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

Responses to Anthropogenic Climate Change

Camille Parmesan with Net

Responses to Anthropogenic Climate Change: Predicting the Future Requires Knowing the Past

Camille Parmesan, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Plymouth University, UK, and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

1 Session: Tuesday, October 4, 7:00–8:30pm

Camille Parmesan’s work focuses on the impacts of climate change on wildlife, from field studies of American and European butterflies to synthetic analyses of global impacts on a broad range of species on land and in the oceans. She has participated in US and international assessments of climate change impacts and provided formal testimonies for the US House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee. Camille has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2007 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Free. Members only. Registration required as seating is limited.
Register online at or call 617-384-5277.

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Framework Trees of New England

Oaks and Beeches

Framework Trees of New England

Karen Sebastian, ASLA, Landscape Architect

6 Sessions: Tuesdays, September 27, October 4, 18, 25, 6:30–8:30pm; and 2 Saturday field trips, October 15 and October 22

Explore the history, changes in composition, and ecology of the New England forest from the Ice Age through European settlement. Learn to identify native New England trees, their habitats, and their communities. Explore the impact of natural and human disturbances on the forested landscape and learn to recognize stands of different ages. Class meets at Garden in the Woods, Framingham; field trips take place at the Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA and The Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA on Saturdays, October 15, 12:00–4:00pm and October 22, 9:00am–1:00pm.
Fee $246 member, $290 nonmember
Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Offered with the New England Wild Flower Society