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Arnold Arboretum


Program Highlights

Our line up of September and October classes have been posted. Take a look and register now. Details »

Tree mobs in August delve into the emerald ash borer, white pines, and willows. Details »

Introduction to Botany, offered annually, begins on September 23. Details »

Adult Education

The Arnold Arboretum 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

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Big, Old, and Beautiful—Sometimes…
Neil Pederson, PhD, used to think that the biggest trees must be the oldest. But through research and lots of time spent in forests searching for old trees, he’s learned to pay attention to the finer characteristics that indicate longevity in trees. In his talk on September 15, Charismatic Megaflora: What do old trees look like?, Neil will  speak about tree coring, environmentally-caused stunting, and persistence—both his and that of his favorite old trees. Register »

Birds in the Hood
Paige Warren, PhD, has birds in mind as she collects new data and analyses old data about the presence of birds in cities. Her research aims to understand more about the resources urban birds use, how habitat fragmentation affects their behavior, and what we can do to improve their daily existence. Learn more at her talk on September 22. Register »

Changing Forests
Habitat fragmentation, increasing homogeneity of the vegetation, and the loss of top predators all threaten the biological diversity of New England’s deciduous forests. Understanding the history and ecology of these forests is critical for sustaining their productivity and preventing the loss of biological diversity. On September 30, Professor Robert Askins, PhD, will present a talk about the major threats to our local forests and new insights for their protection from studies of similar forests in East Asia and Europe. Register »

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