Adult Education

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

Viewing Events from January 20, 2019 to February 19, 2019

Riding through Winter Forum

City of Boston: Riding Through Winter Forum

Boston Bikes, City of Boston
1 Session: Wednesday, January 23, 6:00–7:00pm
Location: Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building

Wednesday, January 23, 6:00-7:00pm

The Riding Through Winter Forum will begin with a short presentation by the Boston Bikes team. We will then open th floor to attendees for a brief Q&A session. If you've always wanted to attempt riding your bicycle in a Boston winter, but didn't know where to start, this is for you.

Free

Note: Additional Session: January 24, BPL - Brighton, 40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, 6-7pm.

Sponsored by the CITY OF BOSTON and the BOSTON TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
Smartphone Photography: Winter Landscapes Enhanced

Smartphone Photography: Winter Landscapes Enhanced

Nancy Katz, Professional Photographer
3 Sessions: Sat January 26, February 9, 23 8:30am–10:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building and Landscape

Capture the essence of winter, when landscapes present a diluted palette of colors and contrasts are most striking. Professional photographer Nancy Katz will introduce fundamental concepts of landscape photography and then teach techniques for getting the best photographs from your smartphone camera. You will capture images in color and black and white, then learn to enhance them using a host of editing tools provided in the Snapseed App. (Note: Nancy Katz was selected by the Apple Store of Boston as a guest artist in March 2017 for her photography work with her iPhone and has taught her techniques there and most recently at Brandeis University’s Osher Life Long Learning Institute.) 

Fee member $65, nonmember $84
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.
Plant Collecting in Western Hubei, China

Plant Collecting in Western Hubei, China

Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum and Peter Zale, PhD, Associate Director, Conservation, Plant Breeding and Collections, Longwood Gardens
1 Session: Tuesday, January 29, 6:30–7:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Valued for its rich diversity of temperate flora, Hubei, China has long been a destination for Arboretum explorers, from the time of E. H. Wilson on his first Arboretum trip, to the 1980 Sino-American Botanical Expedition, and in more recent times, the 1994 North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC) expedition to explore the “Horticultural Heaven” of Wudang Mountain. Among Hubei’s botanical fame includes holding the remaining living wild-populations of dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in the province’s southwest county of Lichuan. Please join Andrew Gapinski and Peter Zale as they share the history of exploration of the Province and tales of the their three-week Western Hubei plant collecting journey as part of the 2018 NACPEC expedition.

Fee Free, registration requested

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Arboretum for Educators

Arboretum for Educators

Monthly: Select Saturdays, 9:00–11:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building

Arboretum for Educators monthly explorations are a professional development opportunity for elementary and middle school teachers to introduce the Arboretum landscape as an outdoor classroom. Participants learn about specific hands-on life science topics that may be used or adapted by teachers for their own classrooms and outdoor spaces. Meet and network with other like-minded educators, and engage in life science learning.

Free, but registration requested

View a printable 2018-2019 schedule.


Botany Blast: New and Emerging Pests

Botany Blast: New and Emerging Pests at the Arnold Arboretum

Jared Rubinstein, Living Collections Fellow, Arnold Arboretum, and Javier Marin, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator, Crop & Pest Services, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
1 Session: Tuesday, February 5, 6:00–7:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

The Arnold Arboretum has a long history of finding innovative ways of responding to threats to the collection from pests and diseases. Come learn about some new and emerging pests in the region and how the Arboretum is trying to get ahead of their arrival. We’ll talk specifically about spotted lanternfly, thousand cankers disease, southern pine beetle, and winter moth.

Fee Free, but registration requested

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Design Workshop for Home Gardeners

Garden Design Workshop for Home Gardeners

Christie Dustman, Designer, APLD
5 Sessions: Wednesdays, February 6, 13, (skip 20), 27, Mar 6, 13, 6:30–8:30pm
Location: Weld Hill Building
We have the desire to make a garden, but then we grapple with how to start designing our home garden spaces. Design a layout plan for an area of your yard in this beginner-level class. Learn the organizational components of a coherent garden and practice the process of design with award-winning designer Christie Dustman. You will leave class with a plan in progress from which to continue your design explorations. This class is primarily about garden spaces rather than specific plant selection. You will be required to draw a base plan for your site (with tutelage in class) and will need to purchase some drawing tools and pay for copying. Other supplies will be provided. Limited to 16 students.
Fee $150 member, $188 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Winter Tree Identification

Winter Tree Identification

Sue Pfeiffer, Horticulture Instructor, Norfolk County Agricultural High School
1 Session: Saturday, February 9, 1:00–4:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Without their leaves, trees can be challenging to identify in the winter. However, if you consider a tree’s branching structure and buds, you can often determine its species. Former Arboretum Horticulturist and now a high school teacher, Sue Pfeiffer will speak about the clues to look for and the keys available to help you definitively identify specific trees. Dress in layers for indoor and outdoor learning.
Fee $40 member; $52 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.