Next Tree Mob™ -
6:00pm, September 21, 2016

Tree Mob™! At the Arnold Arboretum

In early September, goats became part of the scenery at the Arnold Arboretum, adding a pastoral accent to the already bucolic landscape. But these goats aren’t here, just sitting pretty. They are here to help the Arboretum control invasive plants and overgrown brush…without the use of chemicals. Learn more about this new pilot program and see the goats in action. Elaine Philbrick, co-founder of The Goatscaping Company, located at the Colchester Neighborhood Farm in Plympton, MA, will speak about the benefits of using goats to manage landscapes. Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education, will speak about the Arboretum’s decision to employ goats. Meet on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:00pm at Acc. # 683-84*A, Fraxinus pennsylvanica var. subintegerrima, a short walk from the Poplar Street Gate on the east end of Bussey Street at the edge of Peters Hill.

Parking: Park along the east end of Bussey Street and enter through Poplar Gate. Follow the signs onto the dirt path.

Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Orange Line to Forest Hills. At the upper level of the station, cross Washington Street and walk left to the Arboretum’s Washington Street Gate. Follow Blackwell Footpath to South Street. Turn left onto South Street and walk to the intersection with Bussey Street and Poplar Gate.

See map for gate locations.

Join us for a Tree Mob™!

What’s a Tree Mob™?

Tree Mobs are interactions with scientists or other specialists at the Arnold Arboretum, and provide another pathway to enjoy and learn in the landscape. Experts share little-known facts about our living plant collection, its relevance today, and its importance to future generations. A Tree Mob may attract a small group or a large gathering—we won’t know until it takes place. Join us in the landscape and discover something new.

What can I expect?

Plan to spend approximately 30 minutes learning about an interesting component of our collection. You can then continue your exploration of the Arnold Arboretum on your own. Tree Mobs are time, date, and location specific.

How does it work?

We will communicate about Tree Mobs by various means (see below). Using mobile technologies, such as a smartphone with location-awareness enabled, you will be able to navigate to the event location. You can also view and print a map we will provide with the day’s Tree Mob location on our website. With directions in hand, proceed to the designated meeting place to participate in our experiment for spontaneous learning.

How can I be notified?

  • Link to Tree Mob on your mobile device.
  • Sign up or manage email notification.
  • Visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.
  • Keep an eye on our website.
  • Scan this QR code with your mobile device.