Next Tree Mob™ -
August 28, 2016

Tree Mob™! At the Arnold Arboretum

Jose Luis Alvarez is a nurseryman in Mexico, who for decades there has been growing trees for reforestation projects. In 1997, he created Forests for Monarchs (FFM), also known as La Cruz Habitat Protection Program (LCHPP), an innovative non-profit designed to restore monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) forest habitat in Mexico and at the same time give indigenous people a desperately needed source of wood.

Alvarez will discuss monarch evolution, migration and population changes and review the science which led to the discovery of over-wintering grounds in Mexico. He will also address monarch habitat issues in the United States and the work being done to stabilize the monarch population.

Meet at the Dawn Redwood (Acc. # 524-48*Z), close to the intersection of Valley Road and Hemlock Hill Road on Sunday, August 28 at 1:00pm.

Parking: Park on Bussey Street and enter through the Bussey Street Gate. Walk to the intersection with Valley Road.

Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Orange Line to Forest Hills. At the upper level of the station, cross Washington Street and walk uphill on South Street. Pass the State Laboratory Institute on the right. Just beyond that property, enter through the Beech Path Gate and head west on Beech Path, then downhill to Valley Road. Or take Blackwell Footpath to South Street Gate to Valley Road.

See map for gate and collections 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.