Adult Education

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a community resource for education, offering a variety of learning opportunities including lectures, classes, workshops, and tours of our living collections and historical landscape. Join us as we explore the biology and horticulture of woody plants, and delve into topics related to Earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history, the environment, conservation biology, and key social issues associated with current science.

Featured Programs

From Seed to Tree

Jack Germinating Seeds

Greenhouse Staff

Choose from the first Tuesday of the month, May through October, from 1:00-2:00pm

Did you know that almost all of the new plants in the Arboretum begin their lives in the Dana Greenhouses? Get a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree. Meet at the Bonsai Collection. There is a 15 person maximum.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.


Exploring the Conifer Collection

Korean Fir Abies koreana

Exploring the Conifer Collection

Jim Gorman, Horticulturist

2 Sessions: Wednesdays, July 8 and 22, 6:00–8:00pm

The conifer collection at the Arnold Arboretum is dense in diversity and rich in history. Jim Gorman will lead participants through this collection explaining key identification features, natural history, medicinal and economic uses, and horticultural firsts. He will focus on members of the Pinaceae and Cupressaceae that populate the Northern Hemisphere, including firs, hemlocks, pines, cedars, junipers, cypress, calocedrus, and more. Bring a clipboard for this information-rich class and comfortable walking shoes.
Fee $50 member, $65 nonmember


Nature Photography Workshop

Canada Plum by Erik Gehring

Nature Photography Workshop

Erik Gehring, Freelance Photographer

1 Session: Saturday, July 25, 1:00–4:30PM; Rain date, Sunday, July 26

Improve your photographs of nature in this half-day workshop, a talk followed by hands-on experience. Learn about composition, color, light, depth of field, and focus. Bring your camera and manual and familiarize yourself with the operation of your camera prior to the workshop. Level: beginner/advanced beginner. Class size: approximately 10.
Fee $60