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

Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England


Stephen Long, Journalist and Natural Historian
1 Session: Thursday, November 17 7:00–8:30pm, Hunnewell Building
The 1938 hurricane was so devastating partly because nobody had any inkling that it was bearing down on them. Stephen Long will show why that happened and place this storm within a historical context of New England hurricanes before and since.

Until now, the hurricane’s damage to the region’s forests and the people who relied on them has gone largely unexamined. Long’s talk will focus on these forests and the people of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont who were faced with acre after acre of blown down trees. Throughout this talk, eyewitness accounts and archival photos will illuminate this most destructive weather event to ever hit New England. Long’s book will be available for purchase and signing.
Fee $5 member, $10 nonmember
Register at or call 617-384-5277.


Film Screening: City of Trees


A deeply personal story about the struggle for good jobs and environmental justice in our cities.

Wednesday, November 2, 7:30–8:45pm, Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum
Location: Hunnewell Building

Since 1990, nonprofit Washington Parks & People has tried to reduce poverty and violence in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods by improving parks. At the height of the recession, the organization received a stimulus grant to create a “green” job-training program in communities hardest hit. They had two years to help unemployed people find jobs and care for parks in their neighborhoods.

What sounds like a simple goal—putting people back to work by planting trees—becomes complicated by a community’s distrust of outsiders and a fast-approaching deadline before the grant money runs out. Filmed in an unflinching and compelling verité approach over the course of more than two years, CITY OF TREES thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes change-makers face in urban communities every day. Discussion will follow.
Fee $10
Register at or call 617-384-5277.

CITY OF TREES had its world premiere at the 2015 American Conservation Film Festival and was the Audience Choice Award Winner.