Committed to Excellence in Public Engagement

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 1, 2018

Committed to Excellence in Public Engagement

Volunteer Dig Deeper

The Arboretum relies on public support to pursue its mission, and volunteers play an essential role in our outreach. Since our centennial in 1972, volunteer docents have trained to lead the majority of free guided tours in the Arboretum landscape, and the more recent arrival of Arboretum Interpreters has further enhanced visitor interaction. Our Field […]

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An international center for the study of plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 8, 2018

An international center for the study of plants

Weld Hill Dig Deeper

Opened in 2011, the Arnold Arboretum’s Weld Hill Research Building offers world-class facilities for investigations across the spectrum of botanical and environmental sciences. Home to a vibrant scientific community that includes Harvard University faculty, Weld Hill is outfitted with state-of-the-art molecular laboratories, high-power digital microscopy, and modern controlled growth facilities and greenhouses. In addition to […]

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A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 4, 2017

A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
November 9, 2017

A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

Conservation at the Arnold Arboretum

Dedicated to stewardship and discovery, the Arnold Arboretum advances conservation programs as an institutional priority. Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent set the stage as author of the Forestry Census of 1884, a groundbreaking document in the formation of US conservation policy. Sargent also initiated the Arboretum’s pioneering work in plant exploration, extending global reach to […]

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Pioneering Plant Exploration Across the Globe

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
October 23, 2017

Pioneering Plant Exploration Across the Globe

Dig Deeper Exploration

Through nearly 150 years of plant exploration, the Arnold Arboretum has assembled its world-renowned Living Collections. Responding to global change and habitat destruction, the Arboretum is building on its historical legacy by accelerating efforts to collect, preserve, and study biodiversity through the Campaign for the Living Collections. This autumn, Arboretum staff and associates retraced the […]

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Cutting Edge Research in the Living Collections

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
October 3, 2017

Cutting Edge Research in the Living Collections

The Arnold Arboretum’s Living Collections are a world-wide resource for investigations across the spectrum of botanical, environmental and horticultural sciences. With the addition of the Weld Hill Research Building and its state-of-the-art research facilities in 2011, the Arboretum’s capacity for conducting and promoting research in the collections continues to grow. The Arboretum also offers merit-based awards and fellowships to undergraduates, […]

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Acting Locally to Understand Global Change

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 18, 2017

Acting Locally to Understand Global Change

Dig Deeper into Global Change

As a center for plant science, the Arnold Arboretum contributes valuable data and scholarship to the study of Earth’s changing climate. At Weld Hill, the laboratory of Harvard Professor Elizabeth Wolkovich studies how spring has shifted earlier in most parts of the world, including its effects on the wine industry. Arboretum records have contributed to […]

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Boosting Life Science Education for Public Schools

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
August 22, 2017

Boosting Life Science Education for Public Schools

School Programs Dig Deeper

For three decades, the Arnold Arboretum has offered free science programs in our landscape for pre-school and elementary students from Greater Boston’s public schools as a part of our educational mission. Our Field Studies Programs emphasize inquiry and hands-on learning with topics ranging from flower form and seed dispersal to changing ecosystems. Up to 2,000 […]

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Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
August 1, 2017

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

From the original Frederick Law Olmsted paper map imagining “Harvard’s Arboretum” to advanced satellite navigation systems that track our landscape on your desktop or mobile device, mapping is fundamental to documenting our 281-acre landscape and plant collections. Historical maps depict the development of the Arboretum and trace landmark expeditions in Asia. A grid map of […]

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A Global Resource for Information About Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 12, 2017

A Global Resource for Information About Plants

The Arnold Arboretum serves humanity as a premier destination for deepening understanding and appreciation of the plant kingdom. The Horticultural Library contributes significantly to this mission, stewarding a research collection of some 25,000 volumes on botany, horticulture, urban forestry, and more. The Library also houses the Arnold Arboretum Archives, which preserves and shares the Arboretum’s […]

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