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 June 21, 2018 to July 21, 2018

Tree Mob: Sunshine on a Solar Array

Tree Mob™! I've Got Sunshine...on a solar array

1 Session: Thursday, June 21, 6:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building, Staff Patio

 

The Arnold Arboretum is the home of a living collection of over 15,000 individual plants, but there are other – also very interesting – living organisms that inhabit this space. One such organism makes its home on solar panels recently installed on the roof of the Arboretum’s equipment garage. Over the last few months Kristie Sylvia Araceli Tanner has been studying these micro-organisms. Despite the harsh environmental conditions that these surfaces are exposed to (temperature fluctuations, irradiation, and desiccation), solar panels harbor a high amount of pigmented bacteria. Join us at this Tree Mob to learn about the range of applications for these unseen organisms…and how they may color your future. Meet at the staff patio behind the Hunnewell Building on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30pm. Follow signs from the Hunnewell Building to the location.

Parking: Park along the Arborway near the Arborway Gate. Enter through the Arborway Gate and turn right next to the Hunnewell Building into the equipment lot. Follow signs to the Staff Patio.

Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Orange Line to Forest Hills. At the upper level of the station, cross Washington Street and go to the right. Walk uphill on the sidewalk that parallels the Arborway down ramp. Continue until you reach Arborway Gate (approximately a 15 minute walk). Enter through the gate and follow signs to the mob. Or take the 39 Bus to South and Sedgwick Streets. Walk west on Custer Street to the Arborway and cross at the lights to the Arboretum. Follow signs to the mob.

See map of gate locations. See directions.

Free: No registration required

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. Learn more.

 

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller, and Margot Chamberlain, Celtic Harpist
2 Sessions (select one): Friday, June 22, or Saturday, June 23, 6:30–8:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building and Arboretum Landscape
Join us for an enchanting evening of Tree Myths, Songs and Summer Solstice Legends. Diane and Margot spin tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance, designed specifically for the Arnold Arboretum, travels through the Arboretum with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants. The program begins under a grand Cedar of Lebanon, moves into the rosaceous collection, to the oaks of Bussey Hill, then onward to Hemlock Hill, culminating with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told amid the birches at sunset. Appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. Registrants will walk approximately two miles on and off trails on uneven terrain. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held in the Hunnewell Building lecture hall. Register early for this popular event.

Fee $20 per person through June 15; $25 per person after June 15
Exploring Fungi

Exploring Fungi at the Arnold Arboretum

Sponsored by the Boston Micological Club
1 Session: Sunday, June 24, 10:30am
Location: Bussey Street Gate

There are hundreds of thousands of fungi all around us. Some help trees to thrive, others decompose organic materials and turn them to soil, some are destructive and some are edible. Mushrooms appear as if by magic after a rain and often disappear as quickly. Come take a walk with members of the Boston Mycological Club, the country’s oldest surviving mycological society. We will go out and search for various types of fungi and bring them back to be examined and identified. This will be a special opportunity to learn the basics of identifying the mushrooms you find as you explore the outdoors.
Free, no registration

Tree Identification Primer

Tree Identification Primer

Catherine Chamberlain, Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum, and Wayne Daly, MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation at Trinity College Dublin
2 Sessions, Select One: Sunday, May 20, June 24  1:30–3:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building Landscape

Trees and shrubs can be challenging to identify, but as the saying goes, “…you will love only what you understand…” (Baba Dioum). So why not expand the number of trees and shrubs you become aware of and can identify? In this session, Cat Chamberlain and Wayne Daly will lead you through the Arnold Arboretum to practice using dichotomous keys, plant presses, and other tools often used in field research. This casual journey through the landscape will allow you to familiarize yourself with and appreciate the flora that surrounds you. Dress for learning in the landscape and bring a magnifier lens if you have one.
Fee $10 member, $20 nonmember per session

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

Forest Bathing: Half Day Retreat

Forest Bathing - Half Day Retreat

Guided Therapeutic Experience
Year Round, 1st Saturday and 1st Thursday of each month (beginning Sat. March 3) 
8:00am-11:00am
Tam Willey, Certified Forest Therapy Guide
Year Round, 1st Saturday and 1st Thursday of each month, beginning Saturday March 3
Location: Bussey St. Gate Entrance at map tables


Did you know that spending time connecting with nature has been medically and scientifically proven to treat stress-related illnesses?  Relax and unplug on a Guided Forest Bathing Walk, a slow-paced facilitated combination of wandering, sitting, and resting.  We will cover no more than 1-2 miles as I Guide us through a sequence of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our surroundings in a way that support reconnecting or deepening our connection with the natural world.  
 
This practice is inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, a term coined in Japan in the 1980’s, where much infrastructure has been created around designated healing forests.  Shinrin-Yoku translates to Forest Bathing and is a prominent feature of preventative medicine and healing in Japan.  A plethora of studies have been done demonstrating how nature is powerful medicine in treating stress-related illnesses.

 

Experience the healing power of the Arboretum.

Tam is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.  She recently completed her practicum here at the Arnold Arboretum.  Tam has first hand experience of the healing benefits of spending time in nature. For more information about Tam take a look at her website, Toadstool Walks.
Fee $40 member, $50 nonmember
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5209

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.304.9313

Morning Yoga at the Arboretum

Morning Yoga at the Arboretum

Adrienne Sharigian, Yoga Instructor
4 Sessions: Sun July 8, 15, 22, 29 10:00am–11:30am
Location:  Hunnewell Building

Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum.

This event is cosponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, National Park Service Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital.
In the case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall).
Free, registration is limited and required at my.arboretum.harvard.edu

Tree Health Assessment

Tree Health Assessment

Jerry Bond, Urban Forestry Consultant, Urban Forest Analytics LLC
1 Session: Wednesday, July 18, 9:00am–4:00pm
Location: Weld Hill Research Building and Landscape

Jerry Bond will lead attendees through a new field protocol for obtaining quick and reliable estimates of tree health, a critical component of tree condition. He will introduce his process of observation, with emphasis on producing repeatable and useful results. After practicing techniques in the field, he will present the way field observations can be interpreted and transformed into reliable information for communicating to clients. Jerry will also stress understanding the limits of observation in order to guard against making assumptions. A second outdoor session will test real-world application of these methods. He will explain the biological foundation for his field protocol and end the program with the day-to-day utility of this approach within various work contexts. This class is based on the book, Urban Tree Health: A Practical and Precise Estimation Method, by Jerry Bond, published in 2012. Lunch will be provided.

Fee $150

Note: This program takes place at the Arboretum's Weld Hill Research Building, located at 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale.

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

Tree Load in Risk Assessment

Tree Load in Risk Assessment

Jerry Bond, Urban Forestry Consultant, Urban Forest Analytics LLC
1 Session: Thursday, July 19, 9:00am–12:30pm
Location: Weld Hill Research Building and Landscape

This half-day course will demonstrate how to incorporate estimates of tree load into ordinary tree risk assessment. Jerry Bond will present the concept and complexity of tree load and provide an overview of the research about load factors. He will then move on to solving the problem of including tree load, the most important development in the field over the last two decades, into the daily work of an arborist. In an outdoor session, participants will apply what has been learned to develop a load profile. The program concludes by considering the utility of this approach across the tree industry.
Fee $75

Note: This program takes place at the Arboretum's Weld Hill Research Building, located at 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale.

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