventure to discover the nocturnal invertebrates that are flitting about the Arboretum after hours. Naturalist Sam Jaffe will start the evening in the classroom with some introductory information about the life-cycles of moths and other night flyers. He’ll then lead the group outdoors for a moth lighting at which we will admire and study a variety of nocturnal insects. Back in the classroom, microscopes and other field guides will allow us to make clear identifications of these lesser-seen beauties.

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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 22

The Caterpillar Lab Visits the Arnold Arboretum

Repeats every day until Mon Aug 26 2019 .
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 20

Exhibition: Cosmic Origins

Sat Jul 20 (All day) to Wed Nov 27 (All day)

Location: 

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

On July 20, 2019, the Harvard Museum of Natural History marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon with the unveiling of Cosmic Origins. Visitors to this new mini-exhibit—located within the Earth & Planetary Sciences exhibition—will investigate the origins of and processes shaping planetary bodies and stars using touchable specimens, colorful visuals, and interactive media.

Through November 27, 2019, the exhibit will also feature an original lunar specimen on loan from NASA, collected during the Apollo 12 mission. Don’t miss the...

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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 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 Jun 20

Exhibition Tour: Small Steps, Giant Leaps

4:30pm to 5:15pm

Location: 

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Join curator John Overholt for a guided tour of the exhibition Small Steps, Giant Leaps to learn about the ways early modern science inspired and made possible the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

Following this tour will be a a screening of The Right Stuff (1983) at the Harvard Film Archive at 5:30pm

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2019 Jul 11

Exhibition Tour: Small Steps, Giant Leaps

12:30pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Join curator John Overholt for a guided tour of the exhibition Small Steps, Giant Leaps to learn about the ways early modern science inspired and made possible the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

Tours are free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

Exhibition Tours are also offered on the following dates:

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